Guy Wilks Lands Manufacturer Drive
UK Rally driver Guy Wilks has landed one of the top drives in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) for 2011, driving a Peugeot S2000 spec 207.
Wilks started rallying when he was 19 and competed in the Junior World Rally Championship (JWRC) and was the British Rally Champion in 2007 and 2008.
During 2008 Wilks also competed in two rounds of the Australian Rally Championship (ARC) in a Honda Civic Type R, as part of test program for Honda Australia, who at the time was looking at entering the ARC full time.
His first experience in the IRC was in 2009, which led to a drive with Skoda UK in 2010.
Wilks’s co driver since 2003, Phil Pugh, will join him on the Peugeot UK team.
Should be interesting to watch Wilks progress next year as the IRC is really starting to turn into the championship to watch
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PEUGEOT UK ANNOUNCES GUY WILKS AS NEW DRIVER FOR 2011 IRC SEASON
The waiting is over as Peugeot UK announces that Guy Wilks will join the team to drive the Peugeot UK 207 S2000 in next year’s IRC rally championship.
One of the “hottest” seats in rallying has now been filled by double British Rally champion Guy Wilks who will join the Kronos supported Peugeot UK team for a full campaign in the 2011 IRC rally championship.
The 2011 IRC Challenge will be contested over twelve rounds starting with the legendary Monte Carlo Rally in January, which will be celebrating its 100th birthday, and finishing in November with the Rally of Cyprus.
Guy started rallying when he was 19 and competed in the Junior World Rally Championship (JWRC) and was the British Rally Champion in 2007 and 2008. His first experience in the IRC was in 2009, which led to a drive with Skoda UK in 2010.
Phil Pugh, Guy’s co-driver since 2003 will join him on the Peugeot UK team to maintain one of the best partnerships in rallying.
With the 100th Monte Carlo rally less than 12 weeks away it is full steam ahead now for Guy and Phil to start their preparations for the rally. Both Guy and Phil are no strangers to the IRC podium and with the backing of Peugeot UK this trend can only continue.
Guy Wilks said “We are very excited to be joining Peugeot UK for the 2011 IRC. It was a difficult decision to leave Skoda UK and I am indebted to them for their support in 2010. But the opportunity to drive the Peugeot 207 S2000 for Peugeot UK, with the support of a team like Kronos was too hard to resist. We’re highly motivated for 2011 and can’t wait for the Monte.”
Jon Goodman (Managing Director Peugeot UK) said “I am delighted to have both Guy and Phil join the Peugeot UK team. We had a difficult year this year but I am sure that together with Kronos we can get back to our winning ways in 2011. Rallying is in the DNA of Peugeot and it is a great way to demonstrate that “Motion and Emotion” work together at Peugeot and rallying shows off the dynamic qualities of our cars and especially the 207. We know we have a winning car, and in Guy and Phil we can also have a winning team.”
2011 IRC Championship dates
|19 / 22nd January||Monte Carlo Rally||France||Asphalt|
|4 / 6th March||Rally de los Alerces||Argentina||Gravel|
|14 / 16th April||Rally Islas Canarias||Spain||Asphalt|
|6 / 8th May||Tour de Corse||France||Asphalt|
|23 / 25th June||Ypres Geko Rally||Belgium||Asphalt|
|14 / 16th July||Sata Rally Azores||Portugal||Gravel|
|4 / 6th August||Rally Vinho da Madeira||Portugal||Asphalt|
|26 / 28th August||Barum Rally Zlin||Czech Republic||Asphalt|
|9 / 11th September||Rally Mecsek||Hungary||Asphalt / Gravel|
|22 / 24th September||Rally Sanremo||Italy||Asphalt|
|14 / 16th October||RAC MSA Rally of Scotland||Scotland||Gravel|
|3 / 5th November||Rally Cyprus||Cyprus||Asphalt / Gravel|
This entry was posted on October 31, 2010 by Joel Strickland. It was filed under Automotive, Motorsport and was tagged with 207, ARC, Australian Rally Championship, Guy Wilks, Intercontinental Rally Challenge, irc, Motorsport, Peugeot, Peugeot S2000 207, Phil Pugh, Rally, Rallying, S2000.