11 January 2013
WRC2: Wilson Jr eyes Fiesta R5 campaign
Matthew Wilson is looking to run with the new M-Sport Ford Fiesta R5 rally car in WRC2 later this year
Matthew Wilson has revealed he is hoping to compete in this year's inaugural WRC2 series.
Wilson is planning to begin his campaign in the second half of the season and will drive M-Sport's new Ford Fiesta R5 rally car, providing he can get together sufficient sponsorship to fund it.
"We [M-Sport] are building a R5 car, which is the Super 2000 replacement, and the plan is that will turn a wheel for the first time next week. Then the plan for later on in the year is to hopefully try and do WRC2 with it," Wilson said at the Autosport International Show.
"It will be fantastic promotion for the car and also it could be a good chance for me to have a go at trying to win that championship."
Wilson Jr made his debut in the WRC back in 2004, before going on to do full WRC seasons from 2006 to 2011. Last year he did just two events, Monte Carlo and Rally GB, with injury and funding issues limiting his number of outings behind the wheel. He is now eager to put in a good showing in WRC2 in a bid to kick-start his career.
“I had a fantastic opportunity with the backing from Stobart [for some many years], and because we had security, we had a plan that we could do it, build up speed and actually do that over a series of four or five years,” he added. “We were lucky to have that opportunity. There were a lot of people that didn't and for people that didn't, they had to go in there and prove themselves straight away.
“I think, though, we probably did it at the wrong time. When we were getting to the point where we were close to the podium, with fourth or fifth places, all those results that we had, in effect there were two manufacturers and if you go back to the days of 2000 and 2001, where you had six or seven manufacturers running three cars, it was a very different situation.
“You never know what can happen now, however, and at 25 there is still plenty of time for me. Kris Meeke got his works MINI drive at 32 or 33 years-old. Anything can still happen.
"Sometimes you maybe have to take a step back to go forwards. That is what we're planning, hopefully, to do this year - to step back a little bit and have a go at winning the championship and it might progress you forward in the future as well,” he summed-up.
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