Wilson aims to emulate English Ashes success in Australia Proud Brits Matthew Wilson and Scott Martin grabbed the chance to celebrate England's Ashes victory on Aussie turf as they visited the Sydney Opera House on Sunday ahead of this week's...
Wilson aims to emulate English Ashes success in Australia
Proud Brits Matthew Wilson and Scott Martin grabbed the chance to celebrate England's Ashes victory on Aussie turf as they visited the Sydney Opera House on Sunday ahead of this week's Repco Rally Australia. The Stobart VK M-Sport Ford duo donned England cricket caps during a whirlwind visit to the city as they aim to repeat the success of the cricket team when they fly the flag for Britain in the latest round of the FIA World Rally Championship.
Along with team mates Henning Solberg and Cato Menkerud, Wilson and Martin were part of a group of WRC stars taking time out from their preparations for the rally, which kicks off on Thursday night, to see some of Australia's most famous sights.
As well as taking in some of Sydney's most iconic views, such as the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge from dry land, the drivers couldn't miss the chance to take a high-speed tour of Sydney Harbour enjoying a thrilling jet boat ride to get a unique view of the city from the water.
The new-look Rally Australia takes place on the Gold Coast, 850kms north of Sydney, with the Service Park for the event based on the beach-side. While the drivers won't have much time to enjoy the surroundings during the rally, they were treated to a taste of Aussie beach life as they headed to the world famous Bondi Beach, where they were challenged to a volleyball match by the local lifeguards.
After a hectic day of sightseeing, the drivers now make the journey north to Rally HQ in Kingscliff starting their preparations for the rally with the recce which starts on Tuesday.
Stobart VK M-Sport Ford driver Matthew Wilson said:
"Sydney is a fantastic city and it was great to be able to come here and have a look around before we head north for the rally. The jet boat ride and the volleyball on Bondi Beach definitely helped to clear away the jet lag and we had a brilliant time playing against the lifeguards. I'm looking forward to the rally now and both Scott and myself are really up for the challenge that these fast, gravel stages have to offer."