Mikko Hirvonen [BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT]:

"My strategy paid off but I was nervous in the final stage. No split times were available for Sordo and I didn't know how hard he was pushing. I really needed these 10 points and this is a great result for my championship challenge. I need to keep my feet on the ground and continue trying to find more speed and more wins. I've learned how important it is to consistently score points on every rally but 10 is perfect. It was a tough rally but it's good to lead the series again."

"When I woke up it was raining but as we were in Jordan I hoped it wouldn't last so that the gravel wasn't dampened down. It stopped quickly, although I expected the driving line to be cleaner. It was really slippery, just like the ball-bearing surface in Australia, and hard to keep on the road."

Related Articles

Daniel Sordo [Citroen Total WRT]:

"I was fully aware this morning that the cards weren't stacked in our favour, but I tried to put that to the back of my mind and push as hard as possible. That paid because we were only 7.7 seconds off the lead after the first loop, and there was still everything to play for second time round. I did all I could to recover the lead [on the repeat loop] but it wasn't enough. Even so, I am pleased with our performance this weekend. We led on two occasions and I was delighted with my feeling at the wheel of the Citro?n C4 WRC from start to finish. The rally was quite stressful but it was also beneficial for me. I'm sure the experience will come in useful on the forthcoming events."

Chris Atkinson [Subaru WRT]:

"We scored good points again and it's good for us and good for the team as it keeps us close to the guys at the front of the championship. It was a difficult rally for us as almost from the start we were in the middle of nowhere with big gaps in front and behind of us. We managed to go along at our own pace, keeping it on the road. We had some hard times when things weren't going well but we managed to get through. It was a bit of misfortune for others, but lucky for us. Sometimes that's just how it goes. We've still got a lot of work to do and we want to be more competitive on pace and pushing for wins, but four podiums from five rallies is a very consistent start for us so with that I'm happy."

Henning Solberg [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT]:

"I came to this rally aiming for a fifth place and am delighted to have got fourth; I am really happy with this finish. I knew it was going to be a tough rally and I had to use my head. It would have been easy to push hard from the start and make a mistake but I needed to get to the finish without doing anything wrong. This plan has worked because now I have more points and everything feels good with the car and especially with the next rally quite close, it will help a lot."

Matthew Wilson [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT]:

"We were slightly disappointed this morning when the puncture cost us a lot of time but in the end we remained focused and now we have finished fifth which I am really happy with on this new and difficult event. My fitness has played a key part and has helped a lot with my concentration and performance on the stages. This was a hard rally but this finish is now our best result so far this year."

Federico Villagra [Munchi's Ford WRT]:

"I enjoyed this rally a lot and for myself and Jorge to score points on the last three events is a fantastic achievement. We found the first day very difficult because it was a new rally and the stages were tricky and it would be easy to make a mistake. Then on Saturday we made some changes to the differential and things felt much better, I had an improved feeling with the car and my times got faster from there. The high temperatures made it more difficult and we really had to concentrate hard on the very long last stage of the rally today. But now I'm feeling good and have got more confidence to go to Sardinia which is also the first event I drove for Munchi's last year."

Jari-Matti Latvala [BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT]:

"In the morning's first stage I hit a rock, but felt nothing. Halfway through the next test the support link in the rear left suspension snapped. After the stage we tried to strap the suspension together but it wouldn't hold and I had to drive many kilometres with the tyre bent in. I was lucky to get back. I had two perfect days on Friday and Saturday but today was a long one. I need to be more consistent and concentrate without making mistakes. I'm disappointed not to score more points."

Gigi Galli [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT]:

"We are definitely pleased with this result but we were disappointed with the problem on Friday. On Saturday I really had to concentrate again and we found a good feeling and a good rhythm with the car and managed to set three fastest times so for sure I must be happy with this progress. Today was quite tough and the long stage made it a difficult way to finish the rally but now I have much more confidence going into my home rally in Sardinia."

Khalid Al-Qassimi [BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT]:

"I'm happy but also a little disappointed because I suffered two flat tyres on the last stage when I was fighting for a drivers' point. I had to stop and fix both tyres, which cost me lots of time. I've never been in a points scoring position before and unfortunately luck wasn't on my side."

Sebastien Loeb [Citroen Total WRT]:

"It was especially useful to see how our Pirelli Scorpion tyres stood up to the long stage. There was also a chance we score points for Citro?n. We are now five points behind in the Drivers' standings but they won't be impossible to make up. There is still a long way to go this season and the way our C4 performed here was very encouraging."

