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Karting North East-sponsored driver Guy Wilks has vowed to come back fighting after missing out on a semi-final place at his home round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship.Guy Walks

The only permanent British driver in this year’s championship, Wilks, from Durham, had been looking to emulate his success in the earlier part of the season as the championship headed to Lydden Hill for its only UK round of the year.

But his hopes of enjoying home success were dashed when his Loco-liveried and KNE-backed Volkswagen RX Polo struggled to match the pace of his factory counterparts, and missed out on a spot in the final 12.

The weekend got underway with first and second qualifying on Saturday whereby Wilks ended the first session in 14th spot, but pulled back two positions in the second to end the day 12th.

A puncture in Q3 left him struggling in 13th spot, and despite his best efforts to force his way up to the top 12, he was unable to get a fast enough lap in the fourth and final session.

As a result, he missed out on a semi-final place, and left his home round disappointed, but determined to turn things around as the season moves on.

Guy Wilks:   “I’m feeling a bit flat, I really had been hoping to get into the semi-final, but it just wasn’t going to happen for us this week. We weren’t in too bad a place at the end of Saturday but a Guy Walkspuncture ruined Q3 and then in Q4 I just didn’t get a great lap. It was just one of those things, but I need to move on from here and look at what we can do to improve. I know I’ve said it before, but we really are just a small team and we are battling against the might of huge manufacturers out there. We’re a good team but we’re still a couple of seconds off being a great team, so we need to look at what we can do. If we can get some improvements to the car and I can get a bit more practice in at my Karting North East circuit, we can hopefully come back stronger. There’s no use crying or moaning about it, we need to improve and it’s time to act on it and do what we can to make up the gap.”

Ending the day 15th overall, Wilks added another three points to his tally, and remains 15th in the championship.

With just two weeks until the sixth round in Norway, Wilks is already looking at what he can do to make the improvements he needs to climb closer to the front and get himself back in the top 12 on a regular basis.

FIA World Rallycross Championship points after Round 5:

Johan Kristoffersson 124
Matthias Ekström 120
Petter Solberg 117
Timmy Hansen 91
Sébastien Loeb 81
Andreas Bakkerud 73
Ken Block 52
Timo Schneider 50
Toomas Heikkinen 46
Kevin Eriksson 46
Guy Wilks 19

Follow Guy on Twitter @GuyWilks and for further details, including live streaming and regional television coverage this weekend, please visit http://www.fiaworldrallycross.com. For further information on KNE, please visit http://www.kartingnortheast.com.

Pictures courtesy of Tom Banks/Colin McMaster – mcklein.de

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