20 March 2007
Q&A: Guy Wilks - EXCLUSIVE.
At the moment after Portugal we go to Finland and so it would be nice to have one in between. We might switch one of the events later in the year for one slightly earlier on in the year, as that might be more advantageous to try and fill a gap. That would help to take a bit of the pressure out of the end of year programme, which we are possibly going to undertake. So that is the idea.
Do you have anything else planned - any BRC events, IRC etc, etc?
Not at the moment, possibly some Irish tarmac stuff but that has not been decided. I have been asked whether or not I would like to do it – and I would in a WRC car, but it just has to be sorted out and the sponsors have to be put together.
Prior to this year, you were of course competing in the Junior WRC with Suzuki, how useful is all that experience?
It has been a brilliant experience. I was a very lucky boy to be honest. I had three years with Suzuki and travelled far and wide with them. It was all in S1600 cars but I still gained a lot of experience of working with a manufacturer, because it was more or less a works team effort, a professional team and attitude. The mileage on the different events Phil and I were able to compete on was a huge bonus. I have no doubt at some point this year it will pay dividends or it will benefit me.
Have you been keeping an eye on the Junior series this year?
Yeah, I have but I have to say it is a little bit boring really isn't it? The strength in depth in terms of competition is all of a sudden just gone. In the Junior championship we have always had a strong top five and this year it is not really there. With the regulations allowing Group N 2 litre cars - and Renault decided that was the way they wanted to go - and there is a whole host of different cars there too, those cars aren't quite as competitive as the Super 1600 cars. A lot of the drivers have either just tried and tried again, but just run out of sponsorship and money or have gone away to do other things. The strength in depth in drivers' just isn't there anymore. It is a bit disappointing, because it is a great formula.
Finally, how critical is it that you make an impression this year with the Focus WRC? Is it make or break?
[pause] …It is always make or break depending on what your circumstances are. It is not in the most serious sense of the term, but I really want to prove what I am capable of and I just have to be careful I am not too eager to do that – or we are not too eager to do that, Phil and myself. We know we can do it. It is just having everything right around us. Like I said before, when you are a privateer, you have to make the extra effort with the team, with the car, with everything, to make everything click. Works drivers are very lucky and that's what we are aiming for. We want to make an impression this year and that is the biggest thing.
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