Wilson endures tough return

Matthew Wilson endures a tough return to the World Rally Championship with an action-packed outing on Rally Sweden
Matthew Wilson endured a difficult return to the World Rally Championship having been given the last-minute chance to take part in the second round of the season in Sweden.

Wilson was called into the Qatar World Rally Team line-up after Nasser Al-Attiyah was taken unwell and was unable to drive his Ford Fiesta WRC – with Wilson lining up instead alongside the Qatari's regular co-driver Giovanni Bernacchini.

The event didn't start well when the Briton got stuck on a snow bank on the first stage on Friday and he was then forced to retire from the event on the opening stage on day two when he rolled his car and was unable to get it back on the road.

Restarting Sunday's final leg under Rally 2, Wilson was forced to run first on the road and sweep the stages for the cars behind which meant he was off the pace of his fellow runners – although he managed to make it to the finish unscathed to take 27th place.

“Being first on the road today has been a bit of a nightmare to be honest,” he said after the final day of stages. “We've just been taking it steady and making sure that we got to the end. The thing is whenever we tried to even slightly push we just ended up losing the line so it was not easy at all. I must admit that it is not so much fun when you're out in front ploughing the road for everyone else.

“However, I've really enjoyed being back in the rally car. It's never easy coming to an event like this with so little preparation. I've not been here for a couple of years, we didn't really have much of a test and Gio and I had to work hard to get used to each other's methods. As I say, it's not been easy, but it has been a lot of fun.”

Al-Attiyah is set to return to action for Rally Mexico for his first WRC appearance of the season.

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February 12, 2013 4:11 PM
Last Edited 680 days ago

As Matthew said, he has had a lot of fun after those few years out.Dancing through the snow banks and doing the path for the others, while learning Italian in the move with fellow Gio. Not to mention that,in so doing, he kept Al-Attiyah's chair away from freezing. Finally, why tough when he rather stated otherwise ? Like him or not, given those premises, Matthew Wilson has chosen the right attitude and acted consequently.

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