Finland: Quoteboard

“When I realised that I could still catch Villagra in the WRC, I simply took the risk. And now my delight has of course been doubled because it all worked out [and I finished in tenth overall]. I didn't have a single problem with the car the entire weekend long – thanks to the entire BRR crew for that. Our teamwork was excellent.”

Federico Villagra [Munchi's Ford WRT]:

“This has been a very difficult rally but we are happy to finish with no problems and get another year's experience of competing here. Experience counts for a lot and when I made my pacenotes for this rally I thought they were fine. But the top drivers really know the lines here, especially over the crests, and I'm having to adjust to it a bit more. It's difficult to find the exact speed for the corners and I'm struggling more on the first pass with this. We came here from Rally Acropolis and it's a shame we didn't compete in Poland as it may have helped us to adjust to the high speeds. The car has been working well all weekend and it's also a real pleasure to compete on this rally; the stages are fantastic fun and very exciting.”

Anton Alen [Abarth Fiat Grande Punto S2000]: [Group N runner-up]

"It was not what we were hoping for and our problems meant we have had to finish second which is not the result we wanted."

Martin Prokop [Citroen C2 S1600]: [JWRC winner and 2009 JWRC champion]

"What a relief! 2009 JWRC champion! We are very happy and a result like this is just the best feeling. We have worked so hard and now I am at the top of the list - fantastic and thank you to my excellent team."

Kalle Pinomaki [Renault Clio R3]: [JWRC runner-up]

"We had a really good weekend with no mistakes. I am really satisfied to be second in class."

Urmo Aava [Honda Civic Type-R R3]:

"It has been a good rally. The car has been working quite well. The only problem was the suspension damage we had on Friday where we lost time repairing it ourselves on stage. Still, a good event and we enjoyed it."

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

“We came to this rally aiming for another top-five and things were looking good but unfortunately part of the suspension broke and we had to retire at the start of the second day. With our aim not possible I had to focus on getting more points for the Stobart team. We tried our best for this and on the final day our times were good; it was also useful to have that extra driving ahead of Rally Australia.”

Notable retirements:

Evgeny Novikov [Citroen Junior Team]: [retired from day 1 after SS2 - went off the road - re-started on Saturday under SupeRally]

"It was because of a mistake in the pace notes, which shows our lack of experience. On roads as quick as this, you need a really good rhythm. I just missed a note over a crest and we ended up in the trees. Now, my goal is to finish the rally and hopefully set some good times on the second runs through the stages [on Saturday]."

Petter Solberg [PSWRT Citroen Xsara WRC]: [retired from day 1 in SS4 - went off the road - re-started on Saturday under SupeRally]

"Everything was going well [and we were second overall] but then we got a puncture which made us go wide just before the finish [of Mokkipera 1] and into a ditch…"

Henning Solberg [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT]: [retired on day 2 in SS12 – suspension damage – re-started on Sunday under SupeRally]

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