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Q&A: Manfred Stohl - EXCLUSIVE.

by Rob Wilkins


TO HEAR THE INTERVIEW IN FULL WITH MANFRED STOHL: CLICK HERE.


OMV Kronos Citroen's Manfred Stohl has had a pretty tough season. Here the Austrian speaks exclusively to Crash.net Radio ahead of the Wales Rally GB, the final round in the 2007 FIA World Rally Championship...


Crash.net:
Manfred, how are you feeling ahead of the Wales Rally GB?

Manfred Stohl:
Good, I like the Rally GB very much. It is a very nice event and I have good results here all the time. It is OK for me.

Crash.net:
Were you pleased with how the shakedown went?

MS:
Yeah the shakedown was OK – no problem. Everything was fine. But the rally is a bit different.

Crash.net:
What are your targets for Rally GB?

MS:
As it is not going so well for me at the moment I don't have any proper targets. I just want to finish the rally and see what happens.

Crash.net:
How big a role do you think the weather will play?

MS:
Here the weather is always difficult and something can happen all the time. But that is typical for Wales.

Crash.net:
Are you looking forward to those night stages?

MS:
Yes it is quite nice. I like all the stages though and I think I will enjoy this rally.

Crash.net:
Looking back on the previous 15 events, how would you sum up your season?

MS:
We have had a lot of hard experiences. It could have been better but there is nothing I can change now. I am just looking to the future.

Crash.net:
With OMV quitting the WRC, do you have any idea what your plans are for 2008?

MS:
I am looking for new sponsors and we will see what happens. It is very, very difficult right now, but I could enter the Production Car World Rally Championship in February if I want. However I still hope to get some World Rally Car drives.

Crash.net:
How much of a blow is it for your plans to continue competing in the WRC with OMV quitting?

MS:
It is difficult - very, very difficult. As you know, today it is nearly impossible to get new sponsors.

Crash.net:
Any idea when we might hear what your plans are for next year?

MS:
Everyday I hope tomorrow but it is taking time.

Crash.net:
What will you do if you don't do the WRC next year?

MS:
I don't know. Stay at home and enjoy my life.


TO HEAR THE INTERVIEW IN FULL WITH MANFRED STOHL: CLICK HERE.


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