Wilks excited by Skoda chance

Guy Wilks looks ahead to an assault on the Intercontinental Rally Challenge with Skoda UK
Guy Wilks admits that the chance to fight for the 2010 Intercontinental Rally Challenge title with Skoda UK is a 'dream come true' as he prepares to go head-to-head with fellow Brit Kris Meeke on this week's Monte Carlo Rally.

Having inked a deal to run a Fabia S2000 on the 2009 season finale in Scotland, Wilks – who won that event after Meeke was excluded – will now go into the new campaign hoping to challenge the Peugeot driver for title glory.

The deal comes after Wilks was unable to find a full-time drive last year and the former British Rally Champion said he was keen to make the most of the chance given to him.

“It's very nice and reassuring as a lot of people – as I have in the past – are looking around to see what they can pull together at this time of year,” he told Crash.net. “I was so lucky that Skoda UK came to me and wanted me to drive in Scotland last year and we did a good job. From my point of view as a driver, that isn't how you want to win an event, but for Skoda, they can say they won Rally Scotland at the first attempt. That helped pull this deal together which is fantastic.

“To be involved with Skoda UK and the Fabia S2000 is pretty much a dream come true as at last we have a car which is competitive. At the end of last year with myself, and before that with Jan [Kopecky], it has won in the IRC and we will be doing the best we can with it.”

Many view the title as being a two-way fight between Wilks and Meeke in 2010, and Wilks insisted he was ready for the fight.

“It's what everyone says isn't it?” he said. “Kris did a great job last year, he was the quickest driver and the man to beat. That brings pressure for him but there is pressure for everyone. Rallying is unlike any sport as you can't affect how others do, it is you against the clock. I'm looking forward to the challenge.”

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