Stobart VK M-Sport driver Matthew Wilson will look to secure a third points finish in succession as the World Rally Championship heads to Cyprus this weekend for the third round of the year.
The Briton has finished seventh in both Ireland and Norway so far this season and will hope to add to his tally as the Cypriot event returns to the calendar after a three year absence.
After the tarmac of Ireland and the snow of Norway, Cyprus will the first gravel action of the new season but only after a day on asphalt as Cyprus plays host to the first mixed surface event in the WRC for more than ten years.
While some has expressed concern over the move, which will see the crews forced to use gravel tyres for the opening legs tarmac stages, Wilson said he was looking forward to the event although he admitted that he expected the opening day to be difficult.
“This rally will be something different for us and running on two different surfaces during one event is certainly a unique experience,” he said. “The first day will be difficult, it's quite long and we will be running in very alien conditions; I think there will also be some driving for preferential road position for day two.
“I enjoyed this rally in 2006, the slow speeds make it totally different from most other rallies and it will be good to get onto the normal gravel stages on the second day. Fitness will also be important here, maybe not because of the usual high temperature but because of the long, slow stages.”