He said: “To put my feelings into words is fairly difficult, needless to say I’m extremely pleased for everyone involved in this year’s British campaign. We’ll be celebrating for a couple of days before concentrating on trying to win the Junior World Rally Championship at the end of the month.”
Dealer Team Suzuki’s Assistant Team Manager, Ian Phillipson, said: “Guy and Phil have deservedly won the two British titles, having produced great performances to secure five class wins out of seven events this season. Now they have a great chance of making 2004 a truly memorable year if they can produce another good Junior World Rally Championship performance on Rally Catalunya.”
In the British Rally Championship, Wilks’ replacement driver for the Trackrod Rally, Leon Pesticcio (Bridgend, South Wales) drove superbly in the Yorkshire mud to clinch Super 1600 honours and, in doing so, help Wilks secure his British titles.
The 22-year-old won seven of the 14 stages to win by over seven minutes from Barry Clarke (Ford Puma) to secure only his second Super 1600 class win on a British Rally.
He said: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this weekend and I’m delighted to have won the Super 1600 class for myself and for Dealer Team Suzuki. This weekend was hugely important for me to show just how quick I can be in a competitive car, while I also needed to drive sensibly to get the car to the finish.”
Ian Phillipson said: “Leon must be commended for his professional and intelligent drive this weekend. He did everything we asked of him and showed he could push when necessary. Leon drove for the team and I’m sure his success in this event will not go unnoticed by the rallying hierarchy.”Published 4 October 2004