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PWRC: Q&A: Patrik Flodin and Mikko Markkula.

Driver / co-driver: Patrik Flodin and Goran Bergsten (Subaru Impreza).



Press conference.


Q:
Patrik, your first PWRC event win, congratulations!

Patrik Flodin:
Thank you very much! It feels great, especially here in Rally GB. Motorsport here is really big so it is a wonderful day to do this.

Q:
We have seen you win in the Group N class but this is your first Production win – how does it compare?

PF:
This is bigger, for sure. Here you have all the best drivers from Production and also you have the drivers from the British Rally Championship so the local drivers here are very, very fast as well. But we were a little bit better also!

Q:
Did you imagine before the event you would actually win here?

PF:
No, when I saw the stages during the recce I thought this would be a tricky rally but after the first stages when I saw that our time was really good the goal from then was to be on the podium at the end of the rally. I didn't expect to win and to also be the first Subaru. It is so good to be that guy!

Q:
Patrik Sandell was certainly putting on the pressure on – how did that feel?

PF:
Actually after the first stage in the morning we were beating Sandell by 40 seconds so I thought, okay, maybe this is quite easy. But then he took 30 seconds from me in the next stage and I noticed when we came to the service that we had a problem with the centre diff and also we had run out of gas in the front suspension damper so after the service he had only a one second lead and we tried our best to take it back. We won the next one by 10 seconds so by the last stage our lead was 11 seconds. I know it could have been a really good battle but unfortunately he had to stop. And I won!

Q:
It is the first win for the Group N Subaru after what has been a difficult debut year for the car…

PF:
Yes, and Subaru need it. Hopefully the car will be even better next year so it can start to win some other rallies!

Q:
It's been a fight this weekend in difficult conditions, but has it been enjoyable?

PF:
Some stages yes, but in these icy and slippery conditions it was more scary because you know that you have to do it otherwise some other guy will take the lead from you. So from that point it wasn't fun to drive.

Q:
You were obviously really putting on the pressure to take that win and you've got it here. You have won, but what about next year? Is anything sorted out for next season?

PF:
Not really. But we are working to get the budget because we really want to do the Production Championship again next year together with the Russian team. So we don't know at the moment but maybe this win will help us.

Q:
What was the atmosphere like in the car going into the final stage?

Goran Bergsten:
We didn't have time to think about it because we had a problem with the car on the road section. There was a pipe to the left rear brake that had broken so we had to repair the car. We did it with only one minute to go in the time control so we were all muddy and sweaty by the time we started the last stage. It was only flat out then.

Q:
When you came through the last stage you obviously were unaware that you had won. You were pretty calm – until you were told!

GB:
You should have seen the two last corners! That was a pretty scary moment!


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