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Wilks confirms interest in IRC entry.



Two-time British Rally champion Guy Wilks is planning to progress to the Intercontinental Rally Challenge this season.

The 29-year old Briton contested the series' Rally Russia in a Honda Civic Type-R last July, but was unable to continue in the JAS Motorsport-run car this season after Honda withdrew from international competition at the end of 2008.

Wilks has since linked-up with the Mellors Elliott Motorsport team, the British company responsible for Proton's Satria Neo Super 2000 challenger, and completed a test in Wales last month. Proton became the seventh manufacturer to register for the IRC in March.

"I would like to do the IRC," Wilks, who was confirmed as a contentious 2008 BRC champion recently, admitted, "There are lots of opportunities in the IRC because it is attracting manufacturers who all seem to be very enthusiastic.

"I've tested the Proton for one day and I was very impressed with it. There are some areas where it can be improved, but I am sure that will come. I'm convinced it can get some very good results in the IRC."

Wilks is a former Junior World Rally Championship rival of fellow Briton Kris Meeke, who has since established himself as one of the IRC's leading drivers after winning the second round of the series in Brazil last month.


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MT Motorsport - Unregistered

March 28, 2009 6:18 PM

Why can Wilks not get a drive with anyone? Does his arrogant attitude have anything to do with it I wonder? He thinks that he should be handed a drive with someone and is trying to jump on the IRC band wagon following the recent announcement about the WRC. At least Kris Meeke show a bit of appreciation when he gets a drive and is prepared to work for it. Wilks should not be saying how much the Satria has to improve, he should be praising the car's potential. He wants to jump into a winning car just like the Suzuki was.



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