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PWRC: Norway - Post-event press conference

Driver / co-driver: Patrik Sandell and Emil Axelsson (Skoda Fabia S2000).


Press conference.



Q:
Your first win in the Production category – congratulations, how do you feel?

Patrik Sandell:
It's absolutely the perfect start. I had a really good rally from the start. We had big fight with Mikkelsen and Flodin at the start, and when they went off we stayed focused to bring the car home.

Q:
You led right from the start of the event and made it look easy. Was it?

PS:
We had a good speed and rhythm from the start. It's easier to be in the fight than leading for two minutes, when you never know whether to push or to back off.

Q:
It's your first time with the Red Bull Rallye Team and with the Skoda Fabia S2000. What did you think of it?

PS:
It felt really good; we had a good test before the event. The engine works really good and the chassis is perfect and it goes all the way to the finish. Really good.

Q:
You had quite a big gap behind you after Mikkelsen developed problems. What kind of pace were you driving at after that?

PS:
Just into day two, we took it a little easy on the first stage. I lost some time. I didn't know what the speed should be. After that, we found a good pace. Before every stage we said, now we're going to have fun and we love to drive on snow. It's easy to forget that we are here to have fun.

Q:
Emil, congratulations, what a great start to the season!

Emil Axelsson:
Of course. It's always good to have a good start to the season, it makes the rest of the year easier. Everybody is satisfied; the team and Skoda and of course we are too.

Q:
What about Patrik's driving? How good was it?

EA:
His performance was really good. We drove with no risks at the start and still made the others make mistakes. We had some small problems knowing which speed we should have. When you back off a little bit too much, the set-up of the car doesn't suit you.

Q:
Was this a good event, it's only the second time WRC has been to Norway?

EA:
It was a fantastic snow rally with the snow banks and the people and the organisers. It couldn't be better.

Q:
How much does this win mean?

PS:
For sure it means a lot. The victory means even more to Skoda and the team. For us it's also really good to start with 10 points. It makes it all easier. I know I can drive on snow, but it means more to do this on asphalt and gravel – I look forward to those victories as well.

Q:
What about the rallies to come?

PS:
Well, I've done them all except for Cyprus. Cyprus is completely new for me. We have to find a good set-up and see what we can do. We are fighting for victory.

Q:
Did you have any moments this weekend?

PS:
We had some small moments, but nothing really big. That's what rallying is about.

Q:
How will you celebrate?

PS:
I don't really know. We'll start with dinner with the team and then see.


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Patrik Sandell (S) Emil Axelsson (S), Skoda Fabia S2000, Red Bull Rallye Team

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