Rally Bulgaria - Pre-event press conference

You have prepared for this event by competing at a tarmac event in Italy – how did you enjoy the experience, and has it given you more confidence for Bulgaria?

It helped. It was the first time I competed with the car on tarmac. With the shakedown the previous day and the rally we have some experience. We tried two types of different tyres, there were some tricky conditions and it definitely helped. The test wasn't on roads like this but at least we tried many things and I think we improved the car a bit. Like I said, I think we have more or less done what we wanted so we just have to see how well we will do.

Now that we are half-way through the season are you any closer to deciding on your future within rallying?

For sure I'll let everybody know, when I make the decision. There are always options to do many things. I have to take the right one for myself.

When would we expect this decision?

When I know it…

What do you think of the stages here in Bulgaria?

I think they are quite nice. Some areas are pretty bumpy and have a bit of sand but I think they are probably better than many people expected. There are quite long and interesting stages and I was quite impressed.

Question from the floor.:

Q: Martin Holmes, Martin Holmes Rallying, UK.
In 12 days time the FIA will tell us how they will operate the tyre supply for next year. Is Citroën happy to see the end of the single supplier contract we have had for three years?

No, we are really frustrated because we understood for the next three years it should be a single manufacturer. We totally agree with that. It was confirmed in Portugal. And we heard now, one month later, it's open. And next year is in five months and we are making new cars. That means we have to work a lot, to spend a lot of money, but now it is done and as the door is open I don't know how we could go back. We are waiting to know how Pirelli and Michelin are. However we do regret not to have a single supplier.

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN), Citroen C4 WRC, Citroen Junior Team
Per-Gunnar Andersson (SUE),  Ford Focus RS WRC 08, Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally Team
Olivier Quesnel (FRA), Citroen team boss
Petter Solberg (NOR) Chris Patterson (GBR), Citroen C4 WRC, Petter Solberg Rallying
Petter Solberg (NOR) Chris Patterson (GBR), Citroen C4 WRC, Petter Solberg Rallying

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.

© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.