Sebastian Ogier [PH Sport-Citroen C2 S1600]: [Junior WRC - winner]

"It's tremendously satisfying to have taken our second win from two starts. "The scenario was different to Mexico. This time round, we were forced to do all the chasing, and it was actually quite good fun! It meant we were forced to drive quickly in order to catch the others but that fact that we had to reach the finish was always at the back of our mind. We were helped by the excellent handling of our Citro?n C2 Super 1600 and also by the first class work of everyone in the team. Today's result is also positive for the championship, but I also leave Jordan Rally with more experience under my belt. It was very interesting to compete over the unique terrain we saw here and I am sure that will come in useful later in the season."

Barry Clark [Munchi's Ford WRT]:

"I still can't believe it yet. To get this opportunity at the last minute was amazing and to be honest it still hasn't sunk in fully. I had a difficult job to do here and was under strict instructions to finish and we very nearly finished inside the top-ten and just missed out on manufacturer points; that would have really been the icing on the cake. I found the stages quite demanding and not having any pacenotes made it even harder. My continued fitness training meant that I was well prepared for this event even with the last minute notice I was given and now I've got a lot of confidence for my next rally with the team in Turkey."

Shaun Gallagher [Citroen C2 S1600]: [Junior WRC - runner-up]

"I'm very pleased with our result - it goes to show that consistency pays! We were able to manage our rally and the way in which we drove the car very well. The C2 Super 1600 proved itself to be very competitive and resisted the heat very well, just as we had to. The last leg was not at all easy. On the longest stage we had no grip at all and the important thing was to keep up the right rhythm in order to complete the 135 competitive kilometres of the day. This second place is the result of some excellent work from our team, and we sincerely hope to repeat it on the events that are still to come."

Conrad Rautenbach [PH Sport-Citroen C4 WRC]:

"I was looking forward to the long stages today - I'm a bit more used to them after rallying in Africa. We had some problems this morning, though. The car was pulling quite badly to one side, which obviously affected the handling. We had a spin in the first stage and then two spins in the third. I felt I was fighting the car all of the time. The team worked on the car and put some new dampers on for the stages this afternoon. The car felt better, but it was still bouncing around a bit at the back end

"It's been good to get back in the car today. As I said before the start, I want to spend as much time as possible in the Citroen driving it. Getting those two long stages in was really important. It's helped me ahead of the next three rallies, which are run under similar conditions. I now know more about how the car will handle hot and rough roads, which is really important for me ahead of Sardinia, Greece and Turkey."

Notable retirements:

Per-Gunnar Andersson [Suzuki WRT]: [retired from day 1 in SS1 - went off the road and was unable to rejoin - re-started on day 2 under SupeRally]

"My problem came in a section about six kilometres into the stage. It was a left-hander going into a tighter right. I was too fast into the left and then couldn't gather the car for the next right. The car started to drift and then went off the road on the inside of the corner. The front was buried in some deep sand. A couple of people were there to help, but there was no way the car was coming out until I found some wood to go under the wheels. By the time I had done that and we got back on the road, we were OTL (Over Time Limit). I had a slow puncture from earlier in the stage, but the problem was my speed - not the tyre. It's really disappointing. I need to be in the car and driving stages right now, so there is a lot of frustration when this happens. We all want to show what the SX4 WRC can do."

Toni Gardemeister [Suzuki WRT]: [retired from event after SS2 - engine]

[Speaking on Sunday] "Of course I am disappointed not to have finished this event. You go to every rally wanting to get to the end, chasing the best possible result. Here I had a real feeling that we could get the SX4 WRC high up the order. I knew there would be a high rate of attrition on what's going to be one of the hottest rallies of the year, but I was really sad that we were one of the early victims. The good thing is that P-G has shown some pace yesterday, which is an indication of what the SX4 WRC is capable of."

[Speaking on Friday] "I was happy with the first couple of stages. In some corners, we were going a little bit wide, but the times were quite okay. I thought this was going to be a good event for us. We had a real chance to get some good points here. I knew P-G had had a problem and I was thinking that we needed to make sure there was one SX4 at the finish, so I wasn't pushing very hard. I wasn't flat-out and didn't want to take the big risks. I don't know which stone it was that caused the problems -- there were so many of them about! As soon as I heard the engine starting to sound like it wasn't right in SS3, I pulled over and switched it off. I am also upset for the team because I wanted to get a result for them on this rally. I came here to drive well and to compete with the other cars on even ground. I do believe we could have made a result, particularly when you look at how many of the cars are having problems in these really tough conditions."

