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Norway: Quoteboard - Day 2

Sebastien Loeb [Citroen Total WRT]:

"The final stage turned out to be quite difficult; I had to fight with my car to stay on the road, but to have succeeded in increasing our lead in these conditions is all the more satisfying. It's looking good for tomorrow, but the organisers have kept the longest leg of the weekend for the end."

[Speaking in mid-day service] "Road order didn't make any difference this morning. Daniel [Elena] and I pushed as hard as we could, and I think Mikko did the same. Running ahead of them on the road means we don't have a perfect picture of the way the rally is unfolding. We consequently did what we could to pull out a gap because we are in no position to control from in front. The conditions are perfect and I am thoroughly enjoying the fight. We haven't made any mistakes so far and we're having great fun."

"We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves with our C4 WRC. These stages are superb and the conditions are excellent. I would even go as far as to say that this is the finest winter rally we have ever contested!"


Mikko Hirvonen [BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT]:

"We were both driving at a crazy speed, especially this morning. The grip was consistent and it was fantastic to drive in those conditions. It's an amazing fight, and while I don't enjoy being second, I'm loving this contest. I've not had problems, he's just been faster than me. I need to be faster than him tomorrow. It's not impossible to turn the gap around and I will give it my best shot. It's so close and there are many risks still to be taken. I'm so close to the limit that I started to make small mistakes on the penultimate stage. It's necessary to be absolutely perfect on every corner and I must remember that. I'll be so disappointed if I lose out tomorrow."


Jari-Matti Latvala [BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT]:

"It went well this afternoon. Unfortunately I found the right car set-up a little too late. I made the springs softer and that made the suspension more flexible under braking and gave me more traction. I found a good feeling and I'll try to keep the pressure on tomorrow but the time gap is too large for me to challenge the two guys in front. I would love to be battling with them but I have to be sensible and realistic. I didn't find the right feeling this morning and was braking too early. There was no problem with the car and I only had to look in the mirror to see where the problem was."


Henning Solberg [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT]:

"Today has been great, much better than yesterday and far more enjoyable. The feeling with the car is improved and now I'm really enjoying it; hopefully I'm also putting on a good show for all the Norwegian fans. The stages were in great condition today and the tyres provided fantastic grip. To get ahead of Sordo is a big bonus and the fastest time just topped the day off for me. Now I am the fastest Solberg on the rally; hopefully I can keep it like this tomorrow."


Daniel Sordo [Citroen Total WRT]:

"I feel that I made progress this afternoon, but I wasn't able to ward off Henning Solberg who was setting times on a par with those of the two front-runners. We'll see if we can't pass him again tomorrow."

[Speaking in mid-day service] "I stalled twice on SS10, once at the start and a second time in a hairpin. That cost me about half a minute. I also dropped time on SS12, primarily because we were running without the rear anti-roll bar, but also because I really wasn't in the rhythm. I'm still having trouble through the narrower portions. I just need to hang on in there and stay on the road to try to make sure of scoring points for Citroën."


Petter Solberg [PS WRT-Citroen Xsara WRC]:

[Speaking after SS15] "We have a leak in the gearbox, we can't find it but you can smell the oil. The car went on to three cylinders on stage 14 and it's still not running properly. I hope we can make it back to Hamar tonight."


Matthew Wilson [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT]:



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Sebastien Loeb (FRA), Citroën C4, Citroën Total World Rally Team

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