Drivers / co-drivers: Sebastien Loeb
and Daniel Elena (Citroen Total WRT), Dani Sordo and Marc Marti (Citroen Total WRT) and Petter Solberg
and Chris Patterson (Petter Solberg WRT).
Olivier Quesnel (Citroen Total WRT).
Sebastien, it's the first tarmac event of the season and you have led from the first stage, a great start to the second half of the season! Was it a good rally for you?
Yes, it was a perfect rally for me. We made a great start on the first day. The second day got trickier. We made the right tyre choice in the morning, but maybe not the best one in the afternoon. Today was okay for us and we had no problems.
Tell me about yesterday morning. It was quite damp and dark. What did you think of the opening stages?
The conditions were really difficult. The road was wet and damp. It was bumpy, but after all I was feeling okay with the car and there were no problems.
You made quite a comfortable lead the first day. How much were you on the maximum yesterday or did you not need to push so much?
I drove really well the first day. I didn't change my driving the second time. Maybe I was a little bit more cautious. Then today I took it a bit easier.
Was it 'Sunday driving' today then?
No, the first stage this morning was even quite difficult for me. It was a bit harder to find the right rhythm. I was not so pleased with my notes this morning but then after that first stage I found my rhythm and drove well.
Daniel, let's turn to you. It's the first time the WRC event has ventured to Bulgaria. What did you think of the event as a whole?
I think it was great. The stages were really nice but also quite different. Of course, it was also not so easy to drive when it is not dry. But I enjoyed the car and Sébastien did too. So the car and also the organisation were okay.
Sebastien said it was really dark at the opening stage yesterday morning, and hard for you to read your notes.