Guy Wilks has confirmed he will fight for the Intercontinental Rally Challenge title in 2010 after entering into a deal with Skoda UK Motorsport.
Wilks did a part-season with Proton in 2009, but it was his decision to switch to a Skoda Fabia S2000 for the season ending Rally Scotland that saw him flourish as he romped to a maiden IRC win.
The result has prompted Skoda UK Motorsport to enter itself in selected rounds of the 2010 season with Wilks at the wheel and Phil Pugh co-driving. Although the full programme hasn't been decided yet, it is expected that Wilks will do enough rounds to challenge for the overall title.
“I am very excited about the season ahead and driving for Škoda UK Motorsport in the 2010 Intercontinental Rally Challenge,” he said. “Our victory in Scotland last year showed what potential the Fabia S2000 has.
“It's a fantastic car to drive and it suits my driving style. This year's programme has come together incredibly quickly, and everyone at Škoda UK Motorsport is highly motivated to succeed. You can guarantee that Phil and I will start every rally with one thing on our minds – and it will involve driving as fast as we possibly can!”
Although classified as a satellite team, the operation is still set to receive support from Skoda.
“Our participation in the 2010 IRC brings added excitement to the brand, and we are looking forward to the season ahead,” said Skoda UK Motorsport's Robert Hazelwood. “Guy Wilks, Phil Pugh and the Fabia S2000 rally car proved what is possible by winning last year's RAC MSA Rally of Scotland.
“The IRC is a demanding series and the opposition is world class, yet we believe Škoda UK Motorsport has a strong package and the ability to do well at every rally we contest.”
Wilks will definitely compete in the Monte Carlo season opener, as well as defend his Rally Scotland victory later in the year.