DURHAM’S Guy Wilks endured a tough weekend in the second round of the 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship at Montelegre, but has vowed to come back fighting next time out.

As the only permanent British driver in the world’s premier rallycross series, the 36-year-old had been eyeing a place in the final after just missing out at the opening round earlier this month.

Wilks was one of 22 drivers who lined up in front of a capacity crowd in the Portuguese sunshine and his weekend got off to a strong start, as he powered his LOCO Energy Drink and Karting North East-backed Volkswagen RX Polo to 10th position in Q1 on Saturday.

But the afternoon’s second session didn’t go so well for Guy, as he got caught out and stuck behind four other drivers who all opted for the joker lap at the same time and he was forced to sit behind in their dust, wrecking his chances of a fast lap and finishing 17th overall.

Determined to make up for lost ground on Sunday, he emerged a much stronger 11th in Q3, and was looking good as he lined up for Q4 shortly after midday.

After a clean start, he tried to make a move down the inside of another car when the driver outbraked himself, forcing Wilks to do the same. He ended up forced into the joker lap, this time behind five other cars and was unable to make up any time.

At the end of the session he was stuck in 17th position and out of the running for a semi-final spot.

With the next round, in Germany next weekend, Wilks is looking ahead to a fresh start and hopes to climb back up the points table, where he currently sits 13th.