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Rally de Espana - Post-event press conference

Rally de Espana post-event press conference with Sébastien Loeb, Petter Solberg, Dani Sordo and Sven Smeets.
Drivers / co-drivers: Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena (Citroën Total WRT), Petter Solberg and Chris Patterson (PSWRT) and Dani Sordo and Diego Vallejo (Citroën Total WRT).

Team manager: Sven Smeets (Citroën Total WRT).


Press conference.



Q:
Sébastien, win number 61! You led from the start and after a close battle with Ogier on the opening day you had no real challenge for the lead. Despite a lack of battle have you enjoyed it here in Spain?

Sébastien Loeb:
It's always enjoyable to win, so yes, it was good. It has been nearly my first rally at the end of the season without any pressure. I knew the first day would be difficult with the road cleaning. I tried really hard from the start and made good times on the gravel. We didn't lose the time we thought we might. Then we came to the tarmac leading the rally and made no mistakes.

Q:
It must have been nice to drive for the win with no pressure.

SL:
I was really motivated when I arrived, I know I can try and I know if I make a mistake, it's not that bad. It's really fun to drive like that and the stages were good. I would say it was nice to drive one day on gravel and two on tarmac, maybe not everybody agrees…

Q:
The organisers have changed things around this year by introducing a day of gravel; do you think that's been a successful change?

SL:
I would like to see some tarmac days on the gravel rallies – it would be good!

Q:
Rally GB will be the last event for the C4, how much does it mean to win that event?

SL:
Like always, like here in Catalunya, it's a rally I won a lot of times, I was feeling quite confident. In Rally GB it will be more difficult, but for sure we will try. Here was the last tarmac rally with the C4 and I won all the tarmac rallies with the C4 – it was important to do it.

Q:
Daniel, a good event?

Daniel Elena:
Yes, it's nice, especially the first day on gravel. When we start the race without pressure it's more easy; the Drivers' and Manufacturers' are okay and you know if you crash the car, you are not too disappointed: you go straight to the disco!

Q:
There was a huge media interest in France last time and quite a lot here too…

DE:
This is better and better for the media, it's interesting. In France there were an unbelievable number of people. In GB I hope for the last time with the two-litre cars before next year, it's him [Loeb] again.

Q:
Petter, the rally didn't get off to the best of starts on the opening stage but you have come through to seal second position after a great battle with Sordo – a tough weekend out there?

Petter Solberg:



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Podium, Sebastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroën C4, Citroën Total World Rally Team
Podium, Sebastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroën C4, Citroën Total World Rally Team
Podium, Sebastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroën C4, Citroën Total World Rally Team
Sebastien Loeb (FRA), Citroën C4, Citroën Total World Rally Team
Sebastien Loeb (FRA), Citroën C4, Citroën Total World Rally Team

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