Sebastien Loeb [Citroen Total WRT]:

"Even though we weren't on the ideal rubber for the first loop, we were able to control from in front. Don't get me wrong; this weekend's win was no stroll. Given the delicate conditions, it was essential to have a car that was easy to drive and my C4 WRC was perfect from start to finish. Today's victory was obviously the best way possible to kick off this year's championship."

[Speaking in service H] "To tell the truth, I'm a little surprised that we didn't lose more time to Mikko! I think snow tyres were a borderline choice for this morning's conditions, but I don't regret my decision."

Daniel Sordo [Citroen Total WRT]:

"I'm very happy because coming second means that Citro?n leaves Ireland with maximum Manufacturers' points, and it was great to have a perfectly trouble-free run, too. The conditions were very difficult, and going the full distance without making any mistakes was a challenge in itself! This result is a terrific confidence booster for the rest of the season."

[Speaking in service H] "I think snow tyres were the best choice in the circumstances [for the first loop today], even though they weren't ideally suited to the rapidly drying asphalt. Like yesterday, my main objective was to defend second place."

Mikko Hirvonen [BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT]:

"This is the more difficult of the two asphalt events in the calendar and six points is a good start to the year. I'm pleased with that but would have been even happier with more. Conditions were quite extreme with so much water during the opening two days. Today there wasn't so much water, but it was just as slippery because the roads were muddy instead of just wet. It's a shame about our power steering problem because it meant I couldn't fight with Dani to the end."

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

"This is a big result for me. I worked really hard for this and it has been one of my best ever rallies. I used my head and did everything right, it's a good feeling. The weather was very bad and that made the roads very difficult, but we made no mistakes and we have proved we can be fast on tarmac now. We had a good fight with Chris on the last day which was exciting for the fans. I'm happy to have got through it and get the points for the Stobart team."

Chris Atkinson [Citroen Junior Team]:

"I braked too late [in SS18]. Consequently we lost a minute. Fourth place would have been a good result but I'm not going to be disappointed by a top five placing on such a difficult event. I was still learning the Citroen C4 WRC on this rally. The car was quick and reliable, and the Citroen Junior Team helped me to make a lot of progress with it. I hope to drive the car again very soon!"

[Speaking in service H] "We've achieved our objective [and overhauled Henning Solberg for fourth], but the conditions are still really marginal. Even through there's no standing water, the roads are still damp and there are a lot of traps to get sucked into."

Sebastien Ogier [Citroen Junior Team]:

"We learnt so much over the 350 competitive kilometres. We discovered a completely new environment, a brand new rally, and coped with horrendous conditions running behind the top drivers. Every rally we finish is a mine of information for us. It's a huge satisfaction for us to get to the finish and score some points."

[Speaking about the conditions on day 3] "The stages were really dirty. Up to now, the rain had been cleaning the roads. Today, the mud that was dragged onto the road by other competitors was just staying on the line. This made it really important to be careful and not get caught out."

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

"It was a good clean run with no major problems in what were some of the worst conditions I've seen. The stages here in Ireland are great and I really started to enjoy them on the last day when they began to dry up. The fans here have also been brilliant all weekend. I'm happy to take points away from the first round of the season, which I've never done before, so it's a good start."

Khalid Al Qassimi [BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT]:

"I've been pushing hard all week and to score my first point in such a difficult rally gives me a lot of confidence. We're trying to put Abu Dhabi on the rally map and being the first United Arab Emirates driver to score a WRC point has always been one of the goals. I'm happy I've been able to keep progressing and justify the faith shown in me. Hopefully I'll win more points before the end of the season."

Urmo Aava [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT]:

"I'm very happy that we were able to lead a WRC event and get points for the team in our first event with them. This rally has been very important to us because we got a lot of time in the car, which we are still learning about, and this gave us good experience. The car went very well and we had no problems at all with it. One mistake cost us a lot of time but apart from that the rest of the weekend was good."

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

"I've had an up and down weekend. I felt I let the team down on Friday because I came here to get good points and I only scored a few. But the past is the past, and I hope I have learned from it and don't get so excited when I'm leading in the future. This weekend was a good experience in difficult conditions and two points is better than none. After my accident I concentrated on driving cautiously but it's hard to generate the same kind of feeling in those circumstances."

Conrad Rautenbach [Citroen Junior Team]:

"We worked well with the team to adapt the car to my driving style. On Friday we got off to a good start with the right tyre choice and some encouraging times. It's a good omen for the rest of the season."

