Ford Rallye Sport team boss Malcolm Wilson says his team’s experience of British national rallying events will be an advantage on the Wales Rally GB, which is set to be drier than in previous years.

Ford Rallye Sport team boss Malcolm Wilson says his team’s experience of British national rallying events will be an advantage on the Wales Rally GB, which is set to be drier than in previous years.


CARtoday.com reported recently that the event had been moved from its traditional season-ending slot in November to a late-summer date in mid-September. Teams are expecting the loose gravel stages to be faster, but potentially harder-wearing, but Wilson says that M-Sport’s national rallying experience means it has a good idea of what to expect in whatever conditions the rally is run under.


“Between us, we’ve competed on many rallies in Britain in vastly different conditions, so we have good knowledge of how the forest roads react to changing weather,” Wilson said. “I think some people could be in for a quite a surprise if it stays dry.”


Drivers Markko Martin and Francois Duval have been testing in the Whinlatter Forest in Cumbria, close to M-Sport’s headquarters.


“I think this year’s event will be very, very fast,” said Martin. “People say it could be as quick as Rally Finland. I’m not sure about that because the roads in Wales are different to those there. They’re harder and smoother in Finland, and there are probably more tight bends in Wales, but it will be very fast, especially if the conditions are dry. One thing I won’t miss is the fog. I hate driving in fog.


“High speeds make the stages really challenging, and a driver needs to be committed for every single second in Wales. There’s no opportunity for respite. Logs and rocks close to the edge of the road mean additional difficulties, but it’s an event I’ve always enjoyed and I think there could be a big battle for victory,” the Estonian added.

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