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Jordan Rally - Post-event press conference

First stage this morning went very well from the start but then I did a mistake half-way through the stage and lost four and a half seconds to both guys. After that it was okay but one mistake is enough. I could have maybe gained two seconds if I look at the split (times). It's difficult as the tyres get warmer to push harder. If it was colder definitely it would have been a bigger difference between each car but that's the way it is... we are trying, it's good fun to be back again, it's nice. We are on the podium and me and my team are very proud and hopefully one day soon... we will see. We are trying and it's good fun to be here.

Q:
You have a limited testing programme, but despite that you were very much on the pace from the outset. It makes you wonder what would happen with a bit more testing...

Phil Mills:
We are very much a private team and everything is cut to the minimum - 40 minutes (test) before this event in the car. I'm sure it wasn't 40 minutes for other teams. That's how it is; you have to make the best of what we've got. More than the best of what we have. I would say this was the most technically demanding rally of the whole series for drivers and co-drivers. It is very difficult but one of the best challenges of the Championship and well done to everyone in Rally Jordan.

Q:
It's been an interesting day; firstly what happened to Sébastien Ogier this morning?

Olivier Quesnel:
I think it must be the 20th time I speak about that. He got an electrical problem and lost five minutes. That is what happened.

Q:
You now lead both the Drivers' and the Manufacturers' Championships after this event, so it's been a successful outing here in Jordan.

OQ:
It was a great success. The drivers did very well. The strategy was okay. I think Seb was driving really well. And Sébastien Ogier was really good too. For us it's really good because now we have three drivers with Sébastien Loeb, Sébastien Ogier and Dani Sordo. So it's ready for the Championship, this could be the year for us. I think Dani does not like too much Jordan Rally. We have to remember we got the title for the Manufacturer the last two years and Dani did well and I am confident and I'm sure if we get the title this year that Dani will be there. There are 13 events and he is fast on tarmac and gravel. I have no problem with him, everything is going well. I ask him to be at the end and get points for the Manufacturer and this is why he did not drive too fast.


Question from the floor.

Q: Hiba Sabbagh (Al-Rai Newspaper, Jordan).
This morning there was a special strategy for the Citroën team. How much did this help you to win?

SL:
It was not a special strategy for the Citroën team. It was a special strategy for both teams. I heard that Mikko is going to clean the road and that Ogier is coming for me. Okay they are both now our road cleaner and it is like that.




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Sebastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroën C4, Citroën Total World Rally Team
Sebastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroën C4, Citroën Total World Rally Team
Sebastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroën C4, Citroën Total World Rally Team

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