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JWRC: France - Post-event press conference.

Driver / co-driver: Martin Prokop and Jan Tomanek (Citroen C2 S1600).



Press conference.


Q:
Congratulations Martin, your third win in as many events. You are becoming a regular feature on the top step of the podium!

Martin Prokop:
It looks like it but I'm a bit downhearted about the season. The best feeling is coming now. We didn't fight with Sébastien (Ogier) in the last race. It's nice to win three rallies, but we would like to make something better than we did last year in Juniors. It's nice to be here but I'm still a bit disappointed.

Q:
You have had great success in the second half of the season, it's a shame this didn't happen sooner.

MP:
Yeah but the times are coming, sometimes good, sometimes bad. We had quite a good speed on every race, it didn't matter if it was tarmac or gravel - all of the time we were in the points. Then we had some problems and when we were speaking together it was about the problems. The team all did a very good job. Let's see if we can try it again.

Q:
It seemed to be a problem-free run through this weekend? Was it?

MP:
We had a very good morning. We were leading and then the other guys speeded up, it was tough to catch the speed. When we were flat out in the last stage of the day, we had a puncture and lost a lot of time. I was a little bit disappointed. I didn't know what I can make from Pierre (Campana) and the others, they were very fast. The next morning we pushed as hard as possible, the times were almost the same as Pierre – we were a little bit scared. Pierre decided to slow down and not fight for the first place. We did some good times and made the lead. After that we pushed really hard and did some good times again and made a good lead. Today we tried to avoid hitting some big stones. This rally has been a very good event, but rough.

Q:
Were you taking a cautious approach?

MP:
It's a strange event. Friday was difficult and today the stages were incredible. It was more and more difficult. We know the stages are very easy to make a mistake. It's easy to get a puncture – the WRCs can cut where we can't. If we cut we can hit some small piece of tarmac. Luckily we could slow down in these places today.

Q:
And what about next year?

MP:
We have to decide what we will do. For sure we will be in Production Car Championship and start with S2000 then we will think about joining Juniors and try to be Champions. The team is ready for this. It would be a shame to finish with Juniors. We'll soon decide about next year.


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Martin Prokop (CZ) Jan Tomanek (CZ) Citroen C2 S1600
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