Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 April 2014

Wilks plotting Ulster Rally success

Former British champion Guy Wilks will fill the vacant No.10 spot in next week’s Todds Leap Ulster Rally entry list.

The place had been reserved by Renault Sport UK but with no driver nominated.

Now it has been confirmed that Yorkshire Wilks will take the wheel of a newly developed R2 Renault Twingo for the August 17/18 round of the British championship.

Wilks, who was British champion in 2007 and ’08, took over in the Intercontinental Challenge Peugeot UK team when Kris Meeke moved to the World championship with Mini.

But Wilks was unable to emulate Meeke who won the IRC title for Peugeot in 2009 and the French team withdrew from the series at the end of last season.

He has not competed since the Rally of Scotland last October.

“It will be great to be back in a rally car again,” said Wilks. “This is the longest period I’ve been out of the seat since the start of my career and I’m looking forward to driving the Renault in Ulster.

“I don’t really know how I will get on but the car is built and run by the factory team which means it is a great opportunity for me,” he added.

Wilks will test the little front-wheel-drive Twingo in Ulster next week ahead of Friday’s start in Antrim.

He will be up against a BRC field which includes another two-time champion, Keith Cronin, as well as Welshmen Tom Cave and Gwyndaf Evans and the Ulster trio of Mark Donnelly, Jonny Greer and Alastair Fisher.