Drivers: Patrik Sandell (Skoda Fabia S2000) and Eyvind Brynildsen (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo).

Press conference.

Q:
Patrik, you start the year with a brand new team and car; the Red Bull Rallye Team and the Skoda Fabia S2000 - a great opportunity for you?

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Patrik Sandell:
It will be perfect. We have done a test in Sweden, closer to my hometown. It worked really good. The car was good from the start. Okay, you always want more grip and traction, but I'm sure that we'll find that. The shakedown was good as well this morning.

Q:
The Red Bull Rallye Team won the PWRC last year with a Mitsubishi - what do you think of the Skoda?

PS:
It's a really good car. Compared to the car from last year (Peugeot 207 S2000), it's something similar. The chassis works differently, but the engine is the same; you can only tune a two-litre engine one way. Red Bull likes to win, in one way I have some pressure on my shoulders.

Q:
You have done well on snow events in the past but never a win in your class; could you get it here?

PS:
I hope this is the time and rally for me. Rally Norway is a bit more of a home rally than Sweden. This place here is closer to me than my home. I'm really looking forward to the rally. I hope to be on top.

Q:
How do the stages here differ from the ones we see on the Swedish Rally?

PS:
The roads (in Sweden) are more narrow and tricky. Here, it's super-fast. From the event in 2007 to this year, the roads are faster this time. It's quite the same, except there's more snow in this area. This is more a proper winter rally with the snow banks. I really like both of the rallies, but, here in Norway, you need to be really focused all of the time.

Q:
Patrik, last year, we saw you do both the Junior and PWRC series. Why have you focused on just the PWRC this season?

PS:
That was the choice of Red Bull. Red Bull wants me to focus on one series and try to be as prepared as possible to do that one series. Over that, we will do some more rallies.

Q:
How much would you like to add the Production title to the Junior Championship title you've already won?

PS:
It would be just amazing. Nobody has ever done that. If I do that this year, it's a dream come true.

Q:
Eyvind, home event for you, the weather seems fantastic - have we got perfect conditions?

Eyvind Brynildsen:
It looks like a postcard. We have between one and two metres of perfect snow and perfect blue skies. This is more than we expect from Rally Norway and more than the drivers expect.

Q:
You were second in Group N last time in Norway, what is the hope for this event?

EB:
There are many good drivers in the rally and in Super 2000 cars. It was Patrik (Flodin) I fought with the last time we did this rally in 2007 and now it will be another Patrik (Sandell) I expect to fight this time. I know I can score points. It easier to do this event at home than it is to go and try and score points in Argentina.

Q:
You won the latest round of the Norwegian Championship, that's good preparation...

EB:
Okay, it was completely different conditions. We had snow, between 60-70cm of snow on Saturday. If it snowed (on this rally) then it would be the same. It was a good rally, we had good speed, and it's always good to get some practice in before the start of a rally.

Q:
There is a good line up in the PWRC this year - what is your aim for the year?

EB:
All of us are looking for a title. Rally drivers all want to win, but I'm young and I need points and I need the experience of the rallies. Okay, I will try to score points in each rally, but we will see what happens when we get to the end of the year and add all of those points together.

Q:
And who do you think your major competition will be?

EB:
Many of them. Patrik is a World Champion, then there's Toshi Arai, (Martin) Prokop and on this event, (Andreas) Mikkelsen, maybe seven or eight drivers can win each rally. It's hard. This rally it could be Patrik. The Skoda is a good car; it has good speed, Juho Hanninen proved this on the Monte Carlo Rally.

Q:
What is the secret to getting it right on snow?

EB:
We all have a different point of view on snow. Snow can be tricky, it's like gravel but there's less traction. If you miss the line, you can be off the road. I don't know, maybe go flat out and see what happens.

Q:
Patrik, I noticed on the way in you're wearing heated boots. Are they going to help this week?

PS:
Well, they're normally used for skiing, it's absolutely perfect. They keep my feet heated.

Q:
Eyvind, do you have any of those?

EB:
No. My feet are frozen flat (on the throttle). That's perfect...