Australia: Quoteboard

Sebastien Loeb [Citroen Total WRT]:

"Winning is always nice, but today's victory has a special taste to it because it's our first since last April! This rally turned out to be long and tough. The variety of the stages and the speed of our rivals kept us on our toes from start to finish. This result is particularly important in terms of the championship. It has brought us back to within just one point of Mikko and we will be looking to regain the lead in Spain."

Mikko Hirvonen [BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT]:

"It was a tough weekend, but one hell of a fight for victory. I drove flat out from start to finish and the key factor in the final result was when I had to run first in the start order today. I felt trapped by that and if Loeb had been in that position rather than me, then the outcome could have been different. In the damp sections I matched his pace, but in the dry I couldn't hold him. I wanted to outscore him here but the championship is still wide open with just two rounds remaining in Spain and Britain. Before going to Spain I will take some training on asphalt and then test out there to be properly prepared."

Daniel Sordo [Citroen Total WRT]:

"Mikko was quite simply faster than me today. That said, I am absolutely thrilled to have finished on the podium here in Australia. I was in the thick of the scrap for first place from the beginning of Day 1 all the way to the end, and the Manufacturers' points we've scored mean that Citroën could potentially wrap up the title in Spain."

Sebastien Ogier [Citroen Junior Team]:

"It was a very good weekend for us. Apart from a small mistake yesterday, we were able to fight with the best of them. The C4 WRC was extremely competitive on this event and the Citroën Junior Team did an excellent job. I'm delighted to be able to deliver the team a result like this."

Jari-Matti Latvala [BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT]:

"I made a fantastic start on Friday but the rally turned round on me on Saturday afternoon and today. Two mistakes that caused the tyre to come off the rim on each occasion cost me dearly, but who knows what may have happened without those errors? It didn't work out in the end and I'm disappointed, but also happy that my speed was good enough to lead for half the rally. It was more difficult to drive first through the stages then I thought it would be. There seemed to be more loose gravel than I remembered from the recce."

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

"We've had a positive rally but it was a bit of a shame that Henning had some problems this morning as it would have been great to continue the battle right to the end of the rally. It was a real mix of stages on this new event, with some really fast and others slow and twisty, and together with the short stages it meant that concentration was tough. I'm pleased to have got to the end of this new event and there were difficult conditions but great experience for us on the slippery, loose gravel roads on Friday."

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

"I think we have made the most of a difficult weekend and come away with more points for the Stobart team and a stronger position in the drivers' championship. It's been a hard rally, especially on the first pass when there was lots of gravel, and unfortunately we got caught out by the slippery conditions on the second day. But we battled on and still managed to set some good times even though we spent most of the event working on improving the set-up."

Federico Villagra [Munch's Ford WRT]:

"We have had a good weekend and it has been a great rally, but it has also been very difficult. The first pass was very slippery and it was difficult to find traction; but when we made some changes to the diff map we found some really positive improvements to the grip. It's really been a problem-free run for us and it has enabled me to concentrate on finding the areas where I can be faster. We tried to push a bit more on the second pass and that worked well and when we did push more our times were actually quite good; we were even able to compare some stages closely to Matthew and Henning."

Hayden Paddon [Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX]: [Group N winner]

"It's been an amazing weekend and it is great to win Group N. The team has done good. It would be great now if we can do well next year. We have seven or eight months to prepare for next year."

Martin Prokop [Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX]: [P-WRC winner]

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