Wilks Endures Tough Weekend At World RX Of Great Britain

by Phil Kinch

Guy Wilks has vowed to come back fighting after missing out on a semi-final place at his home round of the 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship.

The only permanent British driver in World RX this year was looking for a repeat of his Semi-Final place at the first round in Spain, however his hopes of enjoying success at the 2017 World RX of Great Britain were knocked as his 2016 Volkswagen Polo struggled to match the pace and he missed out on a spot in the vital top twelve.

Guy Wilks with the LOCO Energy World RX Team VW Polo. Credit: IMG / FIA World RX

The LOCO Energy World RX Team driver ended Q1 in fourteenth spot, however he found more speed in Q2 to end the first days action in twelfth place overall. A puncture in Q3 left him in thirteenth place and despite his best efforts to move forward, Wilks was unable to get a fast enough lap in the fourth and final session.

As a result, the former two time British Rally Champion missed out on a semi-final place and left his home round disappointed, but determined to turn things around as the season moves on.

However the Englishman knows what needs to be done as World RX heads to Norway for the midpoint of the season.

Wilks knows what has to be done to move up the order in World RX this year. Credit: IMG / FIA World RX

“It was just one of those things, but I need to move on from here and look at what we can do to improve,” explains Wilks. “I know I’ve said it before, but we really are just a small team and we are battling against the might of huge manufacturers out there.”

The determination and spirit of both driver and team has not yet flagged this year and there is work to be done according to Wilks.

“We’re a good team but we’re still a couple of seconds off being a great team, so we need to look at what we can do. There’s no use crying or moaning about it, we need to improve and it’s time to act on it and do what we can to make up the gap.”


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