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JWRC: Pre-event press conference - Spain.

Drivers: Francesco Fanari (Citroen) and Michal Kosciuszko (Suzuki).


Press conference.


Q:
I hear you've been ill, are you feeling any better?

Francesco Fanari:
Yes the doctor has done a good job for me. I'm fully fit for the rally.

Q:
Your result in Germany gave you a points' score that nobody else could beat for the Rookie classification – which means you are the Rookie winner in the JWRC. Was that your goal this year?

FF:
I'm happy for this. I start the Championship to win this classification and to increase my experience. Now I'm very happy.

Q:
Are you pleased with your performance this season? What have thought of the C2R2 Max?

FF:
Maybe I have too much problems. The first year, maybe it's normal. I prefer to not have problems, but it's a strange year. It's okay. It's the same. The car is fast. We have the good development during all of the year. I'm very happy. It's the right car to start this Championship.

Q:
Now you are the Rookie winner, will you approach this event differently?

FF:
I don't have pressure. I can drive as fast as possible. I can only enjoy the car.

Q:
This is very different to Germany, it's faster – what did you think of it from what you saw on the recce?

FF:
I like a lot this race. It looks a lot like the Italian special stages. I hope it will be a very good race.

Q:
Do you have any plans for next year?

FF:
I have big plans, but the problem is for all of the drivers the same: budget. I like to race on gravel. I would like to do the PWRC. It's too expensive for me now. I will decide at the end of the year.

Q:
Michal, there are still four drivers that can win the Junior World Rally Championship – Ogier, Gallagher, Burkhart and yourself. How positive are you feeling about your chances?

Michal Kosciuszko:
Of course, it's all still open. There are two rallies. It will be tough battle. We need maximum points and I hope we will be able to fight to win here. Both Citroën drivers are very fast and [Kris] Meeke is fast in the R3 car. It will be a tough battle. We had a test last Sunday in Italy. The car is set-up well, it's comfortable on tarmac. At home in Poland, most rallies are tarmac. I hope my speed will be enough to fight to be in the top three, but of course I would like to win.

Q:
How much testing have you been doing on this surface in preparation for the final two events of the season? What's most important on this rally?

MK:
In Catalunya, you need to keep the correct line. It's a very difficult and long rally – especially on Sunday. You need to stay focused from the start to the end of the rally and to have a perfect set-up. If you can set the car up well at shakedown you will have a big advantage. I hope we can do that.

Q:
How much do want the title this year and how much will you risk for it on the stages?

MK:
I can take all the risks necessary, but I also need to think points. If the gap's too big between the C2 guys and us, we need to think what to do next. It's all open for now; we need to think about what we do now when the rally starts.

Q:
You have been part of the Suzuki Team Europe this year – how important has that support been?

MK:
The support is incredible. I can feel the professionalism in the team. They help me with their knowledge, they have many new ideas. I try to use that knowledge. I have one of the best S16 cars in the group. At the moment, I still have a chance to be first at the end of the season; that shows how good the car is.

Q:
And what about next year? Will we see you back within the JWRC?

MK:
For sure I would like to stay in the WRC. Maybe in a Junior car. Maybe next season, I don't know, each driver has the same problem – it's not just Francesco. Maybe the end of the season will be lucky for me.


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