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Wilson admits surprise at sixth

Matthew Wilson admitted that a sixth place finish in Sardinia had been more than he expected after the Stobart VK M-Sport man ran into problems on day one of the event.

The Briton lost time throughout the opening morning after running into a hydraulic issue, and was forced to play catch-up for the remainder of the event as he looked to battle back into the points.

However, a series of solid stage times through the second and third days – and problems for some of the drivers ahead – allowed him to bring his Focus home in sixth to add to his points tally, although he admitted there is work to be done in the upcoming events.

“After our problems on the first day this result is probably better than we could have expected,” he said. “It was difficult today as we ended up with a big gap to the crews ahead and behind us so we haven't been in a battle. It is hard not having anyone to fight against as it's difficult to judge your pace.

“Obviously to finish in the points is exactly what we were after. We had some encouraging stages but there were some where our notes weren't good enough. That's an area we need to work on for the future.”


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Who Cares - Unregistered

May 26, 2009 6:55 PM

Pathetic! Hopeless and pathetic lies! SO it was only day 1 woes that prevented Matt Wilson to get a better result? Lets check it out: - Day 1, Wilson has lost 2'33"8 on the leader, he is 9th behind Latvala, Hirvonen, Loeb, P.Solberg, Novikov, H.Solberg, Ostberg and Sordo. Wilson is 1 minute down on 8th places Sordo. - Day 2, According to Matt, he should have lost less time, as his car was back to normal. Wrong, he lost 2'29" on the leader, almost like on day 1, and he is now 5' adrift, and 2'16" off Novikov, one place ahead. - Day 3, Wilson allegedly "playing catch up" with "series of solid stage times" but he has again lost 2'27" on the leader, same as days 1 and 2. :p

Twin Cam Sam - Unregistered

May 26, 2009 7:15 PM

An excellant analysis 'Who Cares', and absolutely on the nail. The pattern you outline above has been repeated on every Rally so far this year. There's alway's some bullsh*t excuse about some invisible problem with the car on one of the days. How many time's have we heard 'the balance is'nt right'. Truth is, the lad is never going to cut it, and it seems we're all getting tired of it. The WRC with it's lack of teams and stars is a joke. It's no good everyone complaining about Loeb's dominence if many of the drivers he has to compete against are as slow as Matt.



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