by Rob Wilkins
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Britain's Matthew Wilson will surely want to add to the single point he scored in Mexico when the second half of the WRC season gets underway in less than two weeks time with the Rally Finland. Crash.net Radio
caught up with the Stobart Ford man recently and asked him about his targets for the rest of the year...
Matt, the summer break is almost at an end for the WRC, what do you want to achieve in the second half of the year?
It has been good to have the summer break. We have still been quite busy doing a few things though. We did a small tarmac test in Spain. It has been good to re-group and look at everything and hopefully we can move forward in the second half of the year. I am looking forward to it really and with any luck we can get off to a good start in Finland.
The Rally Finland is the first event in the second half of the season - it is very fast and the locals there obviously tend to dominate. You were tenth last year, what do you want to try and do this time out?
There is always a lot of Finnish drivers' on the entry list and they are all obviously in good cars as well. I think there is a total of 20 or even 30 World Rally Cars for that event. It is going to be tough but if we can set some good times against these locals then that is what we are aiming for. Obviously it is going to be fairly hotly contested for points - and the top ten - and so if we can be around there and fighting with those boys I will be happy. Everybody knows though how quick those local boys are on their home patch, so it will be difficult.
Have you done quite a bit of preparation for Finland and the second half of the season?
We haven't done massive amounts of driving, but as I mentioned, we had a small test on tarmac and I have done a couple of promotional days driving in the forests, so at least I have had a little bit of time in the car. Mostly though I have I just been keeping myself fit and getting in shape for the second half of the year because once it does start, it is quite busy - it is all fairly go when it does kick-off.
There are of course, four asphalt events in the second half of the year. How do you feel about those rounds, because you prefer events on gravel don't you?
I think gravel is just more natural. I know that probably sounds a bit daft and I have done a lot of circuit racing in the past - but I am still looking forward to them. It is a totally new challenge and I think you also get a lot of these tarmac experts coming in and doing Catalunya, Corsica and Germany.
Then we have got Ireland, which is going to be totally new for everybody. I have got a little bit of experience from the likes of the Donegal and stuff like that. That should be quite good. I am really looking forward to that. It is a new challenge but it will be quite interesting.
You mentioned Ireland, you did the candidate event there back in 2005…