Britain's Matthew Wilson more than made his 'point' on the Rally Argentina over the weekend, when he snatched back eighth place from his Stobart VK team-mate and local favourite, Luis-Perez Companc on the final two superspecials.

Although Wilson Jr. had held seventh for most of the event, he was finally overhauled at the end of day two, when Companc used his local knowledge to the full. However on the third day the Englishman came back and after Companc went off the road slightly on SS20, the gap came down to just 3 seconds. Companc then stalled at the start of SS21, due to a problem with the launch control, handing the advantage to his team-mate. Wilson however was determined to take it in style and do so by winning the last run through the Cordoba super.

"It's mega, really, really good," he said. "It was a shame for Luis, it's so rare for the launch control to have a problem but the good thing for us was the stage got a lot faster as the more people who had gone over it made the grip better. It was a blooming good way to end the rally that's for sure.

"The grip was good, we were nice and neat and tidy and I didn't do anything silly as I knew I just had to get to the end. The crowd here are so keen on rallying that they were shouting and screaming, I've never seen anything like it. It felt so good that we'd got the point and then it came over the radio we'd done the fastest time. We're flying home straightaway so I'll be trying for an upgrade and I'll definitely be drinking some champagne."

It is the first time he has scored a drivers' point and it was also his first fastest WRC stage time. Furthermore at 19 years-old he is believed to be the youngest driver to have managed it.

Ford team director, Malcolm Wilson was impressed with his son's form, particularly his speed on the final 'proper' test when he was ninth fastest.

"The high spot for me before the Super Special was the time that Matt did on SS20. I said to him 'why did you not do it on the previous one?' and he said if he had done he would have got a telling off from me," explained Wilson Sr. "The great thing is Matthew's completed the rally distance, he's got the experience of the stages and it's good to see him finish on the final proper stage in such a strong manner. Then for him to go to the Super Special and score his first point and set his first fastest stage time just blew me away. It's a fantastic end to the rally for Matthew, I'm so pleased for him. I knew he'd wanted to go quicker all rally but he's just known that he had to get to the end of the event under his dad's instructions."



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