By Rob Wilkins.
Suzuki driver Guy Wilks is the reigning BRC Junior champion and currently, along with fellow Briton Kris Meeke, is one of the countries hottest prospects.
Both are being strongly tipped to step up from the Junior WRC to 'senior' level in the not so distant future and replace former British WRC stars, Colin McRae and Richard Burns, as household names.
Here, speaking exclusively to Crash.net Radio
following his S1600 win in Cyprus, and ahead of the next event in Turkey, Wilks speaks about his year so far, his hopes for the future and loads, loads more...
Guy, were nearly halfway through the season now - or at least we will be following the Acropolis Rally at the end of next month [June 24-26]. How do you feel the season has gone for you thus far?
Pretty mixed to be honest. We've had our fair share of good luck and bad luck. But I think the bad luck is slightly outweighing the good at the moment and we need to redress that balance.
Suzuki is pretty much the team to beat this year in the Junior WRC, but how big a threat is Citroen, following the introduction of the C2?
I think competition is only good. In any sport, you have got to have stiff competition and I think they are definitely doing a good job in developing the C2. It is obviously a good car on both gravel and tarmac now. I think it is going to be a fantastic season to watch to see how the JWRC pans out. But, like I said, it's a good thing really because, with Suzuki having been so dominant, it's good to have some stiff competition. But that's not to say we can't beat them.
The C2 went well with Kris Meeke in Monte Carlo, when he won - and of course the C2 won again in Sardinia, in the hands of Daniel Sordo. How well do you know Kris? Do you have a friendly rivalry?
Yeah, definitely. I mean, we used to be a bit more friendly than we are at the moment, but we are sort of growing apart a little bit because, obviously, we spend so little time at home, especially myself with doing the full World Rally Championship. We used to socialise together a year ago. Kris is obviously very busy with Citroen
now, testing and developing that car, and I'm pretty busy with what we are doing at Suzuki.