Cum­brian’s come­back could take in Tar­mac event Pho­tos: Jakob Ebrey, SMJ Pho­tog­ra­phy, Kevin Glendin­ning

Motor Sport News - - Rally News - By Jack Benyon

Matthew Wil­son is tar­get­ing a sec­ond Bri­tish cham­pi­onship out­ing on the Ul­ster Rally next month, pro­vid­ing he’s not called on to test M-sport’s new­gen­er­a­tion World Rally Car.

Wil­son fin­ished sec­ond to Fredrik Ah­lin on the Pirelli Carlisle Rally in May to end an 11-year ab­sence from his do­mes­tic se­ries. He was a reg­u­lar in the WRC from 2006 to 2011 be­fore step­ping down from full time driv­ing to de­velop the Ford Fi­esta R5 and help man­age the Bentley GT pro­gramme, run by his fa­ther Mal­colm’s M-sport or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“I’m try­ing to do it [Ul­ster],” said Wil­son. “At the minute we’re look­ing to get the 2017 car run­ning as soon as we can. As soon as that cal­en­dar is fully con­firmed, I’ll prob­a­bly be do­ing a lot of the ini­tial driv­ing. So as long as every­thing fits around that – ob­vi­ously that’s the pri­or­ity – I’d love to try and do it for sure.”

Wil­son’s BRC re­turn ear­lier this year was all the more im­pres­sive due to the lack of a test be­fore­hand be­cause the car he drove had been used by El­fyn Evans on Rally Ar­gentina the pre­vi­ous week.

The Cum­brian has al­ways favoured the North­ern Ir­ish event and hopes he would be on the pace should he com­pete.

“Tar­mac is one thing I’ve done a lot less of,” added Wil­son. “It would maybe just take that lit­tle bit longer to get back into it, but you never know. It sur­prised me on the Pirelli how quickly it came back.”

The 29-year-old has started the Ul­ster twice, fin­ish­ing sixth on both oc­ca­sions in 2004 and 2005.

Wil­son man­aged sec­ond on BRC re­turn Wil­son: Ul­ster hope

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