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Swedish Rally: Post-event press conference

FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP Uddeholm Swedish Rally Media FIA Post-event Press Conference 13.02.2005 Present: 1st Petter Solberg --Subaru World Rally Team Philip Mills --Subaru World Rally Team David Lapworth -- Representative of winning ...

FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
Uddeholm Swedish Rally
Media FIA Post-event Press Conference
13.02.2005

Present:

1st
Petter Solberg --Subaru World Rally Team
Philip Mills --Subaru World Rally Team
David Lapworth -- Representative of winning Manufacturer, Subaru World Rally Team

2nd
Markko Martin --Marlboro Peugeot Total
Michael Park --Marlboro Peugeot Total

3rd
Toni Gardemeister --BP Forld World Rally Team
Jakke Honkanen --BP Forld World Rally Team

Q: Petter, you and Marcus had an incredible fight. Tell us about your win?

PS: It can turn around very quickly. It was very good. There was no psychologically factor between Marcus and me. It's very straight forward. It's a great feeling to win this rally, I almost can't believe it's true. It has been very tough in the past, but this year has gone perfectly.

Q: Philip, what did you think when you saw Marcus car before you on the stage?

PM: At first we didn't know it was Marcus car. It was a red Peugeot, it could have been Martin.

Q: Petter, do you think you had won if Marcus still been in the race?

PS: It's difficult to say. But I felt I had good control. We sat for 10 hours working at the strategy.

Q: David, were you confident before this rally?

DL: We were confident with a good result. In his heart Petter wanted to win this rally. He performs well under pressure.

Q: Markko, was this what you expected?

MM: We had our problems we decided not to push to the limit. I know I can drive faster. But this was definitely more than I expected.

Q: Last year it went very well in Mexico. Do you expect it to happen again?

MM: No, I can't expect it to happen again. We need a lot of testing and we have to catch up on the suspension.

Q: Michael, Was it a big problem with the gearbox?

MP: It wasn't such a big trauma but it was a big surprise that we hit the rocks. We are used to snow, it is a shame in that point of view.

Q: Toni, is it OK to lead the championship?

TG: It is very nice. It hasn't happen before.

Q: Toni, you implied you didn't feel OK

TG: I was never too confident. I feel out of pace. And this rally has been different. No snow banks, it was difficult to drive.

Q: The big issue before this event was the amount of snow. Has it been acceptable?

PS: It's the wrong thing for me to complain about. But rally drivers should be able to drive on every surface. It went really well. It's nothing to talk about.

Q: Should the rally move further north?

MM: Yes, this time the organizer was lucky. It looks white on TV but it is not the real thing.

Q: Now you won with the Impreza 2004. Next rally you will compete with the 2005. What are your expectations?

DL: I am confident about the new car. Petter will test it next week, we are waiting for his feedback.

2005 FIA PRODUCTION CARS WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

Present:

1st Toshihiro Arai --Subaru Team Arai Tony Sircombe -- Subaru Team Arai

Q: Congratulations. What is the big difference compared to last year?

TA: Thank you I'm very happy. I got turbo this year. And it's a big difference.

Q: Tony, will you comment on Toshi driving?

TS: Toshi is always pushing himself to win. He is always does it the proper way.

-fia-

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Series WRC
Drivers Toshihiro Arai , Petter Solberg , Philip Mills , Tony Sircombe , Michael Park , Toni Gardemeister , Markko Martin