[Speaking in service H] "I didn't have a very good feeling. Maybe that was as a result of going off yesterday. I just concentrated on my driving in order to try not to make any mistakes. We're going to work with the team now to make the car a little more comfortable for me and give me a bit more confidence."

Notable retirements:

Jari-Matti Latvala [BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT]: [retired from day 1 in SS2 - went off the road - restarted on day 2 under SupeRally]

"I came into a fast left corner that tightened, with a bank on the outside. The car snapped sideways in the water and I tried to correct it, but in doing so I was forced to cut and the front left of the car hit a rock. The impact threw the car across the road and into the bank. I drove 10km to the finish with two punctures. The front left track control arm was broken and although we tried to fix it with straps, they weren't strong enough. The driveshaft also came out but we were able to repair it. I'm so disappointed and feel I have let the team down. I should have been more careful."

Urmo Aava [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT]: [retired from day 1 in SS6 - went off the road - restarted on day 2 under SupeRally]

"It's been a day of highs and lows. This morning started well and it was great to be leading for my new Stobart team at the first service. Obviously I was disappointed with my time loss this afternoon. We slid on some mud on a slow left hand corner and got beached on a ditch at the side of the road. We were pretty well stuck and it took quite a bit of time for the spectators to get us back onto the road. I have been very encouraged by my times today though and look forward to going back out tomorrow, doing more kilometres in the car and getting my confidence back."

Conrad Rautenbach [Citroen Junior Team]: [retired from day 2 in SS9 - went off the road - re-started on day 3 under SupeRally]

"It was quite a quick jump. The car got away from me and ended up in a ditch. It wasn't damaged, but we couldn't get it out."

Team principals:

Olivier Quesnel [Citroen Total WRT - team principal]:

"Our team has lost none of its hunger for success and everyone played their part to perfection, including our two crews, of course, who both put in a remarkable display given the atrocious conditions. We had been hoping to start the season with a win, if only because the 2009 calendar features just 12 rounds, with only two on asphalt. There will be a high price to pay for any mistake this year. The fact that we are leading both championships after the season's curtain-raiser means we can go into the next event in a more relaxed frame of mind. That said, we won't be favourites because the second round takes place on a terrain that tends to be more suited to the Scandinavian specialists."

Didier Clement [Citroen Total WRT - operations manager]:

"If we had been looking for outright performance in this morning's damp conditions, we would no doubt have switched to the PZero. However, given the lead S?bastien and Dani enjoyed this morning, we were able to go for the safe option. Both our two have become accustomed to the grip provided by the Sottozeros on these stages and we all believed they were the best call..."

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

"Both drivers claimed fastest times on their least favourite surface and both have gained in experience and know-how in very difficult conditions. I'm pleased Jari-Matti fought back from his first day problems and delighted also for Khalid."

Mark Deans [Ford of Europe - motorsport director]:

"This rally was all about maximising manufacturer points in an event which was less likely to favour our drivers. As we look ahead to the next round in Norway, I'm confident we can reverse that situation. To have five Focus RS WRCs finishing in the top 10 is a testament to its speed, strength and reliability. Of particular note was Khalid's impressive performance, securing his and his country's first WRC point."

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

"It's been a dream start for the Stobart team and it was fantastic to see Urmo leading on the first day; he has fitted in well with the team and showed good pace all weekend. Henning's drive here has definitely been his best ever for the team, and he put in a really controlled and measured performance in the adverse conditions. Matt has also performed well and we have seen a positive start to the championship for him, scoring points on his 50th event. All-in-all it's been a great way to kick off the new season."

Andrew Tinkler [Stobart Group - CEO]:

"We have seen another fantastic result for the Stobart team at Rally Ireland and it is a superb start to the year. All three Stobart drivers showed outstanding ability in the atrocious conditions. It was a proud moment to see a Stobart car leading the rally during the first day, and we are delighted all three scored points this weekend. Congratulations must also go to Matthew as he celebrated his 22nd birthday and 50th WRC start at Rally Ireland."

Benoit Nogier [Citroen Junior Team - team manager]:

"The overall result is remarkable. We didn't have the slightest technical problem, which underlines the excellent reliability of the C4 WRC. Chris's fifth position is an excellent result, and we hope that he will be back with the Citroen Junior Team soon as he has shown that he can mix it with the best drivers in the world. Sebastien and Conrad learnt a lot and made plenty of progress over the weekend. Over the course of the three days, Sebastien set some very promising times given the conditions. For a driver who is still learning the car, it was an excellent performance."



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