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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.


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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.
Sebastien Ogier collects his WRC champion`s trophy at the FIA Prizegiving in Doha
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Jari Ketomaa (FIN) Kaj Lindstrom (FIN), Ford Fiesta R5, WRC2 winners
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Jari Ketomaa (FIN) Kaj Lindstrom (FIN), Ford Fiesta R5, WRC2 winners
Nasser Al Attiyah, Giovanni Bernacchini (Ford Fiesta RRC, #40), WRC 2 World Champions
Jari Ketomaa (FIN) Kaj Lindstrom (FIN), Ford Fiesta R5, WRC2 winners
Jari Ketomaa (FIN) Kaj Lindstrom (FIN), Ford Fiesta R5, WRC2 winners
Nasser Al Attiyah, Giovanni Bernacchini (Ford Fiesta RRC, #40), WRC 2 World Champions
Nasser Al Attiyah, Giovanni Bernacchini (Ford Fiesta RRC, #40)
Nasser Al Attiyah, Giovanni Bernacchini (Ford Fiesta RRC, #40), WRC 2 World Champions

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