Belfast Telegraph

Heat on Wilks to deliver the goods

By Sammy Hamill

Guy Wilks always seems to have an excuse every time he is out-driven by Ulster’s Intercontinental Rally Challenge champion Kris Meeke.

“Just learning the car; under orders to get to the finish; the lights weren’t set properly; the set-up wasn’t right for the ice and snow of Monte Carlo; Meeke had the advantage of prior knowledge of the Brazilian stages.” The list goes on and on.

But this weekend the shoe should be on the other foot when they go head to head in Argentina in round three of the global IRC series. This will be the Yorkshireman’s fourth rally for Skoda so he should know the car now and Wilks is the one with previous experience of Argentina, a past Junior World championship winner for Suzuki back in 2006.

But he is already hedging his bets. “Nobody really has an advantage,” claimed Wilks. “I’m still very new to my car, Kris Meeke knows his car but hasn’t competed here before so nothing is tipping the scale. It can be anybody’s rally.”

Meeke, as always, refuses to be drawn into Wilks’ mind games or the “Battle of the Brits” hype.

“My target is to retain the championship for Peugeot and winning the Rally de Curitiba in Brazil has taken a bit of the pressure off coming to a rally which is completely new to me,” he said.

The Rally of Argentina starts with a superspecial stage through the streets of Cordoba this evening.

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