PWRC: Rally GB - Post-event press conference

Rally of Great Britain PWRC post-event press conference with Eyvind Brynildsen and Denis Giraudet.
Driver / co-driver: Eyvind Brynildsen and Denis Giraudet (Skoda Fabia S2000).

Press conference.

Eyvind, your first win in PWRC in what has been a dominant performance this weekend. How do you feel?

Eyvind Brynildsen:
It's really, really good. The first loop on Friday we went out for a big push and we hardly drove the car before, we just did a small rally in Cumbria and we thought “it's now or never” and we pushed from the first stage. We were leading into the first service and we led through the first day and at the end of the first day we had a good lead. On Saturday morning we started with a good push and after that we thought with this car we always need to push as it is quite hard to drive slow. It was good, I am really satisfied.

Things got tough mid year, did this make up for it?

The last two rallies, Spain and here, have been really, really good and we had such bad luck and silly mistakes and we broke a lot of gearboxes and had technical problems so it's been really, really good that in a proper car we can be really, really hot.

So you like the Skoda Fabia then?

I like the Skoda Fabia very much.

At one of the stage starts Denis, Eyvind said he was “driving like a chicken”, I'm sure he was not during the weekend. What do you think of his performance?

Denis Giraudet:
It was the end of stage three and the few seconds we had alone between the stage and the stop he was completely “Ah I was driving like a chicken or my Grandmother”, I don't know which it was. I told him I was not kidding I was sweating a lot even though it was in the S2000 and then at the end we were fifteen seconds faster than the other guy so it was OK.

You have had an illustrious career in this sport and have sat with many great drivers. How does Eyvind compare and what do you think about the future for Eyvind?

It is difficult to compare as he is at the stage of his career where I have not been before with a younger driver. He is already very good. When he's driving and in normal life you don't feel like you are with a 20 year old young lad, so I think he has still to improve but he has a bright future.

It has been a great weekend; let's talk a little more in-depth about the stages and tricky conditions here in Wales. We had some rain over the weekend, how did you find it?

Actually I like tricky conditions, it's the first time I'm driving through the stages flat out, because last year was my first time and I broke the engine on Friday. (Patrik) Sandell has been here five times or something and he became the World Champion here in the Juniors, its not so easy all the time to trust that your pace notes are perfect and all the tricky things that happened here in GB with all the mud and everything all the sudden show up in a corner. I really like the rally and I think bad conditions suit me well, a nice and tidy driving style without too much sideways.

What about 2010? Where are we going to see you? It's early at the moment, so not a lot of things are signed and sealed for next year, but where would you want to be?


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Eyvind Brynildsen (N) Mathieu Giraudet (F) Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX

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