Petter Solberg [Subaru WRT]: [retired from day 1 in SS6 - hit a rock - re-started on day 2 under SupeRally]

"This morning was good, but then it is so, so disappointing for me and the team to have this problem and to have retired on the first day. Into stage six I hit a small rock on the inside round a left hand corner, and after that the front suspension dampers just broke. Oil came on the screen, and a bit caught fire under the bonnet. We were lucky to put it out before any real damage, but I came here feeling good and looking for a good result. We had the pace notes and things were looking pretty good, but that's just how it is. We just need to keep going and see what happens in the next two days."

[Speaking in the mid-day service] "Ah, this morning was tricky, you know. We started well, with the fastest time but it got harder after that. I didn't feel I could push as hard as I wanted because of the grip. We slipped back, but we're still close enough to push and get some places back. We'll push and just see what we can do this afternoon. The recce we did last year is more confirmation of our pace notes which are so, so important here, so I hope that will help us to attack."

Gigi Galli [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT]: [retired from day 1 after SS6 - hit a stone bank - re-started on day 2 under SupeRally]

"Obviously I am very disappointed with my problem today as the rally was going quite well for me and I was starting to get a good feeling with the car. We slid on a slippy section of the stage and went backwards into a big bank of rocks and this damaged the diff cooler and I was unable to continue as the temperature rose so high; I didn't want to cause a lot of damage. I hope the team can repair this for tomorrow as its very important for me to get back out there and learn more about this rally and this unique surface. The first loop of stages today went well for me and I was starting to find a good rhythm and getting more confidence with the car and I would like to continue with this progress tomorrow."

[Speaking in the mid-day service] "I cant seem to find a good pace and rhythm at the minute and its just not flowing for me. I need to try and build my confidence up during the rally. The third stage went very well for me and our only problem was a small spin just 1km from the end of the last stage in that loop. We must get used to the slippery surface and there are also many cuts on the stages that I didn't expect to be there from the recce. We have had to adjust our line a few times mid corner but overall things have been reasonably good this morning."

Conrad Rautenbach [PH Sport-Citroen C4 WRC]: [retired from day 1 after SS8 - clutch - re-started on day 2 under SupeRally]

"That's so frustrating! To get through all of the day's stages, but then not to be able to get back to service is such bad news. The morning was tough, but we didn't have any major problems. On the second stage, I tried to shut my door, but it wouldn't close properly. This was 10 seconds before we were due to start the stage, so in the end, I just closed it as best I could and got on with it. Unfortunately, this meant I hadn't put the car into launch mode for the start and it was playing on my mind a little bit, wondering if the door was going to fly open on the first corner. After that, it was just the changing grip level which caught my attention. I was quite surprised, I thought it would be more constant, but we were finding good grip in the braking area, but as soon as I turned into the corner it was loose again. I lost about 10 seconds with the spin in stage four. The car started to slide and I thought it was going to be set-up nicely for the corner, but as soon as I leaned on the car in the corner, the back came around.

"The afternoon was really tough, though. There were a lot more rocks out in the road second time around and with the damper broken, it was hard work for the car. The problem with the clutch didn't come until the end of the stage (SS8). We'd completed the stage and then tried to drive off up the road, but there was nothing [from the clutch]. There was a steep uphill section straight after the stage, so there was no chance of us getting up there. It's so frustrating, but we'll get the car sorted tonight and make another start tomorrow."

Sebastien Loeb [Citroen Total WRT]: [retired from day 2 after SS11 - head-on collision with Rautenbach - re-started on day 3 under SupeRally]

"We decided to push hard this morning to try to move into the lead. Our Citro?n C4 WRC was very competitive and I was feeling particularly comfortable. The road section between the end of SS11 and the start of the following test though was very narrow and there were lots of places where we couldn't see much of the road. Coming out of one such corner, we were unable to avoid running into another competitor coming in the opposite direction. It really is an enormous shame: we were in a good position with regard to both championships, but this is only the fifth round of the season and such a lot that can still happen."

Conrad Rautenbach [PH Sport-Citroen C4 WRC]: [retired from day 2 after SS10 - head-on collision with Loeb - re-started on day 3 under SupeRally]

"I'm really sorry for Sebastien [Loeb] and for Citroen, both of whom are fighting to win this event and the championship. Sebastien had pushed really hard to get into a good position and to build a good lead. It's really unfortunate. I'm pretty fed-up myself - I'm out of day two as well. It was an accident, nobody's fault."

Petter Solberg [Subaru WRT]: [retired from event in SS16 - crashed]

"We had so much go wrong today. We knew we had a brake caliper leaking, and in the last stage I braked and the car just didn't slow down enough. It's so, so frustrating and just boring, you know. I want to be able to push and drive properly but we just haven't been able to this weekend."

