Sebastien Loeb [Citroen Total WRT]:

"After beating our main rival on his home event, we had no intention of letting anybody else take victory in Germany. Our C4 WRC handled perfectly impeccably from start to finish and we got our tyre calls right every time, switching from the Pirelli 'Soft' and 'Hard' options as a function of the conditions. I had an excellent feeling with my car over all the different types of terrain we encountered here and that meant we were able to push hard from the word go and then consolidate our position. It's fantastic to have won here again in Trier where French spectators always turn out in big numbers. It's also a positive result for us in the Drivers' championship because it means we have recovered the lead, so we have plenty of reasons to be delighted with our weekend!"

Daniel Sordo [Citroen Total WRT]:

"I am very pleased to have finished second. The Rallye Deutschland isn't my favourite asphalt event because its format doesn't let you settle into a real rhythm, but it was very nice to be back on sealed surface stages. We were a bit unsure about our set-up to begin with but the work of the Citroen technical team gave us a perfect car for Saturday morning. From that moment on, we were able to up our pace and I had tremendous fun driving and running in second position. Our result gives Citroen a one-two finish and our overall points haul takes us to the top of the Manufacturers' standings, so that's clearly a result! I've moved up one place in the Drivers' points table, too, and we must now knuckle down to try to repeat the same sort of performance."

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

"It's great to come here with very little testing and on new tyres and be able to finish on the podium. It was always going to be a big challenge to fight for a win as the other drivers have been competing all year and have been testing so the result feels very good and for sure we have made improvements with the setup and learnt about the tyres so there are many positives. The experience will help for the next two tarmac events we are doing."

Mikko Hirvonen [BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT]:

"I was on the limit this morning to try to catch Duval. I had a big escape [in SS16]. I had a corner marked in my notes with a small cut, but I took a big cut. It was a high-speed bend and the car was up on two wheels for a long time. It was close! On the third stage I saw I was three seconds down on Duval at the third split section and decided to ease off and settle for fourth. I didn't want to make any mistakes chasing third and risk losing what I had. I set some great stage times on Friday and with a bit more consistency I will be able to fight for a top-place on this surface, but I couldn't match the speed of the top two here. But I feel my asphalt driving has improved and it was unfortunate I lost time with a puncture last night."

Petter Solberg [Subaru WRT]:

"We had no problems at all this weekend which is very good. The very positive thing is that things have improved through the rally, you know. We started with okay speed, and it got better through the rally. You have to remember we've only done two days' testing with the car, so I'm really very happy with it. I think we've found the direction we need to get the maximum from the car, so it's good."

Chris Atkinson [Subaru WRT]:

"There were large gaps today so we weren't taking any silly risks. Okay it's not been a bad weekend and there are a lot of things we can take forward from it. This morning was a little frustrating, but we tried to find out some new things today that will help us continue fine-tuning the car and improve our performance which is the main focus."

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

"This has been a very special result for me it's nearly like winning the rally! Scoring my first points on tarmac is a big achievement and we have made some good steps here. It was a difficult rally for me as I don't have much experience on tarmac and I came here to learn some more and make improvements. I knew I wasn't going to be challenging with the leaders here but we made good progress and learnt a lot for Spain and Corsica so from that point of view it was a positive event for us."

Urmo Aava [PH Sport-Citroen C4 WRC]:

"It is fun, everything is all right. There was a slight chance to catch Henning in SS19 and make up one place. But in the end we finished 1.6 seconds behind."

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

"It was frustrating. It started well on Friday and I had a good position and feeling with the car but yesterday and today were nightmares. At least I increased my asphalt experience. It's the most difficult of the asphalt rallies as the surface changes all the time. I learned that on aggressive asphalt I'm OK, but on a smoother surface I'm far away in my car set-up and confidence level. I had a new experience in comparing Pirelli's hard and soft compound tyres. They did a good job for us and were strong. This rally also showed me how important mental preparation is. I need to work on that this week before Rally New Zealand and start from zero again to move forwards. I also want to complete some asphalt training before the next rally on that surface in Spain in October."

