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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-08-10 10:17 AM
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Wilks Makes a Splash on Rally Brazil Debut
Guy Wilks has jumped to second in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, after finishing runner-up on the Rally International de Curitiba in his koda UK Motorsport Fabia S2000.

On his first event in Brazil, Guy drove brilliantly to hold second position throughout the challenging two-day event. Having only seen the stages during a mandatory 60kph recce, Guys first attempt at the fast and flowing stages saw average speeds of over 130kph and Guy and co-driver Phil Pugh were able to better their times when stages were repeated.

It was a great event for koda, with all three Fabia S2000 finishing in the top four. Juho Hnninen finished ++ behind Guy in third, while Jan Kopeck was fourth. The excellent result sees koda increase its lead in the IRC Manufacturers standings, while Hnninen leads the drivers just three points ahead of Guy.

A violent overnight thunderstorm made Leg 2s stages very wet so wet that a swollen river forced the cancellation of two stages. A deep river crossing was Guys only problem of the day. On his first attempt (SS10) he took it slowly in first gear, but water still got into the engine, leaving him running on three cylinders for a mile. When the stage was repeated in the afternoon (SS13) he took the watersplash much faster, only for the force of the water to tear off part of the rear bumper and jet water into the cockpit.

Guy kept the leader in his sights during the second and final day of the Rally International de Curitiba, driving fast enough to be able to pounce on any misfortune or mistake ahead, whilst keeping the following drivers behind. This Guy did expertly, judging his drive to second place with perfection.

Guy Wilks: Im really pleased to finish second and score eight points for koda UK on our first visit to Brazil. The team has done a great job and the Fabia S2000 has performed faultlessly throughout the event.
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