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JWRC: Finland - Pre-event press conference.

Drivers: Patrik Sandell (Renault Clio S1600) and Jaan Molder (Suzuki Swift S1600).


Press conference.


Q:
Your are ninth in the Championship with just six points, is the aim still to try and win the series or do you feel that has slipped out of your grasp?

Patrik Sandell:
We had some small problems with the car but OK we are here and we have some points and if we can have a good result here I think we can climb a lot of places in the Championship. It's maximum attack for us on this event.

Q:
You won this event last year – do you have the car to be able to do it this year?

PS:
For sure. The car is really good now and we had a really good test on Monday. The car is perfectly set-up for these roads. Also today at shakedown it felt really good so we just try to stay on the road and go as fast as possible.

Q:
How have you found balancing both the JWRC and the PWRC – is it tougher than you expected?

PS:
Not tough, but we have had some bad luck and we are still learning on every rally. You have to drive a lot of rallies to get the experience so it's been the perfect season in terms of experience for the future. So from that point of view I am really happy so far.

Q:
From what you have seen on the recce, how does this year compare with other years? Are you disappointed that Ouninpohja is not part of the event this year?

PS:
For sure it is a great stage to drive but for me all the stages in Finland are fantastic to drive. If you find a good rhythm you can go very fast and also the massive 'yumps' on the other stages make it really good.

Q:
Jaan, I hear you are injured – can you tell us what happened?

Jaan Molder:
I broke my leg a few weeks ago while I was skydiving. It was a bad landing!

Q:
At what kind of percent will you be driving this weekend with this injury?

JM:
It will not affect my driving; it's just a bit uncomfortable when I walk. The leg I broke was my throttle leg so it's not painful to drive. If it was my left leg then I couldn't drive because left foot braking gives you a lot more pressure. I had a long test on Monday and on shakedown today and I had no problems.

Q:
It's been a while since we have seen you on the top step of the podium – will we see it in the second half of the season?

JM:
I will drive as fast as I can here because on the last two rallies I have retired and in Sardinia we had a problem with the sump guard on the road section. Maybe the Championship doesn't look good now but I haven't given up. I will take a few more risks on this rally maybe and push as hard as I can. It is a long rally with some new stages so we will just try to do the best we can.


Question from the floor



Q: Martin Holmes (Martin Holmes Rallying, UK).
Patrik, why did you prefer to have the Super 1600 and not the Super 2000 car here? Is it because you are a little bit afraid of the Finnish drivers?

PS:
For sure the Finnish drivers are very quick especially here in Finland and it could have been really fun with the Super 2000 in the Production Championship, but we chose to do the Junior Championship back in November last year and when I chose also to do the Production we had to take the rallies that were left. I was already booked to do Rally Finland in the Junior category. We will have to do this event in a four-wheel drive car next year instead.


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