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Wilks eyes `gold` on the Ulster.

Guy Wilks has said that he will be after nothing less than a win on the Ulster International Rally this coming weekend, the fourth round in the 2008 Tesco 99 Octane MSA British Rally Championship.

Wilks has taken a first and a second place from the first three rounds in the BRC and currently lies fourth in the standings - one point behind James Wozencroft, two points behind Mark Higgins and ten points behind current leader, David Higgins.

However with competitors only allowed to count their best five scores from seven it is still very open and now the Englishman is determined to get his title defence back on track.

"I'm looking forward to being back in the Mitsubishi and getting on with the job that needs to be done this weekend," said the 27-year-old, who will again be co-driven David Moynihan, as regular partner Phil Pugh is still struggling with a recurring back problem.

"Last year on this event I only had the chance to do a few good stages, so there's a score to settle here.

"I have to admit that I'm aiming for nothing less than a win, which can only be good for the team and my title hopes."

Mitsubishi UK boss Paul Brigden meanwhile is also looking forward to the event, not least because it will allow the team to move on and put the 'recent issues' with Phillip Morrow behind them.

Morrow was sacked following the Rally Isle of Man last month and the decision to axe the Ulsterman was not without controversy.

Brigden was also disappointed to see the team 'part company' with the 2007 Evo champion, but he added that the priority now is to re-focus on their primary goal, with Wilks in the #1 car and Gwyndaf Evans back in the sister Evo.

"The most important task for us this year is to retain its British Team's title for Mitsubishi Motors and, to do this, we now need to finish first and third on average for the rest of the season," he stated.

"However, rallying is a sport rather than a science - as we have seen recently - so nothing is guaranteed, but I believe we have a good possibility of achieving our target."


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