Wilson Jr keen to continue to collect points

Britain's Matthew Wilson will be looking to build on his steady performance in Ireland and collect more points on Rally Norway this coming weekend, the second round in the 2009 World Rally Championship.

Wilson finished seventh on the season opener in his Stobart Ford Focus RS WRC08 and having notched up two points is now keen to get some more and add to his tally.

The Englishman hasn't had much luck on snow over the years and while he was on course to take fifth in Sweden last year, disaster struck in the penultimate stage, when a mechanical problem put him out.

Despite that though, he does like competing on the 'white stuff' and a pre-event test yesterday [Monday], should help give him a valuable insight into the conditions he will face.

“I really enjoy snow rallies, they are a unique experience, and I can't wait to start in Norway,” said Matt, who will again be in the 'third' car and not nominated to score manufacturers' points.

“I've seen some photos of the stages and they look to be in fantastic condition.

“The only unknown factor will be the new tyres, but we've heard good reports from previous tests and I will get a chance to try them when we have our own test on Monday.

“We started well in Ireland and now the emphasis for me is to continue to collect driver points and build upon our consistent performances.”

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Matthew Wilson (GBR) / Scott Martin (GBR), Stobart Ford Focus WRC 07. Uddeholm Swedish Rally, February 7-10th 2008.

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GH - Unregistered

February 10, 2009 7:48 PM

Chris - I could'nt agree more with your comments. I was in Ireland last weekend and Matt simply is'nt quick enough and hasn't got what it takes. He was backing off everywhere compared to other drivers. I'm prepared to give anyone a chance and would love to see a young British driver up there fighting for victories, but the sad fact is it will never be Matt. Come on Malcolm, forget the 5 year plan. Get a young British driver in that car who is going to get results. Young drivers like Ogier, Aava and Latvala get one chance and show they have what it takes straight away. Matt has had 50 chances in the WRC so far and has two fourth places to show for it. I'm sick of hearing excuses !

rich ard

February 11, 2009 3:11 PM

the reason why wilson is not nominated for points is himthat he is nowhere near as good as aava or henning, full stop. he has very rarely gotten into the points, so what would be the good in nominating him. he can hardly be called "world class". the reason he got points in ireland was because others had trouble and dropped behind him, plus , there were very few wrc cars competing.

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