Rally Bulgaria - Post-event press conference

Yes, it was not easy because it was very cloudy and dark. The road was bumpy and it was hard to read. In the second part I switched on the light just for security.

Dani, second position overall and another good result for you. A little bit of pressure from Petter this weekend. Sébastien might not have been in the battle, but you certainly were.

Dani Sordo:
Yes, in the first day Sébastien pushed really, really hard and it was hard to take some seconds off him. But Petter was going really fast. It was difficult at the end of the rally but I'm still second so I'm really happy. But we need to be careful with him in the next rally on tarmac.

We haven't been on tarmac for such a long period in the WRC – Spain last year. Did you feel a bit rusty on the stages? It didn't show from the stage times.

No, the stages are really nice, not different than the other rallies on tarmac. But it was sometimes difficult.

Tell me about the tyre choices yesterday, because you lost some time. You had softer on the front and hard on the back or the other way round, I don't remember?

We tried something different to see what happens, because the two first stages were completely dry. The information in the team said two stages dry and one stage with water. So I put two hard tyres on the front and two soft tyres on the back and two spare tyres. The car was really heavy and I lost a little bit of time. But at the end it was well done.

Marc, let's talk about the four stages from today. Petter wasn't too far behind and putting some pressure on you. What was the plan from you and Dani this morning – was it for you to go out there and whatever you did hold on to second position or you weren't taking too many risks out there?

Marc Marti:
No, we didn't want to take too many risks because for Citroën it was first and second position. Petter isn't taking points for manufacturers. But even like this we were confident. And it was quite good to make us confident for today but okay, you never know. Petter was driving very fast in the first and second stages and I think it was good for the press and for the spectators.

What is your opinion of the rally? We've seen a lot of spectators at the finish, and obviously a lot of spectators up on the stages this weekend. Do you think it has been a good event here in Bulgaria?

Yeah, I think the rally was well organised. They need a bit more experience to close the stages at the beginning or at the end for more kilometres, because people would then come more in the middle (of the stage) not only on the start or the end which is really a problem. But apart from these things I think the rally was well organised, the stages were really nice, and quite difficult – that means a good challenge for the drivers. And we are quite happy for the rally. It was very good.


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Petter Solberg (NOR) Chris Patterson (GBR), Citroen C4 WRC, Petter Solberg Rallying
Dani Sordo (ESP), Citroen C4 Citroën Total World Rally Team
Podium Rally Bulgaria

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