Stobart Ford's Matthew Wilson has said that he wants to finish sixth or higher on his home event this coming weekend, the Wales Rally GB.

Wilson has notched up six top-eight results to date this season and following an eighth place finish in Corsica and a seventh last time out in Japan, will be gunning for his third points finish in succession on what is the final round in this year's World Rally Championship.

Speaking exclusively to Radio, the Englishman added that he is confident he can do well in GB, an event he has competed on every year since making his WRC debut in Wales back in 2004.

"I am looking forward to Rally GB. It is always nice to come back and do your home rally. It has been a good year and we have been making progress. It would be nice to get a strong result to finish off the year in GB," he said.

"We will just see what we can do. It is going to be difficult to know what to expect. Obviously there are totally new stages on the Friday, which will spice it up a little bit. The rest of the stages are reversed as well. It is going to be a completely new rally. There is only one stage that we have actually got pace-notes for. It is going to really change it around a little bit.

"It could make it quite interesting. We will definitely though be going to try and equal what we did last year [when we finished sixth], if not beat it. That could be difficult. But we will give it a go."

As for the year overall, Matt reiterated that he has been pleased with his form, although he reckons with a little bit more luck his current 15-point tally could have been better.

"It has been a big improvement," he continued. "We have gone from strength-to-strength and we probably could have scored a few more points than we have got as well.

"There are obviously a couple of incidences - for example, in Sweden we lost out on the last day while in fifth position and so we lost a few points there. Also in Argentina we were lying fourth or fifth again.

"There are a couple of things that have not gone our way and we could have probably been even further up in the points table. But the main thing is we have been making improvements and if we can carry that on to GB and even straight into next year it will be good."

So what is the aim for 2009?

"We just want to keep on improving and we have shown signs of that this year. If we can just keep on doing that I will be pleased and maybe we can look for that first podium towards the end of 2009. Then we will just go from there. We don't have any plans for Year 4. We just want to keep progressing like we have been.

"However, the main aim at the minute is just to try and finish off this year on a positive note and get another strong result and score some more points. Hopefully that will stand us in good stead for next year and then I am sure once GB is over I will immediately start to think about 2009.

"I am just trying to focus on GB currently and ending the year positively," he concluded.




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