The Monte Carlo Rally has always been about survival. For a professional driver and co-driver it's an enormous challenge to stay within their abilities when they're strapped into a potent World Rally Car. But they must be calm and collected behind the wheel if they want to get to the end of this opening round of the World Rally Championship.
On day two of the event the British duo of Kris Meeke and Elfyn Evans once again drove admirably. After today's five stages Meeke is in third position in his factory Citroen DS3 WRC. Consistent times helped his cause but the Dungannon driver was happy to admit that he was enjoying the stages.
Meeke came very close to securing a full WRC drive with Mini for the 2012 season but that fell through weeks before the season started. That he's now leading nine-time champion Sébastien Loeb's old team is a dream, but also an opportunity he's making the most of.
For Welshman Evans competing on the Monte for M-Sport in one of its Ford Fiesta RS WRCs is the culmination of years of determined hard work. In rallying a driver needs experience and stage miles. Obtaining this is difficult, mainly due to the cost involved. Evans has made a mark on the WRC this weekend with his mature performance. He's in sixth position as the crews pause in Monaco overnight.