Toni Gardemeister [Suzuki WRT]:

"I've been happy with the car on this rally. This is the second event in a row where we have had virtually no problems and a clean run to the finish. The reliability is at a good level now, which means that we can begin to work more on the speed of the car. If you compare the amount of running our car has had with the other WRC cars, we are making quite good progress. This is probably the most difficult of all the asphalt rallies, so to come away with a manufacturers' point is a good result. I'm feeling reasonably optimistic for the other asphalt rounds in Spain and Corsica now. Today I really enjoyed myself."

Andreas Mikkelsen [Ramsport Ford Focus RS WRC}:

"Today, I felt good in the car. I took a hairpin too tight in SS15 and hit a kerbstone in SS18. But I am still very happy [with my performance]. We have learned a lot on tarmac. The last stage was great fun. It is beautiful!"

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

"It has been a very useful event and we have made good improvements through our tarmac technique and also have learned some more about setup and the Pirelli tyre compounds. I'm not happy with the amount of small mistakes I made with spins and stalls but we have learnt from this for the future. We made some important suspension changes which helped the car under braking and gave me more confidence."

Conrad Rautenbach [PH Sport-Citroen C4 WRC]:

"We had some brake problems in SS16 this morning. It didn't feel good. Overall though, it was a good rally for us and our first on tarmac with the C4. It was all about learning."

Khalid Al Qassimi [BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT]:

"I have learned a lot this weekend. It is not easy being fast in the narrow corners. The last SSS stage was slippery and difficult. But these kinds of tests are good for the show and the sport."

Per-Gunnar Andersson [Suzuki WRT]:

"We had no problems today: we just concentrated on taking it steady and getting to the finish. The rally was a very valuable experience for both me and the team, but I suffered a bit from inexperience. I haven't driven on this event since 2005 and not on asphalt since January and this is the sort of rally where you need to have full confidence in order to push to the maximum. It's a pity that we hit the side of the road yesterday and broke a driveshaft: without that problem I think we could have been in the top 10. It's been a very useful three days and we've taken away a lot of information that will be extremely useful to us for the future."

Sebastien Ogier [Citroen C2 S1600]: [Junior WRC winner]

"This win is a huge source of satisfaction for both me and my team. In the absence of my key rivals, it was vital for me to take as many points as possible here in order to claim the advantage in the Junior World Rally Championship. The rally went well for us, but I would have preferred to have continued our duel with Martin Prokop all the way to the finish. At the start of the rally, I saw straight away that I could more or less match his times, so I chose him as my reference point. Luckily I was then able to find the right pace on these very quick stages and maintain it all the way to the end at the Porta Nigra in Trier."

Aaron Burkart [Citroen C2 S1600]: [Junior WRC runner-up]

"I couldn't find the right feeling with the car straight away. I also made a couple of mistakes on Saturday that cost me time. But luckily I was able to set some quick times towards the end of the rally, and I'm very happy to take second place now. I wasn't very pleased with my fourth place last year, but this is a result that I can be proud of."

Notable retirements:

Gigi Galli [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT]: [retired from event in SS5 - went off the road]

Gigi Galli broke his left leg in the accident and had surgery on Friday night. He is now said to be 'recovering well'.

Team principals:

Olivier Quesnel [Citroen Total WRT - team principal]:

"A fortnight ago, in Finland, we were the outsiders but we managed to come out on top. Here, on the contrary, everybody saw us as favourites and that put us under a certain amount of pressure. I am proud to say, however, that everyone at Citroen Sport rose superbly to the occasion and played their part in securing our first one-two finish of the year as the championship enters its final phase. That's an encouraging result for the battles ahead. Sebastien and Daniel produced an impeccable run, while Dani and Marc put in a solid performance to claim second overall and bring us more valuable points. Our cars and crews have a strong record on the Rallye Deutschland and another outstanding performance this time round has taken us to the top of the Manufacturers' championship. Sebastien has moved ahead in the Drivers' standings, too, so it's been an excellent weekend on all fronts. That said, we can't afford to just sit back and relax now, and we'll all be back at work tomorrow because we've got a busy few months ahead of us."

