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GP Week : Issue 63
WRC FEATURE >> Champion was Colin who was 27. I have still got time on my side." Podium finishes on world championship rallies have not yet come to Matthew -- his best result to date has been fourth in Japan. "Maybe that was a little more a matter of luck than pure speed, but we had a fantastic battle with Luis Companc on the final day, we enjoyed that. We have come close to podium results on a few occasions, but that is my next objective." But things are changing fast. New designs of world championship cars are being formulated right now and there are new techniques to learn. "That is all part of the plan. M- Sport is already developing its Super 2000 cars and hopefully I will be doing some of the testing for that, which will be very soon, just before Rally of Spain this year. I have already been doing quite a lot of the development work for the R2 as well, which is teaching me a lot about a part of the sport I know very little about -- like front wheel drive!" Even in Matthew's short space of time there have been a colossal number of changes in the sport: "In the last five years there has been a massive amount of change. Control tyres, no mousses, the calendar is changing all the time. I do not think any of the changes have been particularly bad. Obviously we all get fed up when things get changed, and I am sure people thought like that when they decided to bring the control tyre rule, but to be honest you don't even think about this now. "How well the control Pirelli tyres are working has been one of the biggest surprises. These have made a big difference, with less grip available than used to be, but in fairness Pirelli have done a very good job. For me that is one of the biggest changes I have seen in the sport. Honestly, I cannot think of any change they have been which I have regretted. Now we have the whole new Super 2000 concept." And the next life? After rallying? "People wonder if I will follow on what my Dad has done in life, but I haven't thought of anything. My Dad has always said that my best plan is to concentrate on my driving and he has done everything he can to help that. He knows that the one thing that hampered his driving career was having the business to develop as well. He knew he could not put all his efforts in to the one thing. He has told me he wants to give me the opportunity that he never had. "He never pushed me into motorsport. When I went circuit racing when I was younger I really had to prove to him that was what I really want ed to do. It wasn't him forcing me to do something, it has always been my decision, but when he knew that was what I wanted to do, and was serious about it, then he decided he would give me the best opportunity he could. When you look at karting you see a lot of fathers living their dreams through their children, but that has never really happened in our household. I have been given a fantastic opportunity and want to make the most of it." Matthew Wilson (centre) with codriver Scott Martin (left) and father Malcolm (right) 41