WRC » 1 January 1901
Norway: Quoteboard - Day 3
Sebastien Loeb [Citroen Total WRT]:
"It's sometimes nice when it's stops. Mentally, this has been a very tough rally. It got very tense when I learnt that Mikko had narrowed the gap on this morning's first stage, but we didn't ease up, even if that did mean having one or two hairy moments! Going into the last stage, I knew that even a small mistake would ruin all the hard work we have put in this weekend. Everything turned out well, however, and it's great to have won this rally for the first time. It's been a fantastic rally and the conditions were perfect form start to finish. Our C4 WRC was a big ally, too, in terms of both its performance and its reliability."
[Speaking after SS20] "We managed to match Mikko's time for the three stages, so we more than limited the damage. The closer we get to the end of the rally, the harder it will be for him to bridge the gap. That said, I don't really know what sort of conditions to expect for the second pass."
Mikko Hirvonen [BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT]:
"This was the best winter rally I've competed on – and I have driven many. It was fantastic to drive on the edge in snow and ice for three days, and to be involved in such a great battle. To be split by less than 10sec after more than 360km of competition says it all. The line between making a small mistake and being perfect at those speeds is so tiny and I couldn't have done any more. I took so many risks but we both had to do that because the competition was so close. I'm disappointed to be second. I lost the rally yesterday because I couldn't respond to Loeb's speed then. It wasn't the result I wanted but I'm glad that we went down fighting and it was a hugely enjoyable battle."
Jari-Matti Latvala [BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT]:
"I'm happy to score a podium but at the same time disappointed not to be able to fight for victory. They are good points for myself and the team but my chances really ended on Saturday morning. I should have softened the suspension settings earlier so I can look in the mirror and see the reason why I didn't challenge the top two drivers. If I could start this weekend again, I would redo the mornings. The grip level was good then and I should have trusted that and taken greater advantage. I wasn't in a hurry today because there was no competition. I relaxed and enjoyed the driving."
Henning Solberg [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT]:
"I'm very happy. I have the top three drivers in the world in the top three rally cars ahead of me. It was the perfect rally in terms of the stages and its organisation which made it very enjoyable and it means a lot to me to be the first Norwegian home in the rally. It was good fun to race against Petter this weekend but now I can say I am the fastest Solberg and I want to try and keep it like that. Now I'm also fourth in the drivers' championship; that's also a fantastic reward for me."
Daniel Sordo [Citroen Total WRT]:
"It wasn't an easy day. Our aim was to make sure of scoring Manufacturers' points for Citroën but I wasn't one hundred per cent relaxed this morning, especially on the first stage where I was using my pacenotes from 2007. I went better second time round and I am pleased with this afternoon's result which means Citroën stays 10 points clear at the top of the table."
Petter Solberg [PS WRT-Citroen Xsara WRC]:
"I would say this is a dream result. I've put together a new team with my friends and family and I must thank them all. On Saturday and today we had some problems. But we are at the finish and I think sixth place is good. The next rally is Cyprus and I hope I will be faster there."
[Speaking after SS20] "It's been a good morning, we've been taking some time from Matthew but you know I am here for fun. I want to get to the finish of the rally and then maybe we can think about the rest of the year."
Matthew Wilson [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT]:
"Overall it has been a very positive weekend for me. I'm happy with my driving but I'm kicking myself because there were a few places where I was just too cautious and probably dropped too much time. It was great to be fighting with a driver of Petter's calibre and experience though, and we can take a lot away from that. Picking up points for the second rally in a row was important and we want to keep doing that as the season progresses; it has put me sixth in the championship and that's a great feeling."
Urmo Aava [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT]:
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