Skoda UK's Guy Wilks has predicted it will be a three-way tussle for the victory on RACMSA Rally of Scotland next weekend, the penultimate round in the 2010 Intercontinental Rally Challenge.
Wilks won this event last year on his debut in a Skoda Fabia S2000 and he is keen to try and repeat that feat next weekend, although he knows he will face stiff competition from recently crowned 2010 IRC drivers' champion, Juho Hanninen and fellow countryman Kris Meeke, who lost the victory last year when he was excluded after his Peugeot 207 S2000 failed post-event checks.
“I'm really looking forward to this year's Rally of Scotland, because it's going to be another classic event. It was great to win there last year, especially after such a close and exciting battle with Kris Meeke,” Wilks said.
“This year Juho Hänninen will be there too, which will really make things interesting. Juho did the recce last year, so he knows the stages, and he arrives in Scotland full of confidence as IRC Drivers' champion. I think it will be a very close battle for victory between the three of us, Juho, Kris and myself, and it will be flat-out from the word go.
“I've not done a gravel rally for over five months, and this will be my first since my accident in Sardinia, but that doesn't worry me at all. Getting back to the form we showed on gravel before the accident is what's important, and I'd like to think we'll be able to achieve that on the opening stage.
“Škoda UK is bringing a lot of guests to Scotland to celebrate what has been a fantastic season, so I'll be going all-out for victory again and aiming for the top step of the podium.”