Ford WRT driver Matthew Wilson
will pilot the Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team Fiesta RS WRC car at Rallyday 2011, the UK's premier rally car show at Castle Combe Circuit this Saturday (September 17), it has been confirmed.
Wilson's attendance means that both of Britain's top WRC drivers will be at Wiltshire's annual rally extravaganza, as Kris Meeke's participation with the MINI WRC Team was announced last week.
Wilson will head to the event fresh from competing on Rally Australia, the tenth round in the 2011 FIA World Rally Championship, where he finished fourth - equally his career-best result.
To date this season the 24-year-old has scored points in eight of the ten events and he is currently seventh in the standings with 52 points on the board, leaving him just 4 points behind team-mate, Mads Østberg and ahead of both former F1 World Champion Kimi Räikkönen and his other M-Sport Stobart
Ford colleague Henning Solberg.
“I'm delighted to be attending this year's Rallyday at Castle Combe,” he said. “I was at 2009's event alongside my Dad [M-Sport Managing Director, Malcolm Wilson] and both the spectators and the atmosphere were incredible.
“As a British rally driver I always like to be able to support rally events such as Castle Combe but sometimes it can be difficult with my busy schedule competing in the WRC. It'll be great to attend this year's event with the new-for-2011 Ford Fiesta RS WRC - I can't wait to entertain the spectators with our car.”
Rallyday organisers, Brian Stubbings and Darin Frow are both delighted to see Matthew return following his outings at the event in 2007 and 2009.
"I'm really pleased to see Matt back at Rallyday this year,” said Frow. “He was hugely entertaining when he drove the Ford Focus RS WRC at Rallyday 2009, and I'm sure he'll have everyone cheering again when he's behind the wheel of the new Ford Fiesta RS WRC.
“In fact it will be a very special Rallyday for us seeing him alongside Kris in the MINI WRT John Cooper Works WRC - two of the UK's top WRC drivers in two current WRC cars!"