WRC » 2 August 2009
"I am really disappointed to be out today. Things had been going really well this morning and we had moved ahead of Rantanen on the first stage which was one of my main goals for the day. The suspension broke at a hairpin and the damage was just too bad to continue but the team have done a good job in getting the car back to normal and I'm glad we will be able to rejoin tomorrow. After retiring so early today, it will be important to get some more fast gravel kilometres under our belt before Rally Australia."
Petter Solberg [PSWRT Citroen Xsara WRC]: [retired from rally on day 2 before SS14 - engine]
"Yesterday morning the engine was perfect, but today it's not working properly. There's no power, we cannot make a proper attack, so it's better to stop now to avoid more damage."
Evgeny Novikov [Citroen Junior Team]: [retired from rally in SS14 - went off the road]
"We were going at a quick pace and our first splits were good. We had two big moments - one jump on which we landed with the back bumper touching the ground and then a high-speed encounter with the trees. That was it."
Conrad Rautenbach [Citroen Junior Team]: [retired from rally in SS22 – went off the road]
“That's not how we wanted to end our rally. We weren't taking any risks but these are always very complex stages. I'm bitterly disappointed.”
Malcolm Wilson [BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT - team director]:
"Both Mikko and Jari-Matti delivered a perfect job for the team. Without question, it was Mikko's best drive. Winning Rally Finland is a turning point in his career, but I never doubted he would take victory here one day. He has increased his lead in the drivers' standings and the destination of the title could go down to the final round. Jari-Matti drove superbly, especially given the pressure he was under."
Gerard Quinn [Ford of Europe - senior manager for motorsport:
"Victory in the country that is regarded as the spiritual home of rallying is a tremendous achievement. Four consecutive wins in conditions ranging from the blisteringly fast roads in Finland to the rock-strewn tracks and searing heat in Greece demands a blend of strength, speed and reliability from both man and machine and I look forward to us challenging in Australia next month."
Olivier Quesnel [Citroen Racing - director]:
"Of the four rounds which remained ahead of this weekend, this is the one we feared the most. I think it's fair to say that we were beaten by the best man on the day. Seb and Daniel's performance cannot be faulted, however, while Dani's result means that we have only dropped three points in the Manufacturers' standings. We still enjoy an enviable lead of 14 points. I would also like to congratulate Martin Prokop who has succeeded in securing the C2 Super 1600's second consecutive crown in the JWRC."
Benoit Nogier [Citroen Junior Team - manager]:
“It was a big accident for Conrad. Luckily the crew is uninjured, even though the car is damaged. Sébastien has driven an exceptional rally. Very few drivers have been able to set a fastest stage time here on their debut in a top category car. He obtained this great result by gradually increasing his pace, to mix it with the frontrunners by the middle of the second day. For three rallies now, he has shown his capability to challenge for top results. This is very satisfying, particularly after what is well known as the most difficult event of the season. Now we are going to concentrate on Rally Australia, where we will run two cars for Conrad Rautenbach and Sébastien Ogier. Until then, we have a lot of work to do to prepare our C4 WRCs for their next challenge.”
Malcolm Wilson [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT - team boss]:
“It has been a solid team performance on one of the hardest and most specialised events in the championship. Experience counts for so much here and both crews did a great job to bring the cars home and earn yet more manufacturer points for the Stobart team. It's a pity that Henning had to SupeRally as I believe that he could have achieved another top-five finish.”
Andrew Tinkler [Stobart Group - CEO]:
“Finland is famous for its high speeds and demanding stages and both Stobart crews have done extremely well to earn manufacturer points. Matthew and Scott have taken a lot from this event and the experience and improvements they have made with their pacenotes will stand them in good stead for the future.”
Mario Isola [Pirelli - rally manager]:
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