WRC »

Wilson seeks to bounce back in Portugal

Matthew Wilson keen to bounce back from Mexican retirement in Portugal
Matthew Wilson will hope to bounce back from the disappointment of Rally Mexico when the WRC returns to action in Portugal this weekend.

The M-Sport Stobart Ford driver was sitting in a career best fourth position in Mexico before electrical gremlins on his Fiesta RS WRC forced him to retire on Friday afternoon – with further problems on Saturday morning leaving him unable to restart under Superally.

The Briton said he was excited at the prospect of returning to action back in Europe on an event he admits he enjoys although he admitted he was hoping the weather conditions would be good due to the challenge of the Portuguese stages when it is wet.

“I always enjoy going to Portugal as I know the stages really well and there's always a great buzz from start to finish,” he said. “It'll be different not having a Super Special in the Algarve Stadium this year, but Lisbon sounds like it'll be a great alternative and I can imagine there will be some big crowds.

“There's always a fantastic atmosphere in Portugal and the fans are always very supportive. If it's dry the grip should be good, but if it does rain then that can make it really difficult on some of the stages. I'm hoping that it stays dry - the consistent grip levels always help with confidence.”



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Matthew Wilson (GBR) Scott Martin (GBR), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, M-Sport Stobart Ford World Rally Team
Matthew Wilson (GBR) Scott Martin (GBR), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, M-Sport Stobart Ford World Rally Team
Matthew Wilson (GBR) Scott Martin (GBR), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, M-Sport Stobart Ford World Rally Team
Kajetan Kajetanowicz - LOTOS Rally Team Ford Fiesta R5
Kajetan Kajetanowicz - LOTOS Rally Team Ford Fiesta R5
Yazeed Al-Rahji - Ford Fiesta RRC
Podium WRC2; Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT) Giovanni Bernacchini (ITA) Ford Fiesta RRC
Podium WRC2; Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT) Giovanni Bernacchini (ITA) Ford Fiesta RRC
Ott Tanak (EST) Raigo Molder (EST) Ford Fiesta RS
Ott Tanak (EST) Ford Fiesta RS
Ott Tanak (EST) Raigo Molder (EST) Ford Fiesta RS
Yuril Protasov (UKR) Pavlo Cherepin (UKR) Ford Fiesta RRC
Robert Kubica (POL) Maciej Szczepaniak (POL) Ford Fiesta RS WRC
Robert Kubica (POL) Maciej Szczepaniak (POL) Ford Fiesta RS WRC
Robert Kubica (POL) Maciej Szczepaniak (POL) Ford Fiesta RS WRC
Robert Kubica (POL) Maciej Szczepaniak (POL) Ford Fiesta RS WRC
Robert Kubica (POL) Maciej Szczepaniak (POL) Ford Fiesta RS WRC
Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN) Ford Fiesta RS WRC

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


DM52 - Unregistered

March 23, 2011 11:20 AM

let him run I say, as mentioned before there are plenty of other drivers that underperform, Al'Qassimi has basically been paying for the works WRC operation via his sponsership links but doesn't really get a mention as a driver blocking a seat for a younger and more talented gun. Malcolm Wilson with the Ford operation have pretty much propped up the WRC championship in recent years with the amount of cars they prep and engineer, if the price of all that is one spare one for his son then why not?



© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.