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

"After the disappointment of Gigi's retirement, it has turned out to be a dream result to get another podium for the Stobart team. Fran?ois has done a fantastic job here and his confidence and performance have both increased throughout the rally; this will help for the events later in the year. In addition, Henning has scored his best ever tarmac result and Matt's times improved well over the weekend, providing more good experience for both of them for Spain and Corsica."

Andrew Tinkler [Stobart Group CEO]:

"It's been a very mixed event for the Stobart team. We managed to secure another great podium finish and it really underlines the work put in by the whole team and the effort by the drivers. Unfortunately it seems that Gigi will be sidelined for a while and everyone at Stobart Motorsport wishes him a very speedy recovery; but the strength of the car during the accident and the professionalism of the event safety team really shone through."

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

"We made a good start on Friday with a terrific performance from Mikko. But a lack of experience on the most difficult asphalt rally in the championship, with a constantly changing road surface, resulted in us not taking as many points as we would have liked. However, the drivers have learned a lot for the final two rallies on this surface."

Mark Deans [Ford of Europe - motorsport director}:

"We've relinquished the lead in the manufacturers' championship here but the fight to win it back begins in New Zealand in a fortnight. The gravel roads there are more favoured by our drivers and we'll look to reclaim the series lead immediately."

David Lapworth [Subaru WRT - technical director]:

"We came here with very little experience of the car on tarmac, yet Petter and Chris have scored good points, and we now have a very clear direction for our continued asphalt development."

Paul Wilding [Suzuki WRT - team manager]:

"This has been a very positive event for us and it's great to have two cars at the finish of such a tough rally. The consistency we have demonstrated here shows that all the hard work is paying off, and puts us in a strong position to build on our solid progress throughout the remaining rounds of the championship, on both gravel and asphalt."

Jean-Francois Lienere [Citroen Sport's customer competition programme / J-WRC boss]:

"What happened to Martin [Prokop - on day 2] is a real pity. He lost the chance of scoring a good haul of championship points but had the ability to feature amongst the frontrunners. Nonetheless, it's been an extremely positive event for Citroen thanks to the great results from the other three C2 Super 1600s, which are all amongst the top four places. Our cars have already shown themselves to be fast on gravel, and we can see again here that they are just as quick on asphalt. Ogier can now add his name to those of Sola, Meeke, Sordo and Prokop: all past winners of the Juniors in Germany at the wheel of a Citro?n."

Mario Isola [Pirelli - rally manager]:

"This 150th World Rally Championship victory obtained here in Germany is a magnificent tribute to Pirelli's enduring involvement in road racing, which has spanned several decades. Since 1973 we have been supplying tyres and winning rallies all over the world, with a huge variety of different cars and conditions. These wins have come both thanks to great champions and also lesser-known drivers, but it is a real pleasure to see this landmark victory taken by Loeb, who is obviously already one of the greatest rally drivers of all time. "

"On the purely technical side, I'm pleased to see that we've maintained (and sometimes surpassed) the pace of previous rallies held here in Germany. Back then we were constantly developing the tyres and using anti-deflation mousse - a situation that is very different to the one we have now under the new control tyre rules."

Hermann Tomczyk [ADAC - president]:

"We were being congratulated by everyone, for a perfect event with a unique atmosphere and the highly impressive record crowd [with almost 270,000 fans attending from Thursday to Sunday]. The effort of the many volunteers is also impressive. They have made a decisive contribution to make this ADAC Rallye Deutschland a success, even the weather has played along in a perfect way."


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