by Rob Wilkins

Revolution Wheels Rally Team man James Wozencroft has said that he will be gunning for a podium place on the Todds Leap Ulster International Rally next weekend.

Wozencroft has enjoyed a strong season to date in the Tesco 99 Octane MSA British Rally Championship and currently lies third overall in the standings, sandwiched between former champions Mark Higgins and Guy Wilks.

With two fourth places already under his belt this year though, the MSA British Rally Elite member now wants to try and go one better in Armagh.

"We have had two fourth positions in the BRC on the last two events and so I think we have got to be aiming for a podium [in Ireland]," he confirmed in an exclusive interview with Radio recently.

"We were getting quite close to David Higgins' pace on some of the stages on the Manx and it would be nice now to get in front of him on some of the tests on the Ulster.

"It is a very tough event though. It is not that different to the Manx in terms of how difficult it is to finish. But to be honest it has always been the event I have done the best on in the last two years in the British championship. I am really looking forward to it."

Wozencroft switched from using a Suzuki Swift to a four-wheel drive Subaru Impreza this season, but despite that change, he has made the step up look relatively easy.

"It has not been as bad as I thought to be honest. We had quite a few tests before the season started and before the Pirelli. We really got into the car straight away. Okay at times I made some silly little mistakes on the Pirelli, but I quickly adapted," he continued.

"I really love the car now, and I am getting use to it. Geoff Jones Motorsport prepares a fantastic car and we are just having a great run. I can't complain. I am really, really enjoying it."

Asked which result has pleased him most so far, James added that his form on the last event in the Isle of Man was 'definitely' the most satisfying.

"It was a great event for us. The conditions were really difficult, but we probably went better in the difficult conditions than in the dry," he explained.

"It was just great to set those sorts of stage times on such a tough event and to be up against David Higgins and come out of some of the stages less than a second apart from him on his local event was brilliant. I was over-the-moon with it. Also to get the Manx Star Driver award was a great feeling too."

So what is the target for the rest of the year?

"It is very difficult to say. As a whole for the championship it would be great to finish third overall for the season. That would be a fantastic result," he summed-up. "It is going to be a very tough challenge to try and hang onto that though. We just need to try and do our best on the Ulster and then see how we fare after that."