JWRC: Pre-event press conference - Poland

Drivers: Martin Prokop (Citroen C2 S1600) and Michal Kosciuszko (Suzuki Swift S1600).

Press conference.

You come to your home event in the lead of the Junior World Rally
Championship; how does that feel?

Michal Kosciuszko:
Yes, but to be precise, I live 600km away from here. A rally in Poland and the first time in the WRC is great for me. I will push as much as possible. I know the stages and they are quite similar to before, so that will be good.

It's been a great season for you so far, two wins, two second places – I imagine it would be pretty special to be able take a win here. Is that the objective?

Of course it is, but Martin (Prokop) is very fast and I hope we have a nice battle. It is important that I take 10 points.

What can we expect from the stages here?

You know the stages are really tight. It is a really fast surface and quite soft. Sometimes it will be very difficult, like off-road stages, and it will not be easy to drive fast through the trees. It is difficult to get the correct line. This is no place for mistakes.

Are there any really tough tests – any stages that stand out as being particularly tricky?

All the stages are similar. There are no car-killing stages like Cyprus and Greece. But I need to concentrate on driving. I have good pace notes, so I should be okay.

At the last Junior event you took away maximum points after another great battle with Michal, but you are on his territory now. How tough will it be to take a win here?

Martin Prokop:
We will see. It is not far from my country. Michal is a very fast driver. For sure, we will do our best from the beginning. We will see how it goes. The shakedown was very difficult. The stages are like Finland and I enjoy driving them, but you cannot brake in the ruts and that could be a problem. You are not flat-out all the time and the ruts could be difficult.

What are your thoughts on the stages?

The stages can be nice. I hope it is not raining. On the recce, outside the forests, it can be okay. We will see. We (Michal and I) can speak Polish and Czech and we understand each other. I hope we enjoy the rally together and everyone enjoys our fight in this race. I think to be champion I have to win here and in Finland and be the fastest in Spain. I do not want to be second. I want to push for maximum points.

One of the decisions taken by the World Motor Sport Council yesterday was to introduce a 'WRC Cup' for S2000 cars – would that be something we could see either of you compete in next year?

We are thinking about next season. I want to continue racing. We need to find a way to race. We will think about it. The final decision could be good for us.

It is difficult to answer now about the future. We will wait for the FIA's decision and make final plans. For sure, I need to concentrate on this rally and the rest of this season.

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