Wilson Jr finishes seventh again

Stobart Ford driver Matthew Wilson notched up points for the second event in succession in Norway on Sunday - and then branded it a 'very positive' weekend for him.

Wilson Jr moved up into the points towards the end of the opening day, following a good run in which he set top-ten stages time in every single stage bar just one, including a fourth-fastest effort through the final test.

The Englishman then maintained his top-ten stage pace on days two and three, overhauling Petter Solberg for P6 in SS14, before slipping back down again two stages later.

In the end he finished around 10 seconds off the 2003 World Rally champion and despite having to settle for seventh, he was buoyed by the battle with the ex-Subaru man.

"Overall it has been a very positive weekend for me. I'm happy with my driving but I'm kicking myself because there were a few places where I was just too cautious and probably dropped too much time," Wilson admitted.

"It was great to be fighting with a driver of Petter's calibre and experience though, and we can take a lot away from that.

"Picking up points for the second rally in a row was important too and we want to keep doing that as the season progresses; it has put me sixth in the championship and that's a great feeling."

Ford boss Malcolm Wilson meanwhile was happy with his son's performance and that of fellow Stobart Ford men, Henning Solberg and Urmo Aava, who finished fourth and eighth respectively.

"This has been another great team performance and it just demonstrates the strength of this Stobart squad now that all crews have scored points on the first two events of the series," he added.

"I'm extremely happy to see Henning perform so well on his home rally and Matthew was pushing hard also to take the fight to Petter. This is a really impressive start to the year for the Stobart team."

Stobart Group CEO Andrew Tinkler echoed those thoughts: "I'm really proud of all the guys, they have done a fantastic job at both Rally Ireland and now here in Norway. Henning has delivered a sterling performance and Matthew demonstrated a lot of potential to battle with Petter during the last two days. With all three crews in the top eight I think the Stobart team is really going from strength to strength," he summed-up.

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Matthew Wilson (GBR) Scott Martin (GBR), Ford Focus RS WRC 08, Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally Team
Matthew Wilson (GBR) Scott Martin (GBR), Ford Focus RS WRC 08, Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally Team

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Twin Cam Sam - Unregistered

February 19, 2009 9:56 PM

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah, Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawn. Here we go again, another 7th place for Matt. Fantastic, well done Matt ! Over 50 WRC events, into your 4th year in the WRC, hardly any competition because there are only 2 manufacters and you achieve another 7th place. Can't wait until we've got another Brit in the WRC fighting for victories and the championship. Have you booked 7th place for the remaining 10 rounds of the championship ? Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawn, Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarh

Tina - Unregistered

February 17, 2009 2:35 PM

Interesting to see on Dave that they paid more attention to his heated boots that action shots of him driving. Another weak performance, his car is at least two years newer than Petter's old Citroen version and he was getting whooped by PGA in an even older Skoda before PGA retired with mechanicals. What's the point 'gaining experience' when the next time they'll be back in either Ireland or Norway will be 2011 and also in S2000 cars!

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