Stobart Ford driver Matthew Wilson notched up points for the second event in succession in Norway on Sunday - and then branded it a 'very positive' weekend for him.

Wilson Jr moved up into the points towards the end of the opening day, following a good run in which he set top-ten stages time in every single stage bar just one, including a fourth-fastest effort through the final test.

The Englishman then maintained his top-ten stage pace on days two and three, overhauling Petter Solberg for P6 in SS14, before slipping back down again two stages later.

In the end he finished around 10 seconds off the 2003 World Rally champion and despite having to settle for seventh, he was buoyed by the battle with the ex-Subaru man.

"Overall it has been a very positive weekend for me. I'm happy with my driving but I'm kicking myself because there were a few places where I was just too cautious and probably dropped too much time," Wilson admitted.

"It was great to be fighting with a driver of Petter's calibre and experience though, and we can take a lot away from that.

"Picking up points for the second rally in a row was important too and we want to keep doing that as the season progresses; it has put me sixth in the championship and that's a great feeling."

Ford boss Malcolm Wilson meanwhile was happy with his son's performance and that of fellow Stobart Ford men, Henning Solberg and Urmo Aava, who finished fourth and eighth respectively.

"This has been another great team performance and it just demonstrates the strength of this Stobart squad now that all crews have scored points on the first two events of the series," he added.

"I'm extremely happy to see Henning perform so well on his home rally and Matthew was pushing hard also to take the fight to Petter. This is a really impressive start to the year for the Stobart team."

Stobart Group CEO Andrew Tinkler echoed those thoughts: "I'm really proud of all the guys, they have done a fantastic job at both Rally Ireland and now here in Norway. Henning has delivered a sterling performance and Matthew demonstrated a lot of potential to battle with Petter during the last two days. With all three crews in the top eight I think the Stobart team is really going from strength to strength," he summed-up.



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