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Q&A: Phil Mills - EXCLUSIVE.

by Rob Wilkins


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Subaru's Petter Solberg and his co-driver, Phil Mills have both had to endure a pretty miserable season again this year. Crash.net Radio caught up with Phil at the recent Rallyday event in the UK and spoke to the Welshman about the show at Castle Combe, how tough things have been in 2007, the future and lots, lots more...



Crash.net:
Phil, you are a regular at the Rallyday - are you enjoying this year's show?

Phil Mills:
Absolutely, it is just so nice to come here and see the enthusiasm and a lot of the older cars rather than the modern stuff. All the things that are here is the stuff that was impressionable on me when I was growing up and it got me into the sport in the first place. It is always a pleasure to come here and get involved with this type of thing.

Crash.net:
There is a good turn-out isn't there?

PM:
It is fantastic. I don't know how many people have come through the gates and obviously we have got this new event in Chatsworth now, which everybody thought would take the sting out of this event, but standing here now and looking down on the people walking around here, it is just incredible. I don't think it has made any difference at all.

Crash.net:
It's a shame isn't it that these two rally shows are happening on back-to-back weekends and aren't a bit more spaced out?

PM:
It is - and there is always a danger of having too many of these types of shows. This has always been successful and they have obviously tried to copy this and I am sure they will have a good day. But there is also a danger you can over do it, which is always a shame.

Crash.net:
This season has obviously been a difficult one for you and Petter. How are things looking ahead of the final five events?

PM:
It is the second season from hell as we call it - or the second non-competitive season. As ever we are changing the car constantly. The last test we did last weekend was very good and it feels very nice in testing. But when we get to the events it seems that Ford and Citroen have got the upper hand on us. There cars are a totally different concept car to our car, which is quite an old concept now and it is just starting to show its age a little bit really in comparison. Testing went really well last week and we are testing again this week and we will just have to see how it goes. I don't think we are in a position to go to Spain and fight for a win but I certainly think we are in a position to go there and fight for somewhere around the podium.

Crash.net:
It has been quite strange this season, because every time you think Subaru have turned the corner and have a good event it is always followed by a bad one.

PM:
That seems to be the picture doesn't it? Greece was very good. It suited us really well and we drove well. The car stood up to it really well too and then we went to the next event and it was a big flop. Finland was obviously the biggest disaster we have ever had in the team what with having to withdraw from the rally. But as I say testing has not been so bad. The tarmac test was very good, the gravel test wasn't quite as good as the tarmac, but we are just open-minded. If we can just get onto the podium we will be happy.

Crash.net:
Has this season put an extra pressure on your relationship with Petter?

PM:
It doesn't put any extra pressure on it at all. We do go with the attitude of winning events but we are not in the position to do that at the moment. It will turn around though. We have got a new car in the workshop now and we are only a few months away from testing it. That is a new concept car, like the other two cars I just mentioned. We have got lots and lots to look forward to. All sorts of modifications are coming along. We are looking forward to the future very much.

Crash.net:
There has been speculation that Petter might leave Subaru. Can you shed any light on that?

PM:


Related Pictures

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Phil Mills (GBR), Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2007. Rally Finland, 2nd-5th August 2007.
Petter Solberg (NOR) / Phil Mills (GBR), Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2007. Rally New Zealand. 31st August - 2 September 2007.
Phil Mills (GBR), Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2007. Acropolis Rally of Greece, 31st May - 3rd June 2007.
Petter Solberg - PSRX Citroen DS3
David Llewellin and Harri Toivonen. Rallyday 2014 [Pic credit: Andy Crayford - Crayfordmedia.com]
Metro 6R4. Rallyday 2014 [Pic credit: Andy Crayford - Crayfordmedia.com]
Metro 6R4 celebrations. Rallyday 2014 [Pic credit: Andy Crayford - Crayfordmedia.com]
Metro 6R4 celebrations. Rallyday 2014 [Pic credit: Andy Crayford - Crayfordmedia.com]
Elfyn Evans chats to Rob Wilkins. Rallyday 2014 [Pic credit: Andy Crayford - Crayfordmedia.com]
Roy Edwards. `Brian Stubbings Spirit of Rallyday` award winner. Rallyday 2014 [Pic credit: Andy Crayford - Crayfordmedia.com]
Harri Toivonen. Rallyday 2014 [Pic credit: Andy Crayford - Crayfordmedia.com]
Mitsubishi R5 launch. Rallyday 2014 [Pic credit: Andy Crayford - Crayfordmedia.com]
Mitsubishi R5 launch. Rallyday 2014 [Pic credit: Andy Crayford - Crayfordmedia.com]
Mitsubishi R5 launch. Rallyday 2014 [Pic credit: Andy Crayford - Crayfordmedia.com]
Terry Kaby. Rallyday 2014 [Pic credit: Andy Crayford - Crayfordmedia.com]
Howard Davies and Tony Mason. Rallyday 2014 [Pic credit: Andy Crayford - Crayfordmedia.com]
Mikko Hirvonen`s 2010 Monte Carlo winning Ford Fiesta S2000. Rallyday 2014 [Pic credit: Andy Crayford - Crayfordmedia.com]
Harri Toivonen. Rallyday 2014 [Pic credit: Andy Crayford - Crayfordmedia.com]

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