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PWRC: Finland - Pre-event press conference.

Drivers: Jari Ketomaa (Subaru Impreza WRX) and Juho Hänninen (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo).



Press conference.


Q:
Jari, Andreas Aigner is in a very strong position now in the drivers' standings for the PWRC. He is not competing in the PWRC this weekend; is that going to make it any easier?

Jari Ketomaa:
It's not too late and of course I will do my best. I have not won any events this year so I will try to do it here.

Q:
What do you think of the two Wild Card entries we have for this event, Juha Salo and Jussi Valimaki – could they possibly stand in the way of achieving maximum points here?

JK:
There are some strong local drivers here but we have had some good results in the Finnish Championship. There is very tough competition on every rally this year from all the drivers – not just the Finnish ones.

Q:
You tested on Monday – how did it go?

JK:
We had two days testing about a month ago and managed to get a very good set-up with the car and the tyres, everything still worked very well on Monday.

Q:
Is it an advantage being Finnish on this event?

JK:
Sometimes it is yes. I think all Finnish drivers are quite passionate on their own stages!

Q:
It was a good start to the season for you Juho, picking up 10 points in Sweden, but Aigner has raced ahead in the standings. What is it going to take to catch him?

Juho Hanninen:
It's important to get 10 points here because Aigner now has 30 points and we are 18 points behind him so maximum points from here would be very important to us. It will be harder over here than it has been in other rallies because these local Wild Card drivers will be very fast. And Jari Ketomaa also will be very fast.

Q:
This is your home event – do you feel any extra pressure to perform here?

JH:
I have done this only twice but I don't feel nervous. I think it's good we have some new stages – they are very demanding and quite narrow in places. But we are happy with the car and it performed well in shakedown and in testing.


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