Skoda UK has officially lodged the first entry for this year’s RACMSA Rally of Scotland (15-17 October) – for 2009 winners Guy Wilks and Phil Pugh.
Wilks and co-driver Pugh (pictured above) will again be out for victory in their Skoda Fabia Facelift S2000 as they seek to end their Intercontinental Rally Challenge season on a high. Scotland marks the IRC’s crucial penultimate round of 2010.
Many more top-line names from factory-supported teams including Skoda plus Peugeot, Proton, Ford and Subaru are expected to join Wilks/Pugh for the Scottish event – among them 2009 IRC Champion Kris Meeke in his Peugeot 207 and Scottish hero Alister McRae in his Proton Neo Satria.
Indeed, with Scotland’s event coming at such a crucial point in the calendar many predict it could attract the most exciting entry list of the IRC season. Furthermore, it is an event many crews would dearly love to win as it is recognised as arguably the most spectacular and challenging rally on the IRC calendar thanks to its classic, high-speed competitive forest stages that run through Perthshire and Stirlingshire.
Wilks, from Darlington in North Yorkshire, commented: "Rally of Scotland isn’t far away now and I can feel the excitement beginning to build. Having won the event last year, we’re really looking forward to returning to try and defend our crown.
“The stages are some of the best I’ve ever driven on anywhere in the world and it was great that these hidden gems were uncovered by the international rally scene in 2009, because they certainly deserve their place on an international calendar."