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Guy Wilks says there's no extra pressure on him ahead of home IRC event

Guy Wilks Peugeot UK IRC 2011

Guy Wilks has denied there is any more pressure on him ahead of this weekend's Rally of Scotland as he gears up for his final Peugeot UK outing of the season.

The Briton has suffered a season fraught with punctures and the odd mistake, and his failed to repeat his podium of the opening round in Monte Carlo. Despite those setbacks, he is desperate to win in Perth this weekend and secure a second season with the French manufacturer.

"This season has been pretty unreal in terms of bad luck," said Wilks. "It's been unbelievable and we want to turn that around in Scotland. The pressure here, though, is the same as every event I always want to deliver, which is why this year has been quite difficult.

"The start to the year was good, but then we had a mistake in the Azores, a couple of mechanical issues, some punctures and suddenly we've got a really average looking season. Now would be a very good time to get the feelgood factor back in the team."

Peugeot UK is believed to be in the middle of the decision-making process about whether or not to continue with its IRC programme next season.

"I'm not involved in that ultimate decision," said Wilks. "But I would love to stay here and the way the car is working now, the future is looking very good for the Peugeot. We've had more development and look at what we're getting: fastest times and rally wins. This is testament to what Peugeot has done.

"For me now, though, Scotland is the ultimate focus. I love the roads up there, they are classic stages and I can't wait to get into them."

The Rally of Scotland, the penultimate round of the IRC, starts from Stirling on Friday night.

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