Drivers / co-drivers: S?bastien Loeb and Daniel Elena (Citro?n Total WRT), Petter Solberg and Chris Patterson (PSWRT) and Dani Sordo and Diego Vallejo (Citro?n Total WRT).

Team manager: Sven Smeets (Citro?n Total WRT).

Press conference.

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Q:
S?bastien, 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?

S?bastien 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:
I don't want to talk about it. It happened and that's it. I lost 20 seconds, that's a long time. It can happen. I won the stage after and it went very well. It's so small details that have to come together. It was a small mistake.

Q:
Were there any concerns about Sordo today - he took almost seven seconds out of you this morning?

PS:
It's been really good fun, Sordo is a proper sportsman. It's been great fun and I'm very happy to beat him in his home rally. It's almost like a victory; we have one more man to beat. I want to fight, that's why we're here. It's been good fun. It's close, but I felt I had good control.

Q:
How confident were you. Did you think: he can't get me?

PS:
I don't want to bull***t. He took some time, but I had good control. I was trying to control the tyres. I had the most to lose, he had nothing to lose. I just waited for the split, it was zero, zero and then I lost two [splits] and I didn't get one for ages. Then it was 'plus five', and so I had to push again and got it down to 4.9s at the finish. It's been exciting and a proper fight.

Q:
And a great result for the whole team?

PS:
Now it can be very interesting for the last rally. There's me, Sordo and Latvala and Ogier who should be a bit careful because you can lose the second place in the Championship.

Q:
And what about Loeb?

PS:
No we don't count him now. He does his own thing. It will be a big fight.

Q:
How was he in the car, Chris. Was it all cool in there?

Chris Patterson:
It really was. We left service eating peanuts. There was no pressure, we did our own thing. We pushed hard in the stages, but we were relaxed, we had a chat with the boys and a bit of banter.

Q:
Dani, all eyes were on you this weekend and the opening day did not go at all to plan - why were you not on the pace on Friday? Were there any issues?

Dani Sordo:
The first day was a little bit difficult. Everybody went flat and my plan doesn't work. Okay, the first day was really hard, but after we did well in tarmac and finally we were third after a really nice battle with Petter. It was nice for the spectators and nice for me, but I wanted more.

Q:
How was the car?

DS:
The car feeling was, at the back, it was moving a lot. I don't know if we have some problems. The steering moved a lot, I don't know if there was a problem.

Q:
You were really pushing to catch Petter this afternoon, how many risks were you taking to achieve the fastest time on stage 15?

DS:
I take a lot of risk, but on the long stage there's not a lot of difference. He doesn't have an official car, but he has a really good car and he is really, really fast - all the time he is still fast and still young.

Q:
And what about Rally GB? Can you fight to win there?

DS:
I don't know, now honestly I don't know. I lost a bit of the confidence. It will be interesting for everybody, it's open for everybody. Everything is decided, second place in the Championship is open, I like the stages - we will try to enjoy.

Q:
Diego. How frustrating was it on Friday?

Diego Vallejo:
Yes, really it was. We expected to be in front and finally it didn't happen. We tried to enjoy the first day and to pass through the day. The second day and third day was very nice. We had a very nice battle with Petter.

Q:
It must be special to be on the podium at home?

DV:
Yes, my family, my friends are here, so for me it's very special. I repeat the last two months, three months have been happy for me and I believe that we can win GB, so I have to be confident.

DS:
He has the confidence... maybe he can take the car!

DV:
We do like to win, very much!

Q:
Sven, with S?bastien's win here the C4 has never been beaten on tarmac! A great statistic!

Sven Smeets:
I think we have to be very, very happy, we have one and three and also second thanks to Petter - the triple again. We have both cars on the podium and we were surprised to see S?bastien lead on Friday. Everybody had said he had no chance, but he impressed us again. Very happy the car is unbeaten on asphalt.

Q:
The final event in GB will be an emotional send off?

SS:
Of course, it's the last rally of the year and the last rally for the car. We have six people who can take it [second place] and I'm sure Mikko [Hirvonen] and Jari-Matti [Latvala] will not want to go away without a win.