Guy Wilks and Phil Pugh

August 7, 2013 By Mike Lee
Last updated on July 27, 2015

Guy Wilks and Phil Pugh posted on 31 May 2011

Guy Wilks and Phil Pugh

There is no time to rest for Guy and Phil. After their tough Corsican rally, they head to the Ukraine for the Prime Yalta rally, which starts on Thursday 2 nd June.

“I’m still kicking myself for my ‘off’ in Corsica, because it was entirely my fault,” remarked Guy. “I had just posted the fastest time on the previous stage, so why did I go and overdo it? My Peugeot 207 S2000 is competitive, I don’t need to take it beyond its limits…”

Still flying the flag as the top placed UK team, Peugeot UK and driver pairing, Guy Wilks and Phil Pugh will be fully focused on producing a strong result and score valuable points towards the Championship.

A new rally for the IRC in 2011, the Prime Yalta Rally combines a number of fast and flowing tarmac stages in the mountains overlooking the Black Sea city of Yalta, in the Ukrainian Crimea region. It consists of a total of fourteen stages covering a total of 261.87 km of competitive stage distance. By the end of the rally Guy and Phil’s Peugeot 207 S2000 will have covered a total of 721.61 km, made up of stage kilometres and the distance travelled between the stages and vehicle Service Park.

The rally kicks off on Thursday with two special stages. The first SS1 is located in the outskirts of Yalta and covers a total of 2.12 km. The second is further down the coast south of Yalta, a short stage totalling 5.49 km. After the completion of the two stages the cars will have a short fifteen minute Service halt before being parked up for the night on the quay side in Yalta.

Day Two will see the competitors tackle a total of six stages covering 137.52 km, with the final day made up of a further six stages covering 116.74 km.

Peugeot 207 S2000

“We’ve got to get our head down, make good pace notes and do the job in the Ukraine. I’ve never rallied there before. It’s a new adventure and a level playing field for everyone. So it’s game on,” said Guy Wilks.

A total of 52 crews will set off at the start of the rally on Thursday with a total of four Peugeot 207 S2000s aiming to be on the top step of the podium when the rally finishes on Saturday.

Championship Positions ahead of the Prime Yalta Rally

Drivers Points Manufacturers Points
1 Freddy Loix Skoda Fabia S2000 45 1 Skoda 106
2 Thierry Neuville Peugeot 207 S2000 40 2 Peugeot 104
3 Jan Kopecky Skoda Fabia S2000 40 3 Subaru 32
4 Juho Hänninen Skoda Fabia S2000 33 4 Ford 23
5 BryanBouffier Peugeot 207 S2000 31
6 Guy Wilks Peugeot 207 S2000 25
7 Andreas Mikkelsen Skoda Fabia S2000 16
8 Bruno Magalhaes Peugeot 207 S2000 14
9 Stéphane Sarrazin Peugeot 207 S2000 12
10 Pierre Campana Peugeot 207 S2000 12