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Wilson keen to add to points tally

Matthew Wilson says he is looking to build on his solid performance on Rally Cyprus as the World Rally Championship heads to Portugal this weekend for the fourth round of the year.

The Briton has scored points on all three events this season to lie sixth in the championship standings going into the gravel event, and was buoyed by a quickest stage time on the final stage in Cyprus last time out en-route to a fifth place finish.

Wilson finishes twelfth on his last outing in Portugal having picked up a time penalty on the final day – in the same way as team-mate Henning Solberg – but he said he was looking to try and build on the speed shown in Cyprus to make amends this time around and bring home more points to add to his tally.

“It is great to be going back to Portugal as I really enjoyed it there in 2007, the stages are enjoyable but also quite challenging,” he said. “Hopefully most of the stages will be quite similar to those that we learnt two years ago and we can use that knowledge to good effect right from the start.

“We finished really well in Cyprus and I hope that we can start in Portugal somewhere near that pace and basically continue where we left off. If it is dry there then grip should be good but if it does rain then that can make it really difficult on some of the stages so I'm hoping that it stays dry; the consistent grip levels always help with confidence.”

Team boss Malcolm Wilson said he was hopeful that both Wilson and Solberg would continue the kind of form shown thus far by the Ford 'B' team, adding that he was keen to see the pair maintain their current championship positions.

“The team has started strongly this season and we are hoping to continue that form in Portugal,” he said. “Matthew is coming into this rally off the back of an excellent result in Cyprus, his confidence is high, and I think that will help him settle into this event quickly.

“Both Henning and Matthew have demonstrated an increased level of experience this season and that will be put to good use in Portugal where the fast and demanding stages can easily catch out an unwary driver. Hopefully they can both produce another good performance to strengthen their already impressive positions in the drivers' championship.”


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WhoCares - Unregistered

April 03, 2009 12:27 AM

Oh! How cute and moving! Daddy Wilson lauds his son's achievements in spite of the obvious lack of talent Matt shows race after race. I sincerely admire their PR guys who still find words to draft press releases about Matt Wilson, whereas he delivers nothing. 4th season in a factory Ford, one single stage win, almost always the slowest Stobart driver whoever is/are the other(s), already dominated by beginners Ogier and Korolev in spite of his having 60 WC Rallies under his belt, now he is 11th of the Portugal rally after SS1... How long will Ford tolerate this? Get Petter and Marcus in Fords instead of Matt and the Dubai driver, and we'll have great races!

Twin Cam Sam - Unregistered

April 03, 2009 7:23 PM

I fully agree. Same old PR crap before every rally. They might as well photo copy it and leave a space at the top for the next rally's name and date. Not fast enough. Same old, same old, same old.



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