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Wilson out to replicate Japan `07 form.

Britain's Matthew Wilson will return to the scene of his finest WRC result to-date this weekend when he takes in the Rally Japan - the penultimate round in this year's World Rally Championship.

Wilson has very fond memories of last year's trip to 'The Land of the Rising Sun' and finished the event in fourth place.

He also enjoyed a solid performance on his first trip to the Asian continent in 2006 and while the end result was disappointing - he finished 40th under the SupeRally after turbo boost problems on day 2 - he still posted several top-ten fastest stage times.

In addition after a superb final day performance on the last gravel event in New Zealand, the 21-year-old will be looking to further his abilities on the slippery surface ahead of his home event, Wales Rally GB, in December.

Speaking ahead of the 14th round in the championship, the Englishman added though, the fact that this year the event is all-new will make things that bit more taxing.

"Things are going to be quite interesting this year in Japan coming to a new place where it's new stages and potentially a new surface for everybody," he said.

"From some pictures I have seen of the roads it looks like they are going to be quite narrow so it could be a challenging event.

"I'm looking forward to it though, last year we had a clean run and a great result and hopefully we can do the same again this year.

"Again though it will be a challenge and we are going to have to write fresh pacenotes for all the stages and I think this will be a part of everyone's approach to the rally that is going to be crucial."

Ford boss Malcolm Wilson meanwhile is eager to see his son and Francois Duval do well for the Stobart squad, so that the outfit can add to its 62-point tally: "The Stobart team come into this event with both crews fresh from good manufacturer and driver points finishes in Corsica just two weeks ago," Wilson Sr added.

"This puts the team in a confident position coming into a rally which is new for everybody. On the final day of the last gravel event in New Zealand Matthew put in one of his best drives to date and hopefully he can carry this form forward into Japan."


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