WILKS READY FOR HOME EVENT AT LYDDEN HILL
Britain’s Guy Wilks is competing in his first full FIA World Rallycross Championship campaign this season, but this weekend will be the third time he has raced at his home circuit, Lydden Hill.
Wilks qualified for the semi-finals and just missed out on a place in the final at the first round of World RX in Barcelona this year, before being 16th in Portugal, 19th in Hockenheim and 14th in Belgium. To prepare for his home round of the Championship this weekend, Wilks has been using his own Karting North East kart circuit to keep himself race ready.
“It’s been a tough start to the season for sure, but we continue to take the positives every time we drive the car so it would be fantastic to get a good result on home soil at Lydden,” he said. “We’ve made more improvements to the car and I’ve been spending as much time driving a kart as I can to get me even sharper. It helps when you own a race track and I’ve been making the most of it since we got back from Belgium.”
The former Junior World Rally Championship rally winner made his World RX debut at Lydden Hill in 2015 and finished sixth in a JRM Mini, his best result to date. Racing an ex-Johan Kristoffersson Volkswagen Polo in World RX this season, Wilks is hoping to continue improving the setup of the car this weekend. “The problem is that we’re learning on events. Ideally we would have tested before Lydden but there just hasn’t been the time. I’ve been here twice before, I know the track and know what’s needed out of the car so hopefully we can extract that and I just have to drive the thing as hard as I possibly can.”
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