Guy Wilks admitted he was delighted with the result of his debut for Skoda after securing second on the final round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge season in Scotland.
Having secured a deal to drive the Skoda UK-backed Fabia S2000 in the event, Wilks became embroiled in a heated battle with newly crowned IRC title winner Kris Meeke throughout the event, with the pair sharing all the stage wins between themselves.
Wilks had gone into the final 33km stage lying just over 20 seconds behind Meeke but saw his hopes of overhauling the Peugeot man ended by an accident for David Bogie which forced the stage to be cancelled.
However, the former British Rally Champion was still delighted to pick up second place and admitted he was impressed with his first taste of the Fabia.
“I'm delighted that we achieved our objective of finishing the rally and second place was a fantastic bonus,” he said. “Of course, we would have preferred to complete the full distance but I'm glad that everyone was OK after the incident ahead of us.
“It's been a fantastic weekend but also, a very tricky one. The conditions on the stages with the almost constant rain have been very difficult. It has been slippery, there have been ruts which filled up with rain and on the first day, we had to drive around huge rocks that were dug out of the road by the cars ahead of us.
“But the Skoda Fabia S2000 has been excellent – fast, strong and reliable. We haven't had any car issues at all and the Rene Georges team did a great job of making sure it was in perfect condition all weekend.
“I hope that Skoda UK is as pleased with the result as we are. We brought the car home in one piece, which was our brief and managed to demonstrate just how fast and reliable it is at the same time. I have to say a huge thanks to Skoda UK for giving us this opportunity to take part in the event.”
Director of Skoda UK Rob Hazelwood added that he was thrilled with the performance of both car and driver on the event and said second place fully justified the decision to back Wilks on the season finale.
“I'm delighted that Guy finished this weekend's rally in second place,” he said. “He was a natural choice of driver for us when we took the decision to support a car on the event and he fulfilled our objective of ensuring the car got to the finish in excellent style.
“I think the fact that the Fabia S2000 completed the event with no problems and challenged the 2009 IRC champion in terms of outright speed shows what a well-developed and well-designed car it is. I'd like to express my thanks to the organisers of the event for their efforts and to Rene Georges for running the car this weekend and doing such a professional job.”