Wilks fights Back in Belgium

by Phil Kinch

Guy Wilks had a big accident at the World RX of Hockenheim and was left with only a week to get his Volkswagen Polo ready for the 2017 World RX of Belgium, however the British driver arrived in Belgium with “Herbie” fully repaired and ready to go.

Qualifying for the fourth round of the 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship began well for Wilks as he went twelfth fastest in Q1, however in Q2 he fell down the order to finish twenty first. This left the former World RX Commentator in sixteenth place overall at the end of Saturday with work to do on Sunday in the LOCO Energy World RX Team VW.

“Herbie” was fully repaired in under seven days so Wilks could compete at the World RX of Belgium. Credit: IMG / FIA World RX

Looking to climb back up the order on Sunday the former two time British Rally Champion was thirteenth quickest in Q3 before improving to tenth fastest in Q4, enjoying his strongest result of the weekend. Despite this charge, Wilks ended qualifying in 14th position overall, narrowly missing out on a place in the Semi-Finals.

Wilks took the positives away from another difficult weekend in the Championship.

“The level in World RX is unreal this year as we are finding out first hand!” explained the British driver. “The weekend was obviously a disappointment but we have some huge positives to take with us. The team checked the lap times of Johan Kristoffersson who won the event from last year in the car I am now driving and we were setting faster lap times!”

Wilks is looking forward to better results in his home round of World RX at Lydden Hill. Credit: Cartersport

With this in mind, Wilks is looking forward to returning to his home round of World RX where he qualified for the Final in 2015.

“This is great motivation heading to Lydden Hill in Kent our home UK round of World RX. I can’t wait for some home support to hopefully lift us into the finals.”

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