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Wilson Jr: Top six result the aim.

Stobart Ford's Matthew Wilson has said that he wants to finish sixth or higher on his home event this coming weekend, the Wales Rally GB.

Wilson has notched up six top-eight results to date this season and following an eighth place finish in Corsica and a seventh last time out in Japan, will be gunning for his third points finish in succession on what is the final round in this year's World Rally Championship.

Speaking exclusively to Crash.net Radio, the Englishman added that he is confident he can do well in GB, an event he has competed on every year since making his WRC debut in Wales back in 2004.

"I am looking forward to Rally GB. It is always nice to come back and do your home rally. It has been a good year and we have been making progress. It would be nice to get a strong result to finish off the year in GB," he said.

"We will just see what we can do. It is going to be difficult to know what to expect. Obviously there are totally new stages on the Friday, which will spice it up a little bit. The rest of the stages are reversed as well. It is going to be a completely new rally. There is only one stage that we have actually got pace-notes for. It is going to really change it around a little bit.

"It could make it quite interesting. We will definitely though be going to try and equal what we did last year [when we finished sixth], if not beat it. That could be difficult. But we will give it a go."

As for the year overall, Matt reiterated that he has been pleased with his form, although he reckons with a little bit more luck his current 15-point tally could have been better.

"It has been a big improvement," he continued. "We have gone from strength-to-strength and we probably could have scored a few more points than we have got as well.

"There are obviously a couple of incidences - for example, in Sweden we lost out on the last day while in fifth position and so we lost a few points there. Also in Argentina we were lying fourth or fifth again.



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james - Unregistered

December 02, 2008 10:53 AM

"top six would be nice" "signs of improvement this year" hardly a resounding success this season, and doesn''t sound like he has a winner''s mentality. On his home event I really think top-6 should be seen as a bare minimum, if not a disappointment. I can''t help but feel that this seat is being wasted on Matthew Wilson and should have someone in it who''s truly fast, ballsy, confident, a potential winner. I know not everyone can be a McRae but has this man ever shown a flash of brilliance, a turn of speed that indicates he''s a future star? After three years, even at a young age, surely he has to start performing outside of his comfort zone very soon?

Gavin - Unregistered

December 04, 2008 10:13 AM

I did defend him a year or so ago on this site. It's fair to say by now that at the very least, he needs an eye-catching result. Scoring in the top six, say, on two thirds of the rounds in 2009 would at least help demonstrate that he could be a rallying Felipe Massa (ie. somebody who can still considerably improve and compete for honours in time, even from a seemingly low baseline and despite a considerable amount of external criticism). Keep in mind though, that in historical terms he remains incredibly young for a WRC driver. I think Francois Duval, for example, was being praised at a similar age just for finishing in the top ten or 11 on events in a WRCar, and he became a prospect.



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