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PWRC: Britain - Post-event press conference

25 October 2009

Driver / co-driver: Eyvind Brynildsen and Denis Giraudet (Skoda Fabia S2000).



Press conference.


Q:
Eyvind, your first win in PWRC in what has been a dominant performance this weekend. How do you feel?

Eyvind Brynildsen:
It's really, really good. The first loop on Friday we went out for a big push and we hardly drove the car before, we just did a small rally in Cumbria and we thought “it's now or never” and we pushed from the first stage. We were leading into the first service and we led through the first day and at the end of the first day we had a good lead. On Saturday morning we started with a good push and after that we thought with this car we always need to push as it is quite hard to drive slow. It was good, I am really satisfied.

Q:
Things got tough mid year, did this make up for it?

EB:
The last two rallies, Spain and here, have been really, really good and we had such bad luck and silly mistakes and we broke a lot of gearboxes and had technical problems so it's been really, really good that in a proper car we can be really, really hot.

Q:
So you like the Skoda Fabia then?

EB:
I like the Skoda Fabia very much.

Q:
At one of the stage starts Denis, Eyvind said he was “driving like a chicken”, I'm sure he was not during the weekend. What do you think of his performance?

Denis Giraudet:
It was the end of stage three and the few seconds we had alone between the stage and the stop he was completely “Ah I was driving like a chicken or my Grandmother”, I don't know which it was. I told him I was not kidding I was sweating a lot even though it was in the S2000 and then at the end we were fifteen seconds faster than the other guy so it was OK.

Q:
You have had an illustrious career in this sport and have sat with many great drivers. How does Eyvind compare and what do you think about the future for Eyvind?

DG:
It is difficult to compare as he is at the stage of his career where I have not been before with a younger driver. He is already very good. When he's driving and in normal life you don't feel like you are with a 20 year old young lad, so I think he has still to improve but he has a bright future.

Q:
It has been a great weekend; let's talk a little more in-depth about the stages and tricky conditions here in Wales. We had some rain over the weekend, how did you find it?

EB:
Actually I like tricky conditions, it's the first time I'm driving through the stages flat out, because last year was my first time and I broke the engine on Friday. (Patrik) Sandell has been here five times or something and he became the World Champion here in the Juniors, its not so easy all the time to trust that your pace notes are perfect and all the tricky things that happened here in GB with all the mud and everything all the sudden show up in a corner. I really like the rally and I think bad conditions suit me well, a nice and tidy driving style without too much sideways.

Q:
What about 2010? Where are we going to see you? It's early at the moment, so not a lot of things are signed and sealed for next year, but where would you want to be?

EB:
I know where I want to be but I know where I have to be and that's on my machine to mail more companies to get more money, but I'd really like to be in the Skoda next year in the S2000 World Cup. But we will see, it depends on the budget so I really need to work hard. With Spain, the first time on tarmac with this type of car, we won and first time on gravel in GB we won again and I think we have done a good job, the whole team. It's the first time the team is in the World Championship in Spain and we were so happy with the victory and we won here against I will say the top level in group N, all the best guys. Around me all the PWRC Champions, you can mention all the guys around and Prokop in the Juniors too. For me, I'm only 21 years old and really happy I can beat those guys.

Q:
How much will this win help to be able to secure something for next year do you think?

EB:
In the old days you just went flat out and hopefully you won the rally and someone picked you up and you could do a test for any team. The sport has changed and now you spend more money, but I think it's really, really good and I think I've bought a ticket for next year with those results so we'll just see, I just have to work really hard to find money, I think that's the key at the moment.

Q:
It is all about money these days isn't it and it is about sponsorship, but with the talent that Eyvind has got at his age, surely teams will be looking for something like that?

DG:
As you understand he is not a dreamer, he knows that if he was a talented football player he could buy a pair of boots and be successful in a great team, but with a rally car it a bit difficult so we will see what it will bring, but it would be ideal to get back in the World Rally Championship in S2000 in 2010.

Q:
And what about you, we've seen you competing with many drivers, are we still going to see you competing next year?

DG:
I hope so yes, if you are not fed up with me!

Q:
We're never fed up with you Mr Giraudet, we would like you back! Eyvind, tell me how it felt to go across the flying finish knowing that you had sealed the deal. Was that a special moment?

EB:
It was a really, really good feeling, but I enjoyed the stage. Normally when you go into the stage and know that you have the job to win the rally, normally you are a bit nervous, but I was just enjoying it and we did the same as normal, we did the same with the tyre pressure before the stage. We went out and did a normal start and actually I need to push to be able to drive safe, so I went out with a normal pace, just took it a bit easy in some places and ok I was really, really happy when I could see the yellow board also the red one of course and I had a big, big smile when I crossed the finish line and I knew that I had won the rally and the next car is 1 minute 56 seconds behind. It's a good feeling.


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