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.”