Drivers / co-drivers:
Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena (Citroën Total WRT), Dani Sordo and Diego Vallejo (Citroën Total WRT) and Petter Solberg
and Chris Patterson (PSWRT).
Olivier Quesnel (Citroën Total WRT)
Sébastien, it's every drivers dream to win a Championship; you take your seventh title and win number 60 on home soil. The final stage running through your home town with thousands of people out to cheer you on, that must be a dream come true!
Yes for sure it is an incredible feeling, and especially to win. When I arrived here, I knew that there was a possibility to win the rally, to win the Championship, and all that in my home town. So it was a great challenge, and also a big pressure, because I knew that everybody was waiting for this here, in the region. There was a lot of support from a lot of people. The feeling was really great. It was incredible. I was expecting this rally to be popular, but I was very surprised to see so many people for the rally, I could not expect that there would be so many people, everywhere: on stages, on the road sections, waving in front of their house, in the service park, everywhere. And all that in a very nice atmosphere. I was really happy to see this.
Tell us about this final stage. Were there tears in your eyes when you got to the end?
A little bit yes, especially when I saw my friends waiting for me after the checkpoint. It was incredible. I was not able to drive fast in that stage. I tried, at the start, and then I said okay, just drive through. For sure, it was a great moment. Also in the morning, when I passed in my village, Oberhoffen (sur Moder), on the road section, all the villagers were waiting for me, it was incredible.
What has been like competing here this weekend with all of the attention you have been receiving from the media and from the fans? Has all the media attention been exhausting this week?
I am not used to getting as much attention as I had here. Because there are so many people supporting me here. I was very busy, but I tried to make it right and to stay focused on my rally. It has been great.
Citroën also seal their sixth manufacturers crown here at home, a double celebration!
It has been a perfect event, like in Corsica in 2004, when we won both Championships at the same time. Here, it is even more special because it is really at home for me. I am really happy for the team because they did a great job all season, the car is really strong, and the difference we have to make is with the driving. It is very difficult and it is a big challenge, with Petter (Solberg), Dani (Sordo) and Sebastien (Ogier). It was not an easy season and I am happy to finish like this.
Are you ready to fight for title number eight next year, or will you take all this in first?
I just try to enjoy what happens at the moment, and I really enjoy it.
Daniel, congratulations on title number seven! How has the weekend been for you?
For me it was a special weekend because it was very difficult to co-drive Sébastien. The road conditions were very bad in the second pass, really difficult for all the co-drivers, with lots of corrections on the pace notes, it was not easy. Now the race is finished, Sébastien and me, we are World Champions and it is perfect.
What has the atmosphere been like in the car this weekend; have there been any nerves going into those four final stages?
There was a normal atmosphere in the car, a lot of concentration because I did not want to make a mistake today. It was normal inside the car, and outside of the car it was not normal!
Dani, congratulations on second position overall, how tough has it been out there this weekend?