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Pre-event press conference - Rally GB

I have made good progress, with some definite high points and some low points throughout the year but I have made some good steps and hopefully we can finish off the year well here and have a good result on our home event, so that's part of the plan.

Q:
What about the 2010 season, will we see you return to the WRC and if so what is the objective?

MW:
We are working on it at the minute, although nothing is confirmed yet but we hope to be back in a WRC car with some Stobart backing and carrying on like we have been for the last couple of years. We will keep on improving and having upped the pace this year and found some more speed we want to do the same next year and string some real results together.

Questions from the Floor:

Gareth Rhys-Owen, BBC Wales

Q:
Wales as a venue for the rally is under threat. What do the drivers make of Wales, the route, and of Cardiff itself? Would you like to see the rally stay in Wales in the future?

SL:
For me it has always been a nice rally. The stages are very interesting and very special compared to other events. For me I am happy to come here. I always like this rally and if it moves, I don't know where to, I will go where it goes – that's not my decision.

MH:
The rally has a long tradition in Cardiff and for as long as I have been in the WRC it has always been based here. For sure it would be good to see some new stages in other places but then again saying that it has always been good here – I have nothing bad to say about it.

MW:
I think Wales has done a good job but I think in some ways it would be nice to see stages in another part of the country. I think Kielder or somewhere like that, there is fantastic scope. There are so many roads and such an amount of mileage you could have. But I definitely can't fault what this rally's done – it's always been a good event and hopefully it will be another good event this year. But I think it wouldn't do any harm to try somewhere new.

PS:
It's been good for many years. The service area is very difficult for the fans this year which is the only minus. I think it should have been more together in one place, to get the atmosphere going. But the rally stages themselves are very good.




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