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Wilks whips 4WD cars in front-drive Civic


British ace gives Honda's Australian rallying aspirations a boost with a convincing display of speed at Coffs Harbour

British rally champion Guy Wilks rocked the Australian Rally Championship regulars by driving his Honda Civic Type R to second place in heat one of the final round at Coffs Harbour last weekend.

Competing against more fancied 4WD Super 2000 cars, Wilks won two stages and second in four more. He finished only 30.1 seconds behind winner Simon Evans’ Super 2000 Toyota Corolla.

Things didn’t go so well in Sunday’s heat two. Wilks started promisingly enough, finishing Special Stage 3 in second place, 4.9 seconds behind heat leader Eli Evans’ Subaru.

But one kilometre from the end of the Sherwood stage, which he had won on Saturday, Wilks ran wide on a tightening left-over-crest corner and rolled out of the event.

“Gutted is how I feel to be honest, right now,” Wilks said after the crash. “After a great result on Saturday, there were high expectations from all, particularly after a great team effort.

“It was good fun to spank the 4WD cars and show the enormous potential of the Honda Civic Type R. We’ve all experienced the highs and lows of motorsport in one weekend.”

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