Q&A: Guy Wilks - EXCLUSIVE.

No, I was asked how much it would cost to do ten events and that is pretty much what you are looking at and what would give you a good programme. That is the approximate figure. That would be like the lottery coming up. But it is not to say we are close to gaining that figure at all. We are only just starting. You just finish one year and you are straight into the next year. You have just got one lot of budget and then you are looking for the next lot. We will see happens.

Are there any cars in particular you want to use or is it a case of every option is open?

Every option is always open but you have to look at the most competitive cars really and the most competitive cars at the moment seem to be the Citroen and the Ford. The Subaru definitely seems to be OK and they have done work on it over the off-season, but they have not made a great change. David Richards [Subaru boss] has been quoted as saying they need to stop work on that car and concentrate on making the new car better now, which I think is definitely a wise move. But they have started the year reasonably well in Monte Carlo with the old car. It would have to be then an S12 or 06 Focus or a C4 really. The Xsara is a good car but you have got to be in or have something similar to what the top guys are using in order to know exactly where you stand against them.

It is a case of watch this space at the moment then?

Definitely, but I wouldn't watch too closely too soon! There is nothing coming on the horizon that I can really talk about as such. There is nothing to talk about. But I would like to think by the middle of the year - or just before really – that we will have something in the pipeline.

Are there any other things in consideration in addition to the BRC and WRC?

There is nothing else really in consideration. The WRC is where I want to be. People have said about the Intercontinental Rally Challenge and it is not that I discount the IRC. It is just a case of I want to try and get in the WRC. Why look at anything else if that is what you are forging your way towards? I believe we are good enough to be there. It is as simple as that and we will continue to work towards it.

It is quite interesting with the WRC at the moment, to think that with this rotation system there will be no Rallye Monte Carlo next year and the Monte will actually be part of the IRC.

Yeah the rotation of events is going to be interesting. They need to bring costs down somehow and I am not saying they have necessarily done that. Obviously they have reduced the events from 2009. But I think the changes with the tyres are good. Now everyone runs on the same ones, there are no manufacturer options which cost a lot more money. The tyres are open to everybody whereas before BFGoodrich use to have a tyre and Michelin before had a tyre that the works guys could get hold of - and it was available to privateers, but it was at a totally different price. I think it is a much more level playing field now and obviously no mousse too, so punctures come into it. It doesn't really matter if you have a stronger car as such as you are still reliant on the tyre staying inflated. That is definitely I think a good thing to have done. It brings in a different dimension. People were saying Sebastien [Loeb] had won the Rallye Monte Carlo after a day and a half. But he hadn't until he had got through the last stage because a puncture would have lost it for him. It adds a bit more excitement to the sport and that is what we need.

The result on the Monte was all too predictable at the end, but hopefully things will be a bit different in Sweden and Mexico.

Definitely. I hope and I believe that Mikko [Hirvonen] can really take it to Sebastien on the gravel. He did a fantastic job last year and he definitely was under team orders. But this year I think he will be allowed to crack on. It is going to be interesting to see what he can achieve.


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