WRC » 8 May 2006
JWRC: Q&A: Guy Wilks - EXCLUSIVE.
by Rob Wilkins.
Britain's Guy Wilks is once again competing in the FIA Junior World Rally Championship this season and following his victory in Argentina, after the disappointment of not scoring in Sweden, he has put himself right back in contention for the title.
Here speaking exclusively to Crash.net Radio the Suzuki driver talks about that event and looks ahead to Sardinia, his next round in the JWRC, as well as talking about Suzuki's WRC programme, which will see them step-up to the senior level for the 2007-2008 championship...
Guy, you have just got back from Argentina, where you won the Junior WRC category. You must have delighted with that result?
Yeah absolutely, it was the only option really after we had such a bad start in Sweden. To come away from there with zero points was a real blow to the body and the mind. Then the only way to put that right was to go and get ten points in Argentina and we set off to do that and successfully completed it.
How difficult did you find it - obviously on the one hand it is a tough event for a S1600 car, but on the other only four JWRC crews entered the event?
Yeah OK, but I can only compete against the people who turn up. But at the same time, three of those drivers, including myself, are of a high standard and are at the forefront of the field and are some of the front runners in the championship. So it was never going to be an easy challenge. But we got off to good start on the Thursday night on the super-specials and then obviously on the Friday morning we really exerted ourselves and showed them what we were made of. We had a good run through the first day - and that was about it to be honest, on the first day we put enough pressure on them and took enough time, our job was more or less done.
We were speaking to Kris Meeke recently, about the fact that with nine JWRC events and drivers' only being allowed to nominate six, it means the main protagonists for the title only meet on three or so events this season. What are your thoughts on this?
To be quite honest I dislike the idea. I don't think it is a good thing for the championship. I don't think it is a good thing for the followers of rallying or the neutral because it is so difficult to understand what exactly is going unless you have competitors going head to head all time, which for me is best because when you win you want to know you have beaten everybody. It is always much better to have a greater depth of field so you really can fight tooth and nail all the way to the end. Like I say it is not my favourite idea but it is the championship this year and we just have to drive it. But I am sure Kris probably feels the same way - did he?
Yeah pretty much.
I don't think it is liked so much by many of the drivers.
Next up is Sardinia and with 18 of the 21 JWRC drivers' taking part it will be one of the best subscribed events of the year. Are you looking forward to it?
Yeah absolutely, I am looking forward to that immensely. It is going to be a very difficult rally though. Argentina was quite a rough rally and Sardinia is as well. Obviously with the junior cars not running any mousse in the tyres, punctures are going to come into play and also the strength of the car. So I think while you have got to definitely be very quick to be at the front of the field you have got to use your head a hell of a lot too - and make sure that once you have got to the front, you stay at the front. It is very easy to get carried away and try and think you can put time on your fellow competitors easily, but that is when you get caught in traps.
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