Wilkes makes Jersey re­turn in Vaux­hall

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Ju­lian Wilkes will re­turn to Jersey for the first time since 2011 later this year in his gi­ant-killing Vaux­hall Nova.

Wilkes – the 2012 and ’13 BTRDA 1400 cham­pion – will re­turn to the event with Guernsey na­tive co-driver Will Ruther­ford-child in an event home to what he de­scribes as his best per­for­mance on as­phalt.

“We’ve been try­ing to do it for a few years,” said Wilkes. “Will lives on Guernsey so for him it’s his home event. I did it back in 2011 and it’s just awe­some: closed road ral­ly­ing, nar­row gran­ite walled-lanes. It’s a great event.

“I think that event was our best ever re­sult on as­phalt. We fin­ished sixth over­all and it was good com­pe­ti­tion with so many Milling­ton Ford Es­corts. That was our best year.”

Wilkes and Ruther­ford-child last com­peted on the Som­er­set Stages, win­ning the 1400S el­e­ment of the BTRDA. They won’t com­pete on this year’s Wales Rally GB, but will re­turn to the Wyedean Rally, where he fin­ished third over­all in 2012.

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Wilkes ran at Rally GB last year

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