Jari-Matti Latvala [BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT]:

"I had no chance in the conditions on the first stage this morning because the road was very frosty. The surface was rock hard and every time I hit the throttle the wheels were spinning, so I eased off. Before bends I steered the car towards the side of the road, away from the ice, to brake in the gravel where there was more grip. I'm being pressured by those behind but I really want to win here for the team. However, we've had two tricky days and tomorrow will be just as hard."

"The traffic was very heavy in the centre of the city [on the liaison section to the Cardiff stage] and we had to keep stopping and starting, using the clutch a lot. It began to smoke and I was worried that if I carried on driving it would be destroyed. So we pushed the car for 400 metres to the time control. It was very stressful."

Sebastien Loeb [Citroen Total WRT]:

"Our car continued to be nicely balanced this afternoon, so we were able to keep up a quick pace. The ground wasn't so frozen, but that made it all the more difficult to spot where the lingering patches of ice were. We tried to take things cautiously, while at the same time keeping an eye on the times of our rivals. I think we're in a good position going into the last leg."

[Speaking in the mid-day service] "The conditions were just as delicate as yesterday's. During recce, I found Resolfen to be the most difficult stage to note and I think that showed today. It wasn't as icy, but we ran the risk of starting to feel too confident and consequently being caught out. I drove as fast as I dared in order to maintain our chances of scoring as many points as possible for Citro?n, but we also did all we could to put pressure on the leaders. Striking the right balance between the two wasn't easy. That said, we are just 8.9 seconds behind them at the halfway point, so it's all looking quite promising."

Daniel Sordo [Citroen Total WRT]:

"I am very pleased with our day. My car handled perfectly and I felt very confident, especially after we succeeded in moving into third place this morning. This afternoon, we tried to keep to a speed which would enable us to defend our footing on the podium with taking any risks. I was happy with my driving, but we will need to carry on in the same vein tomorrow if we want to make sure that the 2008 Manufacturers' title goes to Citro?n."

[Speaking in the mid-day service] "I'm quite pleased with my morning. Marc [Marti] and I posted two fastest times, we didn't make any mistakes and we've gained three places. We appear to have done a good job during recce noting all the different hazards, and that has proved quite valuable despite today's different weather. I haven't lost sight of our objective, though, and I am fully focused on the Manufacturers' points we need to score this weekend."

Petter Solberg [Subaru WRT]:

"The roads are so icy here and that's where I'm losing time. Everywhere on the fast stuff I'm as fast as or faster than everybody else, but it's just on the ice that I'm losing. It's all about having consistent grip here, but the car is going forward and looking more positive. So many places I have been much faster than anybody but then we come to ice and it goes. I'm quite happy with my performance and the improvements in the car so we'll see for tomorrow. We will make some small changes to the dampers, but otherwise I'm quite happy with everything else with the car."

Per-Gunnar Andersson [Suzuki WRT]:

"I've enjoyed the stages, but after our provisional podium place yesterday, today has not been quite as good as we had hoped. I couldn't quite get the feeling that I needed to push hard, which was a little bit frustrating. I think the car works a bit better in the softer conditions of yesterday but the big thing today for us has been the ice, which was really difficult. Having said that, fifth overall is still an excellent position and we can look forward to a really exciting battle tomorrow, as Henning Solberg is right behind us."

Henning Solberg [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT]:

"It was very slippery in some places but we have made it back today and moved up a couple of places. I found a really good setting with the diff and from them my times have improved quite a bit. So, yes, a good day I would say but also very difficult. It's so hard trying to guess the amount of grip there is."

Francois Duval [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT]:

"This morning was difficult and not easy to drive with all of the ice. For me the main thing is to stay on the road and try to stay in the points as well, so everything is going to plan at the minute. The grip is varying quite a lot and it's really tricky to keep going hard without some scares. Sometimes you get the feeling that everything is safe and going ok then we have a big slide."

Toni Gardemeister [Suzuki WRT]:

"Today has been a very tough day: typical Rally Great Britain. We've had quite a good run and managed to set some decent times, particularly on the first stage, but maybe I was a bit too cautious sometimes as well. On the final stage before service the engine stopped, but it was just a small problem that we fixed at service. Now we have to keep concentrated and make sure that we avoid making any mistakes on the final day tomorrow - but we need some bad conditions to help us as well."

