Wilks Helps Pugh Secure Another Title For Suzuki

Dealer Team Suzuki’s driver Guy Wilks finished off the 2004 Kwik-Fit Pirelli British Super 1600 Rally Championship off in style with yet another class winning performance in his Suzuki Ignis on the Tempest Rally in Aldershot.

The victory clinched yet another title for the Japanese manufacturer as Wilks’ co-driver Phil Pugh (Towyn, Gwynedd) secured the 2004 British Super 1600 co-drivers’ title, his first major rallying success in over 15 years in the sport.

A delighted Pugh (33) said: “I’m thrilled to have finished the season with yet another win and also the co-drivers’ title. This season has been one to remember for myself, Guy and Suzuki GB. I’m delighted it’s ended this way. I enjoyed every minute of the event and the car was brilliant throughout this rally and the season.”

Wilks (Darlington) won 17 of the 18 special stages to finish over five minutes ahead of Barry Clark (Ford Puma) in the Super 1600 class and eighth position overall. In a magnificent season the 23-year-old scored maximum points on six of the eight rounds of the British Super 1600 Championship, finishing the season 27 points ahead of Jonnie Wigmore (Ford Puma).

Wilks said: “This victory and maximum points this weekend has rounded off a superb season for everyone involved with Suzuki and Dealer Team Suzuki. I’m really pleased for Phil to have secured his co-drivers’ title as it completes a memorable season in our first full year with the team and Suzuki.”

Dealer Team Suzuki’s Team Manager Risto Laine was the first to heap praise Guy and Phil. He said: “Both Guy and Phil have worked tremendously hard this season and they’ve reaped the rewards by winning their respective titles. We couldn’t have asked for a better season.”

In the British Teams’ Championship Wilks’ win secured second place for Dealer Team Suzuki just behind M-Sport.

Laine added: “To come so close to winning the British Teams’ Championship shows how well the team has worked together this season. But the main aim was to win the British Super 1600 driver and co-driver Championships, and we’ve done that in style. The British success just adds to the superb win in the Junior World Rally Championship and ends what has been a truly magnificent season for Suzuki. ”

Mark Higgins/Bryan Thomas (Ford Focus WRC) finishing 1m 23.7secs ahead of younger brother David Higgins’ Hyundai Accent WRC, won the Tempest Rally.

Published 7 November 2004 Melanie Carter

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