Per-Gunnar Andersson [Suzuki WRT]: [retired from day 3 in SS19 - went off the road]

"This is a really disappointing end to the event for me and for the team. I don't really understand what happened on stage 19 and how I ended up off the road. It had been going well for me. It was very loose, with a lot of gravel on the surface of the road, but we hadn't had a problem. We came into a slow left-hand bend, which led into a hairpin right. I had a half-spin after the left, which dropped the front of the car down into the inside of the hairpin. The car went nose in. The rear wheels were still on the road. I put the car in reverse gear straight away, hoping it would reverse out, but the gradient was too steep. Jonas and I jumped out of the car to try and get some more people to help us. Only two people were around. We tried to lift the car out, but it was impossible. On the stage before we'd been fourth quickest, and I was really enjoying it. Obviously I didn't want to retire from the event, but it was an honour to meet His Majesty King Abdullah II. He was very interested to take a look at the SX4 WRC."

Team principals:

Olivier Quesnel [Citroen Total WRT - team principal]:

"What a rally. I don't think we will forget the inaugural Jordan Rally in a hurry; a real emotional roller-coaster. Dani and Marc did all they could to win today and only narrowly failed. We can leave here with our heads held high. True, our rivals go away with more points than us but the competitiveness of the C4 WRC and the superior performance of S?bastien Loeb are positive pointers for the rest of the season. I would also like to congratulate S?bastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia on their second consecutive Junior win with their Citro?n C2 S1600."

Malcolm Wilson [BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT - team director]:

"It was almost a dream weekend, but it was a fantastic team performance. Our strategy worked perfectly and it's great for Mikko to claim his first win this season and for us to lead both championships again. Full credit to Jari-Matti for nursing the car back to the service park after his problems. Compliments to the rally organisers - on their first time in the WRC, they created a classic event."

John Fleming [Ford of Europe - president and CEO]:

"For the past three days I've seen just how demanding this rally is. The heat was intense, the stages were tough and only the fittest survived. But we did more than survive - we won the rally and the Focus RS packed the leaderboard. It's great to see the Blue Oval back on top of both the manufacturers' and drivers' standings."

Mark Deans [Ford of Europe - motorsport director]:

"Despite the high temperatures and arduous road conditions, to place seven cars in the top nine is a tribute to the performance and durability of the Ford Focus."

David Richards [Subaru WRT - managing director]:

"Yet again Chris has shown his consistency to ensure another podium position and maintain third position in the Drivers' Championship. I'm sure Chris is now looking forward to getting his hands on the new car and being able to challenge at the front."

Malcolm Wilson [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT - team boss]:

"We've seen another fantastic performance from the entire Stobart team on what was a tough, demanding and tricky Jordan Rally. Gigi proved again that he has the speed as he set three fastest times during the rally, while Matthew and Henning both put in faultless drives. Three Stobart cars in the top-eight is ample proof of how they all drove with their heads and in a very sensible manner especially with the next rally so close."

Andrew Tinkler [Stobart Group Ltd - CEO]:

"The heat here has taken a lot out of me and I have just been watching this rally! I must say I'm really impressed with how all three crews have driven this weekend and three Stobart cars in the points is a fantastic achievement. The British public can also be rightly proud of Matthew and Scott who've delivered a great result here and continued to promote the talent in Cumbria. Now they can all head into Sardinia well prepared and with more confidence."

Paul Wilding [Suzuki WRT - team manager]:

"Our goal today was not to risk anything, but to bring the car home to the finish and build on the positive results for the SX4 WRC yesterday. Everything was looking good this morning, particularly the fourth fastest time in SS18. The circumstances surrounding P-G going off the road on the next stage are quite strange. I don't think he was taking risks or pushing too hard. We have seen all the way through this event how difficult this event has been. Many of the other drivers have been caught out by the stage conditions. I think the performance which the team has turned in has demonstrated the speed and the potential of the SX4 WRC. We have been able to take a lot of encouragement from this result. P-G was under a second per kilometre off the pace of the fastest car yesterday, which demonstrates what the Suzuki SX4 WRC is capable of."

Mario Isola [Pirelli - rally manager]:

"The Rally Jordan's gravel proved to be hard and challenging for the tyres, as we expected. Despite being damaged in various ways by the sharp stones and rocks of the landscape, the Scorpion tyres passed this severe test with flying colours - exhibiting no particular problems. In some cases the tyres only displayed an increase in wear because of the punishment meted out by this ravaging surface."