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Rallye Deutschland: Rally reactions - Day 3.

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]:



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