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Crash.net EXCLUSIVE: Q&A: Matthew Wilson

Britain's Matthew Wilson has scored 20 points this year and will be out to add to that tally on the Repco Rally Australia, the tenth round in the 2009 World Rally Championship. Crash.net Radio's Rob Wilkins caught up with the Stobart Ford man recently and spoke to him about his hopes for that event, when he will be gunning for his third points finish in a row and his eighth of the year...


Crash.net:
Rally Australia is coming up, it is obviously a new event, what have you heard about it?

Matthew Wilson:
I have heard quite a bit. A little bit about the nature of the stages and how they are. Some of it is meant to be quite quick, I think, and quite technical in other places. But until you see it yourself on the recce, you can't really make any real big judgements. I am looking forward to it.

Crash.net:
How much more difficult is it to take in what is a completely new event?

MW:
Obviously it is difficult. But up until a couple of years ago every event I went to was new for me anyway. It is not too much of a problem for us and we have got that use to making pace-notes that it just becomes second nature. It is obviously more difficult than going back to somewhere you have been for the last two or three years. But it is still not a massive problem.

Crash.net:
Have you set yourself a target for the event?

MW:
We want to keep that points run going. This could be one event, from what we have heard about the stages and everything, that suits us and hopefully we can get inside the top five, which would be really good. But, like I said, until you see it for yourself, and see what it is like, and how the weather is and all that sort of stuff, you can't really make too many pre-plans. But I am sure it will be a good one for us.

Crash.net:
After Australia, there are just two events left, looking back on the season to date, have you been pleased with it?

MW:
I think it has been a massive step forward this year. We have had three fastest times, which is really promising and every event that we have finished we have been inside the points. There was potential for points on a few more rallies too. My mistake in Portugal, which was a bit of a shame, as it was on the last proper stage and we had a couple of problems in Greece, which put us out. If you look at the time we lost with the SupeRally I am sure we could have been fighting Sebastian Ogier for the second place there. That would have been a fantastic result for us if we could have got that. But that is rallying at the end of the day and that is what you have to put up with. There are highs and lows. But overall it has been a real good season.

Crash.net:
You have had lots of points finishes, but how much do you want that first podium?

MW:
That is on the agenda. It is what we want - and to try and get it before the end of the year would be really good. I think the main thing though is we know we had the pace for it in Greece, but just didn't quite have the luck. That is encouraging. We know it could have potentially happened there and if you can do it there, you can do it somewhere else. That is what we are looking for and hopefully we can get it before the end of this season.

Crash.net:
Next year there will be an extra event on the calendar. Have you thought about 2010 yet?

MW:
Not massively. It seems quite strange that we are still only in August, but there are only three events left. Normally at this time of year you are only halfway through and you get finished in December and then you start to look ahead. It is only really the middle of the year and we only have three events to go. It is a little bit different to normal. But I am sure once we get this year out of the way - and we have got a good couple of months break after GB - there will be a lot of planning towards next year and thinking about it a little bit more. At the minute though, you are just concentrating on those last three events.

Crash.net:
In 2010 the SupeRally is going to get a major overhaul, it sounds quite complicated. Do you believe it is a step in the right direction?

MW:
To be honest I haven't heard what is going to happen with it. It is a new one for me. Everyone has just been focused on what is going to happen with Super 2000 and whether it goes Super 1600 with turbo - all those sorts of things. But I haven't heard about the SupeRally and so I don't know.

Crash.net:
Ford and Citroen both re-committed to the WRC recently, but do you think two manufacturers' is enough?

MW:

by Rob Wilkins



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