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JWRC: Q&A: Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia.

Driver / co-driver: Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia (Citroen C2 S1600).



Press conference.


Q:
FIA Junior World Rally Champion 2008 – how does that sound?

Sebastien Ogier:
I am very happy. It's a perfect moment in the perfect place. We are in France and I have a lot of fans and family here. The perfect moment.

Q:
You have won the Championship on home soil, in front of your family and friends; what did it feel like when you crossed the finish line?

SO:
Yeah, for sure, tonight we will have a big party with everybody. All of the week they have supported us and it's always good to have a lot of support.

Q:
You were driving for safety this weekend, how difficult was that?

SO:
No for sure it was a difficult weekend. After my mistake in Spain I come here with a little bit of pressure and what can I say, we always lead the Championship so I just say I need to finish. I know I am fast when I want. Here I want no problem and no puncture. I got that. I want to thank the French Federation and Citroën for getting me here.

Q:
Today has been a particularly difficult day on the stages, you were battling with Campana today. Did you increase your pace on the final day?

SO:
No, not really. He had the problem with the tyre. We went slowly today because there is a big gap. I try to stay concentrated and I stay in a good rhythm. I stay concentrated.

Q:
What about the future Sébastien; everyone wants to know when we will see you in WRC car, could that be this year?

SO:
I don't know. You need to ask my boss. Already Japan, normally not. Maybe Rally GB but for the moment it's not certain. It could be good. This car, we can learn the rally. For the future for sure we want to go in the WRC as soon as possible.

Q:
How are you going to celebrate tonight?

SO:
With a big party and all the family and fans. It's also a difficult moment this night, especially in the morning!

Q:
Congratulations, on your first title – how are you feeling now that it's all over?

Julien Ingrassia:
I said to Sébastien this is a great moment. We were expecting that since last week and my message is one of thanks for everyone in the team. PH Sport, everybody who is supporting us this year.

Q:
What was the atmosphere like in the car during the weekend – relaxed or nervous?

JI:
This was not a holiday, but we took a slow rhythm, a better rhythm to be concentrated.

Q:
And when you crossed the finish line of the final stage what did you do?

JI:
The sky fell down, you don't know what happened! A big joy. So quickly you begin to think to the future.


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