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New Zealand - Pre-event press conference

Drivers: Sébastien Loeb (Citroen Total World Rally Team), Petter Solberg (Petter Solberg World Rally Team), Jari-Matti Latvala (BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team),
Sébastien Ogier (Citroen Junior Team)
Press conference

Q:
Rally New Zealand returns to the city of Auckland, which means we can now utilise the roads to the north as well as the south. What do you think of the new route?


For sure, for us, they are like new stages, a few are the same but you know the rest are like new and the stages are really nice. The stages will be really different to drive.

Q:
This event has always delivered exciting rally action with the most memorable battle between you and Marcus Grönholm resulting in the smallest-ever winning margin. Why do you think this event consistently delivers exciting action?

SL:
It is difficult to say. It is difficult to make a big (time) difference on these roads – all the drivers like these roads and so everybody is going very fast. I will be happy if I can finish close in this rally from the lead, because it is gravel the first day and so maybe difficult.

Q:
At the start of the week you and the rest of the team took to the waters in Auckland harbour in an America's Cup boat where you performed all sorts of tasks and competed against Ford. What was the experience like?

SL:
It was good for Ford, but I hope Citroen will win the rally! It was my first experience on a sailing boat and it was interesting to see how everything was working and all the work you have to do on the boat to make it fast, so it was an interesting day.

Q:
Petter, you lie second in the Championship after four events. For a privateer team with a very small amount of people making it all happen, you are giving the manufacturer crews a real run for their money!

PS:
Well I can only do whatever I can. It's been working very well with some good fights. It's been good to go fast and match the stage times with the other guys. The car is working very well and all the things are going almost like planned really. Sébastien has a big points' lead and whether we can do something with that, we will see.

Q:
You tested at the start of the week, something the manufacturers are not allowed to do outside of Europe – how did it go and do you feel it gives you an advantage?

PS:


Tagged as: Ford , Latvala , Citroën , Ogier

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Sebastien Loeb (FRA), Citroën C4, Citroën Total World Rally Team
Podio, Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #1, Volkswagen Motorsport), winners, 2n place Andreas Mikkelsen ,Ola Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC, #9 Volkswagen Motorsport II), 3th place Ott Tanak (EST) Kuldar (EST), Ford Fiesta R5, M-Sport World Rally Team
Podio, Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #1, Volkswagen Motorsport), winners
Podio, Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #1, Volkswagen Motorsport), winners
Podio, Ott Tanak (EST) Kuldar (EST), Ford Fiesta R5, M-Sport World Rally Team, 3th place
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Simone Tempestini, Citroen DS3 R3
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Lorenzo Bertelli,  Lorenzo Granai  (Ford Fiesta WRC, #37)
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Karl Kruuda (EST) Martin Jarveoja (EST), Citroen Ds3 R5
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Robert Kubica,  Maciej Szczepaniak (Ford Fiesta RS WRC, #10 RK M-Sport World Rally Team)
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Ott Tanak (EST) Kuldar (EST), Ford Fiesta R5, M-Sport World Rally Team
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