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Rallye Deutschland: Rally reactions - Day 2.

Sebastien Loeb [Citroen Total WRT]:

"Today's terrain was very different from yesterday's, but the conditions stayed dry again. We got off to a good start and my C4 WRC was handling just as nicely as it did on Friday. Thanks to the work of everyone in the team, we also got the morning's two tyre calls spot on, namely Pirelli 'Softs' for the three stages up to the remote service zone, then 'Hards' for the harder-wearing tank-testing tracks. The result was excellent. We have pulled even further clear of our main rival in the World Championship and Dani and Marc are holding second place, so that's all very positive. We just had one scary moment this morning when we brushed a hay-bail that formed part of a chicane in one particularly fast portion. It wasn't in the same position as it was during recce."

"The best way to stay concentrated is to keep pushing. The stages are cleaner than in previous years and I have the utmost confidence in my C4, so it was best to keep going at the same pace [this afternoon] and try to build up some more breathing space for tomorrow. We've rarely had such a dry Rallye Deutschland and everything has gone very well so far. If the order stays the same all the way to the finish after tomorrow's five stages, it will be an excellent result for us and the team in the two championships."


Daniel Sordo [Citroen Total WRT]:

"I reverted to a set-up with which I felt much more comfortable [with this morning]. My car performed much better and I was more confident, so it was easier to push hard! We reclaimed second place after SS7 and we then set about consolidating our position.

"Prior to this afternoon's loop, our closest chaser was 14.4 seconds behind us. Our lead is now up to 1m 4s. We didn't push quite so hard second round, but that didn't stop us from making the most of the potential of our C4 over this terrain, although I have to say that this really isn't my favourite asphalt event - there are far too many junctions! It's been a positive day and along with the Citroën Sport technical staff we succeeded in finding a set-up which suited me perfectly."


Francois Duval [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT]:

"The feeling is starting to come now and I'm much happier than yesterday. The bumper came off in Panzerplatte on a sharp dip in the road which affected the cooling system so the engine temperature went up and we had to back off in some places to keep an eye on the temperature. But the setup of the car is not 100 percent perfect so we will try some more things tonight. I always drive for the win and will continue to push tomorrow even though Mikko is close behind."


Mikko Hirvonen [BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT]:

"I didn't have any rhythm and made many small mistakes. I didn't trust my pace notes first time through the stages so I was too cautious and that's where I lost time. If there was a cut at a corner, I seemed to back off to see how slippery it was. I need to be braver and I didn't have the confidence to drive flat out like yesterday. No matter how hard I drove, I couldn't match Sordo's times. The only difference from yesterday was that the stages had different characteristics. They were more like race circuit roads. On the final stage I hit a hole and the broken concrete punctured the rear tyre. I drove the final 8km on the wheel rim. I would have been happy to clear that stage and settle for third tomorrow. I dropped 45sec but there was no way I could have stopped to change it in that time so I made the right decision to continue. Now I need to fight against Duval tomorrow and that won't be easy."


Petter Solberg [Subaru WRT]:

"Today has really not been bad and I felt much more comfortable in the car. Sure there's still more to do before we're right on the pace, but I felt much easier in the car this afternoon. It was actually quite good fun, not bad at all. I think we're going in the right direction and it's getting better. Today can have surprises, like with Mikko's puncture on the last stage, so I'm pleased to have got through with no problems. The gaps are so big now though it's impossible to close on them unless something happens. So tomorrow we'll just drive to the speed of the car and no mistakes."


Chris Atkinson [Subaru WRT]:

"Okay, we moved into sixth which is a good points-scoring position. We haven't got on top of the tarmac set-up yet though so we can't push as hard as we were able last year. We've sort of dropped to the middle of nowhere today as the gaps in front and behind are so big, so we're now trying to fine-tune and do some work on areas of the car to try and speed up development."


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

"It hasn't been a bad day, we haven't had any problems and are still just continuing to get to grips with the car on tarmac. I am not planning to make any big changes to the car now because I have to concentrate on my driving and learn more about how to do it on tarmac. We are in the points and things are getting better every stage. But generally we have been improving things throughout the day and hopefully this will continue tomorrow."


Urmo Aava [PH Sport-Citroen C4 WRC]:



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