Stobart Ford's Matthew Wilson stepped it up a gear on the Acropolis Rally of Greece last weekend, that's the assessment of his dad and Ford/M-Sport boss, Malcolm Wilson.
While Matt was only classified 14th at the finish, he was compromised pretty much from the off, when an oil pressure problem sidelined him on Friday morning in SS2, the 23.76 kilometre Thiva 1 test.
The Briton was able to re-start on day two though, and under the SupeRally fought his way back up the order from 32nd posting a number of very good stage times in the process.
Indeed not only did he top the times in SS15, but he also posted three second fastest times - in SS7, SS13 and SS14 - and one third best effort.
His performance didn't go unnoticed: "Matthew has stepped up a gear this weekend,” Wilson Sr stated. “He has posted an impressive string of top-five times on a very challenging rally that has caught out even some of the best drivers in the world."
Stobart Group CEO, Andrew Tinkler concurred that Matt's performance was very encouraging: "Matthew's experience is really starting to show now and I've been extremely impressed by his times this weekend,” Tinkler chipped in.
“Again we can see how his long-term plan is working and his performance here will really help his confidence for the next few events; especially Poland, what will be a new rally for everyone."
Matt for his part meanwhile was also happy and noted that a rostrum result could have been on the cards but for that mechanical issue on the opening day.
"It's been a very positive rally for us and we've consistently posted top-five times. There were still a few places where we could improve, even on the stage where we went fastest; to be honest it didn't feel anything special. But, from a performance point of view it's been great for us and it's just a bit frustrating that we had that problem on the first day.
“If we had got a clean run here then there's no reason why we couldn't have been on the podium," he concluded.