James Wozencroft is hoping to compete in the MSA British Rally Championship again in 2009, but he concedes he is still someway off securing the budget that will allow him to do so.
Wozencroft enjoyed a very solid season last year and despite it being his first in a four-wheel drive car, he managed to notch up three top-four finishes and ended up sixth in the standings, despite not taking in the double points scoring Wales Rally GB.
Speaking exclusively to Crash.net Radio
at the recent Autosport International show, he remained upbeat however.
"We are getting there with a programme. We are still a long way off a similar place to everybody else. It is tough times at the moment and we haven't secured a budget. But we are working really hard, and I am trying to get a four-wheel drive in the BRC," he stated.
"We think we have had a great year in 2008 and it is a shame when it is so difficult to move on.
"But it is not just me. If you look at guys like Guy Wilks, who had an exceptional year, and he is struggling to find something too. Unfortunately it is just the way things are at the moment and we have just got to keep trying hard. Fingers crossed we can sort something."
As for why he felt last year was 'great', he explained that he found the step up to a Group N car relatively easy.
"I was expecting it to be a lot more difficult than it actually was. When I drove a Super 1600 car, that was quite difficult to acclimatise too, but I found the four-wheel drive car really nice," he continued.
"It suited my driving style and I got in it and drove it quite well from the beginning. It wasn't really an issue. I didn't concentrate too hard on other people's times. I was just trying to do the best I could."