Guy Wilks

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Guy Wilks
Guy Wilks Rally Scotland 2010.jpg
Guy before the start of the 2010 Rally Scotland
Personal information
Nationality United Kingdom British
Born (1981-01-22) 22 January 1981 (age 33)
World Rally Championship record
Active years 2002 –
Teams Skoda, Mitsubishi, Ford, Suzuki
Rallies 43
Championships 0
Rally wins 0
Podiums 0
Stage wins 0
Total points 3
First rally 2002 Swedish Rally

Guy Wilks (born 22 January 1981) is a British rally driver. Wilks started rallying at the age of 19 and currently drives for Škoda UK in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC).[1] In 2011 Wilks drove for Peugeot UK in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge. In 2012 he did not compete.[2]

Career[edit]

Wilks who was born in Darlington, County Durham became Ford Ka Junior Champion in 2000 in his first year in the sport, graduating within the Ford 'Ladder of Opportunity' scheme to the Puma 1400 series for 2001. He finished second in the championship. The following year Wilks entered the British Rally Championship (BRC) in a Super 1600 specification Puma, finishing fifth overall in the championship and third in the British Super1600 Rally Championship. In 2003 Wilks competed in the Junior World Rally Championship (JWRC) driving a Ford Puma prepared by Chris Birkbeck Motorsport finishing seventh in the standings.

For 2004 Wilks made the switch from Ford to a works entry in the JWRC with Suzuki driving an Ignis alongside Per-Gunnar Andersson. Over the next three years Wilks won five rallies and finished second in the JWRC in 2005. Wins included his first JWRC victory at the Acropolis Rally in 2004 and Rally GB in the same year. During his time driving for Suzuki Wilks also won the British Super 1600 title and British Junior title in 2005.

Wilks was dropped by Suzuki at the end of 2006 as they moved their focus to a full-fledged enter in World Rally Championship (WRC). In 2007 Wilks joined the Mitsubishi Motors UK Works team driving a Group N specification Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX in the BRC. Over the next two years Wilks won eight rallies and the BRC title outright.[3]

In addition to the BRC in 2007, Wilks also competed in a number of WRC events with Mobil 1 support allowing him to make his World Rally Car debut in Norway driving a Ford Focus WRC. In total he competed in seven events with a sixth place in Rally Ireland his best finish.

Wilks in the Škoda Fabia at the 2010 Rally Scotland.

2008 saw Wilks supplement his BRC commitments with several outings in a Honda Civic Type R R3 rally car for Italy's JAS Motorsport.

Wilks made the switch in 2009 to S2000 class rallying with Mellors Elliot Motorsport driving a Proton Satria Neo Super 2000 car in the Pirelli International Rally. Then, on 6 June 2009, Proton announced an entry for Wilks in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC). He competed in six events with Proton before making the switch to drive for Škoda UK in Rally Scotland which he won.

On 12 January 2010, it was announced that Wilks would compete on selected rounds of the 2010 IRC driving a Škoda Fabia S2000 for Škoda UK. In the first four rallies of the season, Guy finished 6th in Rallye Monte-Carlo, 2nd in Rally Internacional de Curitiba, 2nd in Rally Argentina and 3rd in Rally Islas Canarias.

During the first stage of the 2010 Rally d'Italia Sardegna Wilks crashed his Škoda and was flown to hospital after reporting pains in his lower back.[4] Hospital checks found the Wilks had fractures to his first and second lumbar vertebrae.[5] The injury meant that Wilks missed three events on the IRC Calendar making a comeback at the Barum Czech Rally Zlín at the end of August.[6]

It was confirmed that Wilks, who finished the year in sixth overall in the championship, would make the switch from Škoda to the Kronos Racing run Peugeot UK Team for the 2011 IRC.[2]

