For­mer Bri­tish Rally champ lines up drive with OMSE

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene - By Hal Ridge

Two-time Bri­tish Rally cham­pion Guy Wilks is set to race at his home round of the FIA World Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship at Ly­d­den Hill next month, driv­ing an Ols­bergsmse-run Ford Fi­esta Su­per­car.

Wilks made his ral­ly­cross de­but at the same event last sea­son, driv­ing a Mini RX for the JRM Racing team. He qual­i­fied for the fi­nal but picked up a punc­ture.

“I’m mas­sively look­ing for­ward to get­ting back out there at Ly­d­den,” said Wilks. “To get an­other chance to show what I can do will be a great op­por­tu­nity and racing on the track is where I want to be. Be­ing a Bri­tish driver in a Bri­tish round with home sup­port is al­ways spe­cial. But, when it is World RX, for me right now it doesn’t get any bet­ter. Ob­vi­ously ral­ly­ing is my back­ground, so I’ll have to brush up on my race­craft.”

Wilks also raced at the French round of World RX in Lo­heac last sea­son, but was ruled out by en­gine dra­mas.

Ols­bergsmse claimed the World RX teams’ cham­pi­onship ti­tle in 2014, and has won events in both years of World RX so far. An­dreas Bakkerud won the Ly­d­den Hill event in 2014 driv­ing an OMSE Fi­esta, joined on the podium by one-off team-mate An­drew Jor­dan.

“I’ve known An­dreas Eriks­son [OMSE team owner] for a long time and we’ve kept in touch,” said Wilks. “The Fi­esta is one of the best-sorted pack­ages. The team knows ex­actly what the car is ca­pa­ble of and how to ex­tract the best out of it in all con­di­tions. Hope­fully I’ll get a short test be­fore Ly­d­den but I’ll have to rely on the team and An­dreas to get the best set-up as quick as pos­si­ble.

“I’ll need to bring my A-game to Kent if I want to reach the top.”

While the Ly­d­den event is cur­rently a one-off, Wilks hopes it will lead to more: “We just need to do the best job with what we have, and at the mo­ment we have Ly­d­den only. We’ll see what comes af­ter that but if we do a good job I think there is the chance of more.”

Wilks will tackle Ly­d­den Wilks raced in the WRX last sea­son

Photos: fi­a­worl­dral­ly­cross.com

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