WRC » Wilson Jr: Day 1 of Rally GB frustrating


Stobart Ford driver Matthew Wilson had mixed feelings after the end of the Rally of Great Britain on Sunday, the final round in this year's World Rally Championship.

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Chris - Unregistered

October 29, 2009 8:53 AM

Emotion runs when Matt Wilson is mentioned on Crash. As it's prohibited to compare him to anyone decent (Leob, McRae) I tried to be objective and think of a fair comparator. I came up with Alex Fiorio.

Alex's dad Ceasre Fiorio was Lancia's WRC team chief and ergo, like Matt, Alex was seriously connected. Like Wilson, many think Alex got his seats because who he was. Alex drove Uno's, GpN Deltas and (the Stobart of the Lancia team) Jolly Club GpA Delta.

How does Alex's record compare to Wilson's one 4th in 60 rallies? In 51 rallies Alex won the first GroupN Cup (now Production WRC), 45 stages, 10 podiums, and was second o/a in '89.

On ANY comparison Matt is slower than treacle.

ForzaCockermouth

October 29, 2009 1:16 PM

Very good comparison with Alex Fiorio. Although I thought Matt was pretty spectacular to watch last weekend. Unless I was timing the cars he did not look much slower than Henning or Ogier.

And he was loads faster than Perez in the VK Focus. I think that puts into perspective how much quicker he is than our top National drivers.

I hope he can be let of the leash next year, and shut us all up! Be nice to see a podium in 2010?

Chris - Unregistered

October 29, 2009 2:55 PM

Agreed Taz but... Manfred has 6 more podiums than Wilson!!! And he won the PWRC in 2000.

On ANY comparison even against average or below average drivers Wilson is no-where.

Visions&Values - Unregistered

October 29, 2009 5:50 PM

I have been considering the 5 year plan. On projects I have worked on, if you fail to meet key performance criteria, or milestones, then there are penalty clauses in the contract.

Maybe a podium failure this year could result in Santa not bring him the BMX he wanted for christmas? or possibly his sponsors will leave or he will have to pay back all his winnings... err that will be a couple of rosettes and a Rally japan mug!!

My bet... the 5 year plan will simply over night be the 7 year plan!!

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