Complete WRC results[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Points
2002 Guy Wilks Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI MON SWE
Ret
FRA ESP CYP ARG GRE KEN FIN NC 0
Ford Puma S1600 GER
Ret
ITA NZL AUS GBR
29
2003 Guy Wilks Ford Puma S1600 MON
Ret
SWE TUR
18
NZL ARG GRE
33
CYP GER FIN
24
AUS ITA
28
FRA ESP
33
GBR
Ret
NC 0
2004 Guy Wilks Suzuki Ignis S1600 MON
Ret
SWE MEX NZL CYP GRE
12
TUR
13
ARG FIN
Ret
GER JPN GBR
18
ITA
11
FRA ESP
Ret
AUS NC 0
2005 Guy Wilks Suzuki Ignis S1600 MON
19
SWE
22
MEX
11
NZL
27
ITA
23
CYP
29
TUR
52
GRE
17
ARG NC 0
Suzuki Swift S1600 FIN
18
GER
15
GBR
32
JPN
17
FRA ESP
Ret
AUS
2006 Guy Wilks Suzuki Swift S1600 MON SWE
38
MEX ESP FRA ARG
19
ITA
26
GRE GER FIN
15
JPN CYP TUR
19
AUS NZL GBR
52
NC 0
2007 Ramsport Ford Focus RS WRC 04 MON SWE NOR
Ret
MEX POR
Ret
ARG ITA GRE
9
FIN
9
GER
10
NZL ESP FRA JPN 18th 3
Guy Wilks Subaru Impreza WRC 05 IRE
6
Mitsubishi Motors UK Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX GBR
13
2008 JAS Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R R3 MON SWE MEX ARG JOR ITA GRE TUR FIN
18
GER NZL ESP FRA JPN NC 0
Mitsubishi Motors UK Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX GBR
14

JWRC results[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 JWRC Points
2003 Guy Wilks Ford Puma S1600 MON
Ret
TUR
3
GRE
6
FIN
3
ITA
6
ESP
11
GBR
Ret
7th 18
2004 Guy Wilks Suzuki Ignis S1600 MON
Ret
GRE
1
TUR
3
FIN
Ret
GBR
1
ITA
2
ESP
Ret
3rd 34
2005 Guy Wilks Suzuki Ignis S1600 MON
7
MEX
1
ITA
6
GRE
2
2nd 35
Suzuki Swift S1600 FIN
3
GER
3
FRA ESP
Ret
2006 Guy Wilks Suzuki Swift S1600 SWE
9
ESP FRA ARG
1
ITA
8
GER FIN
1
TUR
4
GBR
11
4th 26

PWRC results[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 PWRC Points
2007 Mitsubishi Motors UK Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX SWE MEX ARG GRE NZL JPN IRE GBR
1
12th 10
2008 Mitsubishi Motors UK Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX SWE ARG GRE TUR FIN NZL JPN GBR
3
18th 6

Complete IRC results[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 WDC Points
2009 United Kingdom Mellors Elliot Motorsport Proton Satria Neo S2000 MON BRA KEN POR BEL
Ret
RUS
5
POR
11
CZE
Ret
ESP
22
ITA
13
7th 15
United Kingdom Philip Pugh Škoda Fabia S2000 SCO
1
2010 United Kingdom Škoda UK Škoda Fabia S2000 MON
6
CUR
2
ARG
2
CAN
3
SAR
Ret
YPR
AZO
MAD
ZLI
7
SAN
Ret
SCO
Ret
CYP
6th 27
2011 United Kingdom Peugeot UK Peugeot 207 S2000 MON
3
CAN
5
COR
Ret
YAL
5
YPR
4
AZO
Ret
ZLI
Ret
MEC
Ret
SAN
Ret
SCO
Ret
CYP 7th 47
  • * Season in progress.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wilks signs Skoda UK deal for IRC IRC Website
  2. ^ a b "Peugeot UK IRC chance for ace Wilks". ircseries.com (Intercontinental Rally Challenge). 29 October 2010. Retrieved 2 November 2010. 
  3. ^ Wilks and Mitsubishi win British Rally Championship for second year running BRC Press Release
  4. ^ "Wilks suffers bruising in crash on SS1". www.ircseries.com (Intercontinental Rally Challenge). 5 June 2010. Retrieved 5 June 2010. 
  5. ^ "Wilks continues recovery in hospital". Ircseries.com. 2010-06-06. Retrieved 2010-08-12. 
  6. ^ "Wilks to mark comeback with Czech test". Ircseries.com. Retrieved 2010-08-12. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Martin Rowe
Autosport
National Rally Driver of the Year

2004
Succeeded by
Mark Higgins