DOB: 12 November 1983
Team: Evans Motorsport
Sponsors: Tankformers, MRF Tyres
Hometown: Berwick, Victoria
Live: Berwick, Victoria
Hobbies: Basketball, gym
Eli Evans is a three time Australian Rally Champion, taking out the title in 2012, 2013 and 2015 with long-time co-driver Glen Weston. The pair broke Possum Bourne’s record of nine straight wins on their way to the 2013 title, and claimed the manufactures’ title for Honda in 2013.
In 2015, Evans competed and won for Citroen in the Australian Rally Championship and went on to contest the 2016 Chinese Rally Championship for DS Team China.
In 2017, Evans Motorsport built the Mini Cooper AP4, and Evans debuted the car at the National Capital Rally.
With the retirement of Weston at the end of 2017, Evans’ recruited Ben Searcy to the co-driver seat for the 2018 Australian Rally Championship.
Favourite rally event:
Coffs Harbour because it’s a WRC round of course!
Favourite rally stage:
Mawsons Row (old Rally SA stage) – fast flowing shire road that was awesome fun.
Very first rally memory/experience:
WRC 87 on VHS. I knew every driver’s name and car and I was three years old.
The moment you knew you were hooked on rally:
I’m not hooked, I can give up ant anytime!
Career highlight to date:
ARC champion 2012, 2013 and 2015. Also beating my brother Simon on a stage for the first time.
Most memorable rally moment:
Breaking Possum Bourne’s record of nine wins in a row!
Dream rally car:
Evo 9 – I’ve never driven one.
Dream road car:
Current road car:
Who is your idol or inspiration:
Best advice ever received:
Treat everybody nice and use your manners (Mum).
If you could invite three people to dinner, who would they be:
Mila Kunis… three nights in a row!
Tell us one thing about yourself most people don’t know:
My favourite sport is basketball, more than rally.
First competitive rally:
Not sure, was in 2003.
Rally Melbourne 2004.
Winning every rally in 2013 ARC against great competition.
Married with three kids, run my own business.