Camilli wants to re­pay Wil­son with strong fin­ish on Rally Ar­gentina

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M-sport World Rally team driver Eric Camilli says he wants to “re­pay the faith” shown in him by team prin­ci­pal Mal­colm Wil­son at this week­end’s Rally Ar­gentina af­ter a string of re­tire­ments.

Camilli has suf­fered a poor start to his ca­reer as a works driver, post­ing just one fin­ish – 16th in Mex­ico – and crash­ing on all three ral­lies he’s started.

The 28-year-old flew into Bri­tain for a meet­ing with Wil­son last week to talk about his tough start to the year and how he in­tends to put it right in South Amer­ica.

“The start to the sea­son has been very tough, re­ally tough,” ex­plained Camilli. “I want to re­pay the faith the team has shown in me this week.”

Wil­son told MN last month that he ex­pected Camilli to fin­ish strongly af­ter a poor run.

Camilli and team-mate Mads Ost­berg will have an eas­ier job in Ar­gentina af­ter the dis­cov­ery of a prob­lem with their fac­tory cars last time out in Mex­ico.

Wil­son ex­plained: “Look­ing on the data when the cars were back here, we dis­cov­ered there was a prob­lem. We made a mis­take on the map­ping and we’ll have that right in Ar­gentina.

“There’s no doubt the driv­ers will no­tice a dif­fer­ence in the re­sponse and torque from the en­gine this time.”

De­spite those is­sues in Leon, M-sport still cel­e­brated its 200th con­sec­u­tive point-scor­ing fin­ish in the world cham­pi­onship.

Wil­son will miss a round of the World Rally Cham­pi­onship for the first time since 1997 when the Cum­brian skips Ar­gentina af­ter an an­kle op­er­a­tion. Un­for­tu­nately for Wil­son, doc­tor’s or­ders will keep him back at M-sport’s Cock­er­mouth base this week.

M-sport’s client li­ai­son man­ager Rich Mil­lener will take over the team prin­ci­pal role in Villa Car­los Paz this week as M-sport pre­pares the cars for Camilli, Ost­berg and WRC2 en­trant Elfyn Evans.

Camilli needs WRC fin­ish

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