Matthew Wilson admits he can't wait to make his return to the World Rally Championship in Wales this weekend.
Wilson will be in action for the first time since the season opener in Monte Carlo having put together a deal to return in an M-Sport run Ford Fiesta RS WRC.
The Cumbrian will be eager to secure a solid result in his home event having finished inside the top ten on his five previous appearances, and goes into the Welsh forests on the back of a solid pre-event test with the car.
“I can't wait to get back out on the stages, especially after we had such a good test!” he said. “It took a little while to get back into the rhythm of driving on gravel – [Wales Rally] GB last year was actually our last run out on gravel – but once we had a few runs under our belt everything felt great.
“Obviously the conditions will be a bit different this year with the event not being run in November as usual. Even if it does rain, it will be a lot warmer and the stages will dry a lot quicker. Potentially we could be in for a really fast event and I am really looking forward to it.”
Wilson will be at the wheel of one of two additional Fiestas being run by M-Sport this weekend, with South African Jan Habig appearing for a one-off outing.
“I am very excited to upgrade to the WRC specification Fiesta and believe that we will gain a tremendous amount of knowledge working alongside the M-Sport team,” Habig, who usually competes in the South African Rally Championship in an S2000-spec Fiesta, said. “In South Africa, the forest stages are my favourite and the Welsh stages appear quite fast with a good road surface so I am looking forward to them.
“I am sure Robbie [Durant], the car and I will quickly find a good rhythm and hopefully secure a good result on my return to the WRC.”