Britain's Matthew Wilson has conceded that his form on the Rallye Monte Carlo wasn't especially good.

Wilson ended 2007 on a real high with three points' finishes in succession in Japan, Ireland and Wales, after he brought his Stobart Ford Focus RS WRC car home in fourth, seventh and sixth respectively. The 20-year-old told Radio ahead of the new year that he wanted to try and keep that run going in 2008, however his form at the Principality was a bit mediocre.

Indeed despite having a relatively trouble-free run he only managed to post five top ten stage times and while the result was his best yet on the Monte, he ended up over 3.5 minutes off Per-Gunnar Andersson, who took the final drivers' point in eighth.

Speaking at the finish though he explained that he opted for a conservative approach in order to get to grips with the new Pirelli tyres and the '07 spec Focus.

He also had to gel with Scott Martin again, who was back calling the pace-notes after Michael Orr sat in the co-drivers seat in '06 and '07.

"We haven't had a fantastic weekend here but we have finished the event with no problems and inside the top-ten; this is a good start to the year for me," he stated somewhat contradictorily.

Wilson's focus now shifts to the next event in Sweden and after that the first gravel round of the year in North America.

"I'm really looking forward to Sweden and Mexico now," he added. "It took some time to get a good feeling with the car and Pirelli tyres and also I had a new co-driver. Scott has done a great job here and I think we are going to have a good season together."


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