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Poland: Quoteboard

Mikko Hirvonen [BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT]:

"This has been the best rally of the season so far. The roads here are fast and narrow and the crowds provided a superb atmosphere. It's the first time I have won two consecutive rallies and it has put me into the lead of the championship ahead of my home rally in Finland. The weekend was perfect from start to finish. After Loeb's mistake on Friday, I thought I might have an easy drive but it wasn't to be. I had to drive flat out yesterday to stay ahead and it's a fantastic feeling to win after such a great fight. I started this morning determined to go flat out through the first loop of stages. When I saw the split times of the guys behind me I knew they weren't pushing so hard, so I was able to drive more cautiously. Everything is possible now regarding the championship. I'm in the lead, so it's in my own hands over the final four rounds."


Daniel Sordo [Citroen Total WRT]:

"Seb's problem on Day 1 put me in a difficult situation because it meant I really had to make sure I finished at least third to be sure of finishing in the big points. Even so, I still managed to post some top times at a time when the two Ford drivers were both going flat out. I am sincerely sorry for Jari-Matti; I know how disappointing it can be to go off on the last stage of a rally."


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

“Wow, what an end to the rally, it's very sad for Ford but the podium is fantastic for me. We have come a long way since Thursday when the feeling after Shakedown wasn't very good and today the car has been much better. I've been driving as fast as I can on this rally and really been pushing hard in the battle with Petter; the fastest stage times we had today prove just that. We have had a learning weekend and this rally has some fantastic stages but it's also been very difficult. I've got the result I wanted, and that helps me maintain my position as the best non-factory driver in the championship.”


Petter Solberg [PSWRT Citroen Xsara WRC]:

“This has been an unbelievable fast rally. We have been absolutely flat out all the time and totally on the limit, but it was never enough. Our old car is lacking power, compared to the new ones and it is almost impossible to keep up with them on the fast sections. And the oil leak [this morning] costs us a lot of seconds, without it I'm sure we could have kept Henning behind us.”


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

“The stages here have been amazing and the number of people here spectating has just been incredible; they really like their rallying here in Poland. One of the biggest challenges has been adjusting my brain to the speed of the stages here and trying to maintain the rhythm when the type of road changes. It's been really good preparation for Finland from that respect and it will be a help to have had three days driving at these speeds. We have taken a lot from this weekend and I need to just get my notes more consistent to be able to push harder.”


Krzysztof Holowczyc [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT]:

“It's been a fantastic rally and I'm very happy with the result. I have become the first Polish driver to score a drivers' point and to do it here on my home rally is a very special feeling; we've also scored our best WRC finish ever which was a big surprise at the end. I have to thank the fans, I have never seen so many people and flags and their energy and the atmosphere has really helped me along. It's five years since I have driven a WRC car and they have improved so much, this Focus is incredible and it's helped me to drive in a very clean and precise way.”


Sebastien Loeb [Citroen Total WRT]:

"I obviously can't be satisfied with seventh place, but we did succeed in salvaging something from the weekend. Given the way things stand after this rally, I think the points we managed to secure here could turn out to be very valuable at the end of the year. I am now more fired up than ever for the next rounds."


Conrad Rautenbach [Citroen Junior Team]:

“The gaps both in front and behind us were large. I built up confidence with the Citroën C4 WRC on these very quick roads this weekend. It is really valuable to gain more experience with the car under these conditions.”


Kevin Abbring [Renault Clio RS R3]: [JWRC event winner]

“We tried to push very hard all the way through this rally. It was important to be fast, but it was more important to be clever. I was really happy to be leading on Day 1, but nobody would remember this if we crashed on Day 2, so I drove hard but did not take any risks. I really felt good and the car was working well, even though we were on the rev-limiter on the long straights and losing time to Kosciuszko. I was really sorry to hear that Kosciuszko had stopped, because I would have preferred to have a fight to the end.”


Martin Prokop [Citroen C2 S1600]: [JWRC runner-up]




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