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WRC Interviews. Page 7
Q&A: Isao Torii - exclusive.
19 August 2005:
Mitsubishi boss Isao Torii was at the 2005 Rallyday last Saturday and, while 'his' team may not have had the results they had hoped for this year, he is eager for them to grab podiums in the final few events of the season. Here speaking exclusively to
he reveals more...
Q&A: Alister McRae - exclusive.
19 August 2005:
It wasn't that long ago Alister McRae was competing at the top of the WRC - first with Hyundai and then with Mitsubishi. Following the latter's decision to take a year out though in 2003 he was left somewhat in the lurch and watching from the sidelines. Despite returning last year to contest the Production Car WRC, and nearly taking the title until a mechanical failure put him out of the final event in Australia, he again failed to secure anything for 2005.
caught up wi
Q&A: Phil Mills - exclusive.
18 August 2005:
Petter Solberg's co-driver, Phil Mills kindly took time out of his schedule at the recent Rallyday to talk to
. Here, he chats about the current state of the WRC and the new Impreza, which is scheduled to be officially unveiled next month at the Frankfurt Motor Show - and loads more...
Q&A: Gigi Galli - exclusive.
18 August 2005:
Mitsubishi ace Gigi Galli attended the 2005 Rallyday last Saturday at Castle Combe, where
caught up with the Italian to grill him on the event, his plans for 2006 and loads, loads more...
Q&A: Malcolm Wilson - exclusive.
12 August 2005:
Ford may not have won this year in the World Rally Championship but it hasn't all been bad, quite the contrary in fact and Toni Gardemeister's run which has seen him notch up three podiums and score points on every event thus far has given them plenty of reasons to smile. Prior to the Rally Finland
spoke to M-Sport boss, Malcolm Wilson and asked him about the year to date, how work is progressing on the new Focus and, of course, which drivers they hope to sign in 2006..
Q&A: Markko Martin - exclusive.
11 August 2005:
Peugeot WRC driver, Markko Martin enjoyed what was probably one of his best rallies of the season at the weekend, when he managed to finish third on the Rally Finland. While the Estonian had already had three podiums this year - in Sweden, Mexico and Cyprus - this was the first time he felt he had managed it on merit and really felt at one with the 307 WRC. Here speaking exclusively to
on the Thursday
to the Rally Finland we caught up with the former Ford a
Q&A: Paddy Hopkirk - exclusive.
25 July 2005:
Paddy Hopkirk is a British rallying legend, having won the Monte Carlo Rally back in 1964 in Mini Cooper.
caught up with Paddy at Silverstone recently, where he was promoting his book
'The Paddy Hopkirk Story - a dash of the Irish'
. Here he talks about that book, as well as the current state of rallying and why he thinks upcoming Ulsterman Kris Meeke has the potential to go all the way...
Q&A: David Lapworth - exclusive.
7 July 2005:
Subaru have been somewhat off the boil of late and as such, after Sebastien Loeb's run of five successive wins, Petter Solberg has dropped well behind the Frenchman in the battle for the 2005 drivers' title. The Norwegian now trials Loeb by 23 points but, with eight events still to go, the battle is by no means over. Here, speaking exclusively to
in the week prior to the Rally Argentina, the event that will kick off the second half of the season, we caught up with Su
Q&A: Armin Schwarz - exclusive.
17 June 2005:
Skoda team leader Armin Schwarz is part of the 'old guard' in the WRC, having made his debut on the RAC Rally GB back in 1988. The German is currently in his second year with the Czech manufacturer, having rejoined the outfit in 2004. Thus far, neither party has enjoyed the best of results this season as, on the whole, the Fabia WRC has struggled to match the other manufacturer entries. Speaking exclusively to
, Schwarz speaks about his season thus far, his hopes for
Q&A: Guy Wilks - exclusive.
25 May 2005:
Suzuki driver Guy Wilks is the reigning BRC Junior champion and currently, along with fellow Briton Kris Meeke, is one of the countries hottest prospects. Both are being strongly tipped to step up from the Junior WRC to 'senior' level in the not so distant future and replace former British WRC stars, Colin McRae and Richard Burns, as household names. Here, speaking exclusively to
following his S1600 win in Cyprus, and ahead of the next event in Turkey, Wilks speaks a
Q&A: Kris Meeke - exclusive.
7 May 2005:
Colin McRae's protege, Kris Meeke is one of two Brit's vying for the Junior World Rally Championship [JWRC] this year, along with fellow countryman, Guy Wilks. Currently Meeke leads the championship by one point, following his win at the season-opening Monte Carlo Rally and a third place finish last weekend in Sardinia – an event which could so easily have been win number two. Here, talking exclusively to
, he reflects on that event - 'the one that got away' - and looks
Q&A: Natalie Barratt - exclusive.
4 May 2005:
Britain's leading female rally driver, Natalie Barratt kicked off her Production Car WRC campaign in New Zealand at the beginning of April, and her next event will be in Cyprus in two weeks' time. Here, talking exclusively to
, she reflects on the trip to the other side of the world and casts her thoughts towards the next challenge...
Q&A: Toni Gardemeister - exclusive.
29 March 2005:
Ford number one driver, Toni Gardemeister has already enjoyed much success this season, after leaving the struggling Skoda outfit at the end of 2004. Having grabbed his first podium at the season opening Monte Carlo Rally, he followed that up with another top-three finish in Sweden before coming home sixth in Mexico. As a result he now lies third in the drivers' championship, just three points off leader, Petter Solberg. What's he made of the year thus far? How does the Focus compare to th
Q&A: Petter Solberg - exclusive.
22 March 2005:
Subaru team leader, Petter Solberg currently leads the WRC drivers' championship, following two convincing back-to-back wins in Sweden and Mexico - the latter marking the debut of the new 2005 spec Impreza.
caught up with Petter ahead of next month's Rally New Zealand to get his thoughts on the season thus far, and on the exit of Citroen and Peugeot. Is he worried? Read on to find out...
Q&A: Chris Atkinson - exclusive.
1 March 2005:
Chris Atkinson blasted onto the WRC scene last year and having joined Subaru for 2005, the Australian is already turning heads. His performance in Sweden, his first with the Banbury based squad, was impressive to say the least - for not only was it's his first outing in a World Rally car, but it was also his first time on snow. This guy is going to be one to watch over the next few seasons, and will surely give Petter Solberg and Sebastien Loeb a few sleepless nights as he gains in years...
Q&A: Chris Atkinson - exclusive.
19 January 2005:
Subaru's Chris Atkinson was at the
show last weekend and although the 25 year-old will sit out this weekend's opener in Monte Carlo, he's all geared up for the second round in Sweden, which begins on February 11. Here the Aussie tells
all about the coming year, including what he has been up to thus far, his first impressions of the team and loads, loads more...
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