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Wales Rally GB - Pre-event press conference

Petter, you and Wales, we talked about this before, the history, it's always a special event for you, are you feeling that special feeling this weekend? Could it result in the win for you?

Petter Solberg:
Yes it's brought good memories for many years and I feel very confident. I've only been in the car for a few months and I did a very good test last week and the feeling is that Sebastien has trouble here! So I think the small detail now, me and Jari-Matti [Latvala] together, we can win again.

Q:
Did you find something when you were testing, or did you change something that's making you feel so good?

Petter Solberg:
The car has been working very well the whole year but, compared to Loeb who has been sitting in his car for twelve years, it's not the same feeling I have after a few months, and it seems he always manages to find something which we didn't. But now it seems like we are much more together.

Q:
Let's talk about the event now, because it is September, autumn time in Wales, maybe a little bit dryer than we see in December. What did you think of the condition of the stages on the recce?

Petter Solberg:
I thought this would be much harder because we did the rally before where there has been a lot of rain and the stages have been quite soft, especially Myherin, but it's fantastic roads here, really nice, but I think the tyre situation is hard because it can be quite special but we will see, Loeb is choosing first!

Q:
But you'll be choosing second, what is the plan for road position from you?

Petter Solberg:
I think it should be quite simple, but you never know as we have seen some strange things over the years! You should never say never.

Q:
You talked about wanting to get the win, we know the team are desperate for you or Jari-Matti to be on the top step of the podium. What's the feeling over at Ford? Is their pressure on your shoulders to go out there and try to achieve the win or is it quite calm?

Petter Solberg:
There is always pressure, you have to have that pressure. If you don't have that feeling to win there is no point in the drive. I think everyone is feeling the pressure, the whole team. We have to improve. Hopefully now for this rally we have done it, I'm not saying we are desperate but we really, really want it.

Q:
We have seen a little bit of that Petter spark come back. You said you are feeling confident, should the guys out there be worried?

Petter Solberg:
I feel great and you know it's all the small details all the time to just find that click between me and the car. It seems like I have just found that click and that feeling is incredible.

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Petter Solberg (NOR), Ford Fiesta WRC, Ford World Rally Team

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