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Q&A: Toni Gardemeister - EXCLUSIVE.

Generally speaking, it looks like it will be another battle between Sebastien Loeb and Marcus Gronholm this year for the drivers' title. Who do you think will take it?

TG:
It is very early at this point, everything could change. But it looks, if Loeb can get a lot of points in the early part of the year, on the gravel events, the chances are slightly better for him. There are a lot of tarmac events in the second half of the season and he excels on asphalt. I don't count Marcus out though. He is quick - and also Mikko [Hirvonen] could be close as well [and could take points from Loeb].

Q:
Have you been surprised by the new Citroen C4 WRC and how good it has been straight out of the box?

TG:
Not really, because they have been - or what I have heard, have been testing with it a long time before the season. I am not so surprised the car is quick. They had a good car last year and a good car to make a comparison with. It is not a surprise that Citroen are so quick.

Q:
Can your 'old' team, Ford, win the manufacturers' again?

TG:
For the manufacturers' championship I think Ford has a good chance. Both drivers' - Marcus and Mikko are strong in all the events. At the moment, it looks as if on gravel, Dani [Sordo] is not on Mikko's speed and he needs to be in front of the other Ford if they, Citroen want to get more points. Having said though that at the end of the year there are four tarmac events and for sure Dani will be good there. It is difficult to say, like with the drivers'. But for sure, for the manufacturers' I think Ford could have quite a good chance.


Related Pictures

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Toni Gardemeister (fin) MMSP Ltd mitsubischi wrc. Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo, 18-20 January 2007
Toni Gardemeister (FIN) / Jakke Honkanen (FIN), MMSP Ltd Mitsubishi Lancer WR05. Rally de Portugal, 29th March - 1st April 2007.
Toni Gardemeister (FIN) / Jakke Honkanen (FIN), Helmets, MMSP Ltd Mitsubishi Lancer WR05. Rally Norway, 15-18th February 2007.
Pierre Louis Loubet (FRA) - Vincent Landais (FRA) Citroen DS3 R5
Pierre Louis Loubet (FRA) - Vincent Landais (FRA) Citroen DS3 R5
Karl Kruuda (EST) - Martin Jarveoja (EST) Ford Fiesta R5, Drive Dmack Trophy Team
Scott Pedder (AUS) Dale Moscatt (AUS), Skoda Fabia R5
Scott Pedder (AUS) Dale Moscatt (AUS), Skoda Fabia R5
Scott Pedder (AUS) Dale Moscatt (AUS), Skoda Fabia R5
Essapeka Lappi (FIN) Janne Ferm (FIN), Skoda Fabia R5 WRC2, Skoda Motorsport
Quentin Gilbert  (FRA) - Renaud Jamoul (BEL) Citroen DS3 R5
Lorenzo Bertelli (ITA)-Simone Scattolin (ITA) Ford Fiesta RS WRC, FWRT
Lorenzo Bertelli (ITA)-Simone Scattolin (ITA) Ford Fiesta RS WRC, FWRT
Teemu Suninen (FIN) - Mikko Markkula (FIN) Skoda Fabia R5, Team Oreca
HUBERT PTASZEK (POL) - MACIEK SZCZEPANIAK (POL) SKODA FABIA R5, THE PTOCK
Nicolás Fuchs (PER) - Fernando Mussano (ARG) Skoda Fabia R5
Nicolás Fuchs (PER) - Fernando Mussano (ARG) Skoda Fabia R5
Podium, winners Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) Anders Jaeger (NOR), VW Polo WRC, Volswagen Motosport, 2nd place, Ott Tanak (EST) Raigo Molder (EST), Ford Fiesta WRC, Dmack WRT and 3th Hayden Paddon (NZL) John Kennard (NZ), Hyundai i20 WRC, Hyundai Motorsport

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