Mikko Hirvonen [BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT]:

"I'm trying to climb as high as I can but the aim is also to stay on the road so I'm not taking risks. There was a lot of ice this morning and it was hard to find a good rhythm. The cars ahead of me polished the ice and it was hard to tell where there was grip and where there wasn't. This afternoon was better with less ice, but the tricky part was knowing where it was. I think we all had plenty of luck in avoiding crashing because the ice was so patchy that I just didn't know if I was going to go off the road. I will keep pushing hard tomorrow and try to climb as high up the order as I can."

Matthew Wilson [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT]:

"We have had another difficult day and the conditions have remained tricky. It was very icy this morning but some patches had thawed this afternoon making it more inconsistent. We had a big scare where Ostberg crashed and were lucky that the marshals slowed us down. Hopefully the conditions will be better tomorrow as I'd like to push for points."

Barry Clark [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT]:

"The conditions were difficult again today but I'm pleased as we have put in a steady run. I slid wide this morning on a corner that tightened and we hit a big log; we were lucky to get away with minimal damage though. We had a couple of spins as well and it was just very hard to find where the grip was. But I'm happy we are up near the top-10 and I think my experience of rallying in Scotland on snow and ice has been helping me here today."

Valentino Rossi [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT]:

"Today started off well and I had a really great feeling in the first stage; there was some frost on the ground but not as much ice as yesterday. The stages got more rough on the second pass and there was a lot more gravel on the roads. I'm really enjoying this rally though and I have settled in more than the first day. The Focus feels very good now and my times are improving with every stage and that was my main aim for this rally."

Khalid Al Qassimi [BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT]:

"Everywhere was icy and I couldn't drive on it comfortably. I have no experience on this type of surface and I'm struggling to build confidence. That said, I'm still in the rally and I'm in front of some far more experienced drivers than me. If I can keep that going and finish in the top 16, I will be happy."

Notable retirements:

Chris Atkinson [Subaru WRT]: [retired from event in SS7 - went off the road and sustained a hard blow to his crash helmet]

Chris was airlifted to hospital for observation and discharged on Friday night.

Sebastien Ogier [PH Sport-Citroen C4 WRC]: [retired from day 2 in SS9 - rolled]

No comment.

Mads Ostberg [Adapta WRT Subaru WRC]: [retired from day 2 in SS14 - went off the road]

No comment.

Team principals:

Malcolm Wilson [BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT - team director]:

"Jari-Matti has been confident, despite the pressure of Loeb breathing down his neck. It was difficult for him to be first on the road and it will be difficult again tomorrow. Mikko knows how important a third manufacturers' title would be for us and his enthusiasm to battle back shows how committed he is to the team. Temperatures are forecast to drop to -6?C tonight so the roads will again be treacherous tomorrow."

Olivier Quesnel [Citroen Total WRT - team principal]:

"It was another complex day, but both our crews managed the situation superbly again. Seb and Daniel put in another masterful run and found a pace that kept the leaders under pressure without running the risk of throwing away their chances of scoring what promise to be valuable points for Citro?n. Running sixth on the road, Dani and Marc made the most of the fact that the conditions were less slippery for them, while at the same underlining the progress they have made on the loose this season. Our two C4s have run like clockwork, too, and both cars are on the overnight podium, so our chances of clinching a second title this year are looking quite promising. Everyone Citro?n Sport is extremely fired up but we still need to be very cautious. There are another four stages totalling 96.21km to come before we can be certain of the outcome."

David Richards [Subaru WRT - managing director]:

"We have seen time and again that consistency and precision are absolutely crucial to success on this rally, and the same is proving true this year. Petter and Phil have not put a wheel wrong and, along with some good stage times, have climbed to fourth today as a result. Conversely, it is shame to see Mads Ostberg retire today on stage 14 as he was running strongly for Subaru in fifth position."

Shusuke Inagaki [Suzuki WRT - team director]:

"We always knew that today would be more difficult for us than yesterday but we have succeeded in our main objective, which is to bring two cars safely to the finish, ready for the final push tomorrow. The last day of the rally is nearly as long as the preceding two days, so anything can still happen. With both cars in a points-scoring position, we are well placed to end the season on a positive note, providing we steer clear of trouble."

Malcolm Wilson [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT - team boss]:

"Today has been another tough test with all the Stobart cars again running faultlessly and making it back to Parc Ferme in one piece. The big mover today has been Valentino who has jumped nine positions up the leaderboard to 15th. It is fantastic to see his pace has improved as he is now getting used to the conditions. Tomorrow will be a very difficult day judging by the weather forecast but hopefully the Stobart crews will continue their flawless run and all make it to the finish ramp."



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