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Pre-event press conference - Rally GB

That's the only way it can be now. It is the last rally of the Championship with only one point between us so there is nothing else to do!

Q:
Every driver wants to be a World Champion, have you allowed yourself to visualise that or are you just trying to focus on the job in hand?

MH:
For sure it has been on my mind but then again when people say the first world title will change your life I say well I haven't won it yet. There are still three days to go and then we will know better.

Q:
You are first on the road as you lead the Championship, and the weather seems to be working in your favour. Have you done a rain dance before this event?

MH:
It is easier than if it was fully dry. But then again it wouldn't be Rally GB if we didn't have muddy and slippy conditions. It has been so dry for so long here, that now we have rain it's really hard. I think it's not going to be as muddy and slippy than it normally has been. We will see tomorrow how it is.

Q:
Matthew, Rally GB marks your home event so you are probably more at ease with these weather conditions. How tricky will it be out there this weekend after the rain we have had and the rain we expect to fall during the event?

Matthew Wilson:
Rain is normal for Wales though, and coming from Cumbria I'm used to it!

Q:
You were fifth in Cyprus, Argentina and Poland - your best results this season. Can you take away a top five position here in Wales and is that the aim?

MW:
Like Petter said we will have to be awake in the morning because there will obviously be three guys here going flat out, but also you've got Dani (Sordo) and Jari-Matti (Latvala) who have nothing to lose so they can go flat out too. There will be a lot of people pretty much on the limit so it's going to be an interesting morning tomorrow.

Q:
The rally ventures up to Mid-Wales again this year and the classic stages of Hafren, Myherin and Sweet Lamb. What makes these stages worth the journey?

MW:
Like Petter said, the surface up in the north is a lot harder and today it was really muddy on shakedown. I don't think we will see it as bad on the actual rally so long as it doesn't rain too hard tomorrow. Hopefully it should be good conditions.

Q:
What are your thoughts on your performance across the season?

MW:



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