Jordan Rally - Pre-event press conference

You were the victim of a series of punctures in Portugal that dashed your hopes of securing a top spot. Michelin introduces a new gravel tyre here, what can we hope to see from that?

Petter Solberg:
It's quite tough to have a chance to do anything and there is a difference in the tyres. We have to do the best we can. I had heard more about the tyre now and we should be ready to start the fight. The new tyre seems to be very good. I had a good fun rally in Portugal. I had to go flat out. I enjoyed it.

This will be your fourth event now in the Citroen DS3 – how are you finding it?

The car has been looking very good. I am very pleased with it. I enjoy it a lot. We haven't seen the proper results yet. That is the part of the game that matters. There is a long way to go. Just let's start and we will see.

Khalid, Jordan is currently the only Middle Eastern event on the Championship calendar. How important is it for you that the WRC is represented in the region?

Khalid Al Qassimi:
It's quite special. All the character of the stages here does not represent the character of the other stages in the Middle East. Previous years, when I started the regional championship between 2002 and 2005, there were a lot of desert stages here. Then we had a lot of sandy stages. Over here it is quite narrow and you need to be confident and balance the risk. Jordan has its own character and so have other countries in the region.

We will see the new Michelin tyre this weekend. What are your first thoughts?

The first drive was on the shakedown and it did not feel much different to the one we used in Portugal. On bad corners with very big rocks I thought we would damage the tyres, but it seems the tyres can take more punishment compared to last time in Portugal.

What have you been doing during the time waiting around?

Nothing special, just relaxing. Everyone has been working hard to get it all on the right track. This is part of the fun of rallying.

Related Pictures

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Khalid Al Qassimi (UAE), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, Team Abu Dhabi
Petter Solberg (NOR) Citroen DS3 WRC, Petter Solberg Rallying
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Ford Fiesta RS WRC, BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Sebastien Loeb (FRA), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total World Rally Team

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