Rally Finland: Rally reactions - Day 3.

Sebastien Loeb [Citroen Total WRT]:

"I'm thrilled to have won this rally and I'm especially pleased with the way we won it. From start to finish, the scrap reminded me of the thrilling clashes we had last year with Marcus Grönholm. It was a very close run thing throughout and we were never able to relax. The decision to keep the lead at the end of the opening day involved a certain amount of risk because we didn't know exactly how much road-sweeping we would have to do. It meant pushing hard all the way, but the tactic finally paid off."

"Our objective today was to keep up a fast pace over the final day's 40.47km of stages and keep a close eye on how our main rival was going. It was important not to make any mistakes and that meant building in a certain safety margin. After spending the first two days driving flat out between the trees, I had absolutely no intention of letting our 42nd WRC win slip from our grasp. Today's victory also means we have met one of the objectives we set ourselves at the start of the season, and that's a particularly satisfying feeling. I had every confidence in my Citroën C4 from flag to flag and this result gives our chances in the Drivers' championship a terrific boost since it narrows the gap down to just 1 point. It's been a positive weekend, too, for Citroën in the Manufacturers' standings."

Mikko Hirvonen [BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT]:

"I'm pleased with my driving but I came here to win and Loeb found a few seconds more. We played cat and mouse all weekend and when I won a stage, he usually won the next. For there to be only nine seconds between us after all this crazy driving is amazing. I lost the time by not being brave enough in the narrow sections. It'll be difficult but we must now fight for the win on every round."

"It was a fantastic rally and an amazing fight and it's unfortunate I didn't win in front of my home fans. I pushed right to the end but it wasn't enough. I'm pleased to still lead the championship but one point isn't much. The speed was crazy. Sometimes we could have thrown our pace notes away and just gone for it and I've learned that I could have made my notes quicker."

Chris Atkinson [Subaru WRT]:

"To finish on the podium in Finland is fantastic, it's one of those rallies that you really, really want to do well on and it's great to add it to the CV. The guys did a fantastic job, the car was great and I was just able to keep pushing hard. I really want to thank everybody in the team, it's just really cool to be here on the podium the first time in Finland with the new car, and of course it's great to be back in third in the championship. It's been a great weekend, really good."

Daniel Sordo [Citroen Total WRT]:

"We spent the last day driving sufficiently quickly to defend our fourth place. I am pleased with my performance this weekend and I didn't make any mistakes. I have learnt even more about how to drive on this highly specific event where experience counts for so much. There are still a few areas where I can improve, notably the way I brake. It's nice to be at the finish and it's the first time I've had that pleasure here in a WRC car. Our C4 WRC was extremely competitive and the points that Citroën has scored promise to be important as the rest of the season unfolds."

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

"We started the rally off really well and it was good to be on the podium after the first day. The car was working well and it was a fine performance as we had no pre-event testing so I had showed a fast pace right from the start. But we lost the feeling on day 2 and had to settle for fifth position which isn't too bad and at least it's some more points; moving me up to seventh in the championship. We got new Expert race suits for this rally so we may not have been the fastest crew but we were definitely the best looking!"

Petter Solberg [Subaru WRT]:

"Okay, it's been a tough weekend but we're sixth and that's how it is. said Petter Solberg. When everything was working it felt very good, but I lost the feeling at times yesterday and Friday. Today was much better, but by then we'd lost too much time to be able to climb back up any higher. We have a week until Germany for the team to keep working on the car, and we'll see what we can do there, the first time on tarmac."

Matti Rantanen [Ford Focus RS WRC 06]:

"It is unbelievable result and I am very happy. It has been a dream weekend and I hope I have shown how fast I have been. I hope to be in the WRC next year but I just have to get the money together first. I am very happy to have won the Spirit of the Rally Award too."

Toni Gardemeister [Suzuki WRT]:

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