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JWRC: Q&A: Glenn Patterson - EXCLUSIVE.

by Rob Wilkins


Kris Meeke and co-driver, Glenn Patterson looked well placed to take the Junior WRC win - and the title on the Wales Rally GB at the end of leg one on Friday last week. Saturday however, didn't go to plan and after they hit a rock and damaged the driveshaft on the Citroen C2 S1600 on the first run through the 13.76 kilometre Epynt 1 stage [SS8], their event ended prematurely.

Crash.net Radio caught up with Glenn on the final day to discuss what happened - and to talk about the year as a whole...



Q:
Glenn, obviously Rally GB didn't go the way either you or Kris would have hoped...

Glenn Patterson:
Everything was looking good after Friday and even on Saturday morning too. We came out of the first stage on Saturday and it was fine – perfect stage and we were fastest and we were still very careful. Then on the next stage it all went wrong. We just slid wide on a series of slow corners and hit a large rock which took the wheel off - and that was it really.

Q:
Obviously, there was no chance to SupeRally because of that. But looking at the year as a whole, you have both got to be happy with the speed shown if not the results come the Sunday.

GP:
Yeah, the speed we had all year was very impressive. We were fastest on most of the stages that we competed on and I think we have been leading every rally we have contested as well. So from that point of view, as you say, it has been a pretty good performance.

Q:
Were you both pleased with the Citroen C2 S1600 and its speed and potential?

GP:
Definitely, I think on tarmac events it has been very dominant - and also on the gravel events too. It is easy to see from our times that the car is very impressive and we have managed to always get a good feel with it. We have to be happy with it.

Q:
The other positive thing about this season was of course, that Kris managed to take his second Junior WRC win, when he triumphed in Germany. That must have been pleasing?

GP:
Germany was a fantastic event. We had some problems early on in the rally and we came back and set quite a few good times. We really dominated that event too - and it was my maiden JWRC win as well, so a fairly important one for me.

Q:
That must be the highlight of your season, especially as you said, because you had to fight back to take it?

GP:
We will look back on it with fondness but we also have to look to the future as well and try and keep things moving ahead.

Q:
Any idea of what is happening on the 2007 front?

GP:
No.

Q:
Any hints? Is the JWRC still a possibility? What about stepping up to the 'senior' level in the WRC and of course, the IRC?

GP:
Nothing has been decided yet.

Q:
Obviously Kris has been in the JWRC a few years now, like fellow Brit Guy Wilks. In terms of graduating does it all just come down to money and a lack of seats available?

GP:


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