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JWRC: France - Pre-event press conference.

Drivers: Sebastien Ogier (Citroen) and Aaron Burkart (Citroen).


Press conference.



Q:
Sébastien, it's a big weekend for you here in Corsica, with the battle for the JWRC title against Aaron Burkart. How are you feeling going into this weekend?

Sebastien Ogier:
Not so bad. My feeling is good. We are here at home with a lot of supporters. We're leading the Championship and we just need to finish to win the Championship.

Q:
Last weekend you made a mistake on the final stage of day two, which caused you to retire. You were under no real pressure from the other drivers; how did the mistake happen?

SO:
For sure it is a stupid mistake. We did the rally with a big gap and it was a corner very dirty with a lot of gravel and it was missing in my notes. I did a mistake. That's rally. It was my first mistake of the season. I lead the Championship for the moment. It's okay. I need to be a little bit more prudent and it will be okay.

Q:
You don't need to win here; how will you approach this weekend?

SO:
Yes, I don't need to win here to win the Championship. This weekend we are going to watch Aaron and look just to win the Championship.

Q:
What would it mean to you to win the Championship on your debut year?

SO:
It would be good satisfaction for me and the team. To be World Champion is always good. I want to win this weekend.

Q:
Did you think when you started this year that you would be challenging for the title?

SO:
Yes. I started the season perfectly. We hoped to be in the position to win the Championship and that's okay.

Q:
Does this rally suit you better than Spain?

SO:
No, not really. It's harder here, the roads are more narrow and more dirty, but for me I have to stay out of trouble, no car problem and no puncture. Our performance is always good, we need to finish.

Q:
Nervous?

SO:
A little bit. I can't do another mistake. It's okay, I lead by four points.

Q:
This is the final round of the JWRC – will we see you again this year? Maybe in a world rally car?

SO:
I don't know. You have to ask Olivier Quesnel (Citroen team principal). For the moment I have to win the JWRC and maybe do another season; we will see. It's my first season with JWRC, I have time for the WRC.

Q:
Has Sebastien Loeb given you any advice?

SO:
Not this weekend. In general all of the season, I speak with Sébastien many times. When I need tips, he gives them to me.

Q:
Aaron, Ogier's mistake in Spain threw you a lifeline in the Championship and it will be a battle to the finish. How are you feeling going into this weekend?

Aaron Burkart:
In the end it's an amazing situation for myself still to be fighting. The pressure is on this guy, he's got to win, he's here at home and obviously a good driver. I'm happy to fight for this position. If he makes another mistake we will be there, but I am happy. We always have pressure, but in the end it's not more or less than any other rally. I'm comfortable and it's great to be in this position.

Q:
You haven't won any events but you have been very consistent this year. Are you pleased with your 2008 performance?

AB:


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