M-Sport/Ford boss Malcolm Wilson has said that Francois Duval could win the ADAC Rallye Deutschland next month, what will be the Belgian's second outing of the year with the Stobart squad.
Duval, who finished fourth on the season opening Rallye Monte Carlo back in January, will again be nominated to score manufacturers' points for the Blue Oval's 'B' team in Trier and in addition to Germany, he will also drive a Focus RS WRC07 in Spain and France too.
That deal was confirmed at the start of May - and last week the first pictures were released of the livery that will adorn his R-Tec Motorsport-run Focus from August 15-17.
Speaking exclusively to Crash.net Radio
earlier this month, Wilson Sr added that the addition of the 2005 Rally Australia winner will be a definite plus as Stobart look to try and beat the Subaru WRT to third in the manufacturers'.
Indeed he reckons Duval could figure right at the front again, as he did in Germany last year, when he finished a sensational second in a Kronos-run Citroen Xsara WRC.
"It would be nice to continue and nibble a few points back out of Subaru, like we did on the last event in Turkey," said Wilson Sr. "We are obviously trying to strengthen the team for the tarmac rallies and Francois Duval will now join the Stobart team for the remaining asphalt events. That will give them a bit more strength on those events.
"I don't see any reason why he can't do something similar this year in Germany as he did in 2007 too. He has got the chance. He did a very good rally in Monte Carlo in the Stobart Focus. He has got a days testing planned with the team. I don't see any reason why he can't be challenging for victory even."
As for what he expects from the Stobart team as whole in the second half of the season, Wilson Sr noted that he wants more of the same, beginning this coming weekend in Finland.
"We are just looking for the likes of Gigi [Galli] and Henning [Solberg] to continue getting solid results and the odd events where Matthew [Wilson – my son] is nominated, we are looking for him to still build up his experience. He did his best performance in Turkey. It wasn't his best result, but it was certainly his best performance. If we can keep building that up throughout the season, then that is what we are after," he summed-up.