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GP Week : Issue 6
WRC INSIGHT >> be some subtle changes in the electronics. “Rule changes mean we have lost the chance to fit roller bearing dampers, but I do not think this will affect the performance of the car on British championship events.” And back to front-wheel drive, we asked if he had driven the Honda yet? “No, not yet, but I have been told all about it. I am really looking forward to it! “I know it will be very similar to the Super 1600 cars which I have driven in the past.” How did this deal come about? “They phoned me a few weeks ago, asked if I was interested and available and of course I said yes! I am really looking forward to going to Australia. I haven’t been there and I am looking forward to seeing what the roads are like. It is one of the few places I have not been to in rallying. “Russia isn’t a world championship round, yet, but it will be. These trips will be very good things to put into my book of experiences.” After sixth place on last year’s Rally Ireland, is there any possibilities of more World Rally Car outings? “Who knows, always working on it but there is nothing in the foreseeable future.” Wilks has come quite a long way since his first international rally with the Puma in 2002. “Yes, I guess so, but you never look back in this business,” he says. “You are always looking forward, seeing what opportunities are there. There isn’t very much in the way of available works and professional drives at the moment, but I agree it is hard to believe that I have now been rallying for eight years. “I have definitely had some fantastic times. Who knows what lies ahead, you have to be realistic in this sport, more so now than ever. You must not have any illusions. “You have to realise that this life won’t last for ever. I am pleased it has lasted as long as it has, and I would love to come out of this season with another British title.” 39