13 September 2012
Wales Rally GB - Pre-event press conference
Wales Rally GB pre-event press conference with Matthew Wilson, Petter Solberg, Mads Ostberg and Yves Matton
Drivers: Matthew Wilson (M-Sport Ford WRT), Petter Solberg (Ford WRT) and Mads Ostberg (Adapta WRT).
Team principal: Yves Matton (Citroen Total WRT).
Matthew, fantastic to see you back. How are you feeling about being back in Cardiff, back in the WRC?
I'm excited, it's been a long time and it's been frustrating at times but we're back, we're here, and we'll just have to give it our best shot and I think all I have to do is try and enjoy driving it. I'm generally just enjoying the driving, it's good fun and the times will be there.
You say frustrating times, you've been at events when the drivers have been competing, that must be really difficult for you?
It wasn't so bad when I was in Portugal at the time still with injuries and I knew I couldn't drive, but once I was back to full fitness and ready to go, being at the event and not being able to drive was difficult.
It's new sponsorship from your homeland in Cumbria which has enabled you to come back, and we've seen on the back of the car 'Proud to be Cumbrian', tell us about that.
I think it's a really good achievement to have what we've done, both me and Scott are from Cumbria, the car is built in Cumbria and all the backing for this rally is from Cumbria, so we're proud that we've managed to pull it together and be at the event and are here to do it properly.
In terms of getting back into the car and getting a feel for the car again, were you a little rusty when you started testing or were you okay?
You could say that! We did two days, a day up in Cumbria where we had full dry, nice conditions that you always expect in Cumbria, and then we did down here on Monday and it was basically like Rally GB in November, so I think we've got a good feeling for both conditions. The first hour or so of testing on Tuesday gave me a chance to get the feeling again, just to get used to the speed again. But once I got back it was fine and hopefully with Monday as well, and Sweet Lamb which I did know very well, we've made proper pace notes again and it all seemed to work out well.
So what's going to be the strategy from you this weekend?
I think there's no real pressure. At the moment this is our only event for the rest of the year and I think we have to just go and enjoy it and do the best that we can. Just enjoy the driving and enjoy these fantastic stages. We'll see what the result is at the end but I'm not looking for a position or have a certain goal, I just want to enjoy the driving and go from there.
Matthew, is this one event only, a guest starring role? We will see you on other rallies in the WRC this year?
At the minute this is the only planned event. We are obviously working very hard towards next year, trying to get something sorted for that. Also one event I would really like to try and do at the end of it is Spain, but again, it comes down to budget and getting the money together. That's one thing that is a little more realistic but we are working quite hard for next year to try and get something together to get back to race maybe a handful of rallies next year.
Tagged as: Ford , Wilson , press conference , Petter Solberg , Citroën , Wales , Rally GB , Cardiff , Matthew Wilson , Total , Ostberg , Mads Ostberg , Matton , Yves Matton , Ford WRT
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