Sebastien Loeb [Citroen Total WRT]:

"It's sometimes nice when it's stops. Mentally, this has been a very tough rally. It got very tense when I learnt that Mikko had narrowed the gap on this morning's first stage, but we didn't ease up, even if that did mean having one or two hairy moments! Going into the last stage, I knew that even a small mistake would ruin all the hard work we have put in this weekend. Everything turned out well, however, and it's great to have won this rally for the first time. It's been a fantastic rally and the conditions were perfect form start to finish. Our C4 WRC was a big ally, too, in terms of both its performance and its reliability."

[Speaking after SS20] "We managed to match Mikko's time for the three stages, so we more than limited the damage. The closer we get to the end of the rally, the harder it will be for him to bridge the gap. That said, I don't really know what sort of conditions to expect for the second pass."

Mikko Hirvonen [BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT]:

"This was the best winter rally I've competed on - and I have driven many. It was fantastic to drive on the edge in snow and ice for three days, and to be involved in such a great battle. To be split by less than 10sec after more than 360km of competition says it all. The line between making a small mistake and being perfect at those speeds is so tiny and I couldn't have done any more. I took so many risks but we both had to do that because the competition was so close. I'm disappointed to be second. I lost the rally yesterday because I couldn't respond to Loeb's speed then. It wasn't the result I wanted but I'm glad that we went down fighting and it was a hugely enjoyable battle."

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

"I'm happy to score a podium but at the same time disappointed not to be able to fight for victory. They are good points for myself and the team but my chances really ended on Saturday morning. I should have softened the suspension settings earlier so I can look in the mirror and see the reason why I didn't challenge the top two drivers. If I could start this weekend again, I would redo the mornings. The grip level was good then and I should have trusted that and taken greater advantage. I wasn't in a hurry today because there was no competition. I relaxed and enjoyed the driving."

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

"I'm very happy. I have the top three drivers in the world in the top three rally cars ahead of me. It was the perfect rally in terms of the stages and its organisation which made it very enjoyable and it means a lot to me to be the first Norwegian home in the rally. It was good fun to race against Petter this weekend but now I can say I am the fastest Solberg and I want to try and keep it like that. Now I'm also fourth in the drivers' championship; that's also a fantastic reward for me."

Daniel Sordo [Citroen Total WRT]:

"It wasn't an easy day. Our aim was to make sure of scoring Manufacturers' points for Citro?n but I wasn't one hundred per cent relaxed this morning, especially on the first stage where I was using my pacenotes from 2007. I went better second time round and I am pleased with this afternoon's result which means Citro?n stays 10 points clear at the top of the table."

Petter Solberg [PS WRT-Citroen Xsara WRC]:

"I would say this is a dream result. I've put together a new team with my friends and family and I must thank them all. On Saturday and today we had some problems. But we are at the finish and I think sixth place is good. The next rally is Cyprus and I hope I will be faster there."

[Speaking after SS20] "It's been a good morning, we've been taking some time from Matthew but you know I am here for fun. I want to get to the finish of the rally and then maybe we can think about the rest of the year."

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

"Overall it has been a very positive weekend for me. I'm happy with my driving but I'm kicking myself because there were a few places where I was just too cautious and probably dropped too much time. It was great to be fighting with a driver of Petter's calibre and experience though, and we can take a lot away from that. Picking up points for the second rally in a row was important and we want to keep doing that as the season progresses; it has put me sixth in the championship and that's a great feeling."

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

"That was a tough rally. On the first day we didn't find the right rhythm and made some little mistakes which cost us too much time. Saturday morning was much the same but after that we started to get into better shape and it became more enjoyable. Our times were a lot better today so I'm happy about that. This rally is about experience and I picked up some important lessons about the set-up for snow events; we made some good progress during the event."

Mads ?stberg [Adapta AS Subaru Impreza WRC]:

"It was a very difficult rally. We had a lot of problems. I'm glad that we are at the finish."

[Speaking after SS20] "We had some problems with the dampers this morning but I think we have fixed it. The times have improved this morning, we should have done this on day 1."

Sebastien Ogier [Citroen Junior Team]:

"It was a very rewarding rally. I'm happy with my performances even though we made a few mistakes. But when the opportunity presented itself, we could be quick. That's a very positive sign for the future."

[Speaking after SS20] "I found it quite difficult to find the right pace on the first stage. Afterwards, I was able to relax a bit and attack more in the next two stages. I'm beginning to have a really good feeling at the wheel of the Citroen C4 WRC in these tricky conditions."

Evgeny Novikov [Citroen Junior Team]:

"It was vital for us to be at the end of this rally, on our debut in the Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC. Although we had a few problems, we can draw a positive conclusion from this first experience. The car is very competitive. We've learnt a lot and I can't wait to get to Cyprus now!"

[Speaking after SS20] "The Citroen C4 WRC is really competitive. I still need to learn a bit more about it but I find the braking and the power from the engine absolutely exceptional. During the first three stages, I made a few small mistakes. In particular, I stalled in the first stage. Then we hit a snowbank and also we went straight on. It's all part of learning."

Patrik Sandell [Skoda Fabia S2000]: [PWRC winner]

"It was a great moment when I won the JWRC in 2006. But today has to be one of the best days in my career. My first PWRC win, especially with a new car and a new team - my first event with the Red Bull Rally Team couldn't have gone any better. Many thanks to the entire team. I'm over the moon with joy!"

Notable retirements:

P-G Andersson [Skoda Fabia WRC]: [retired from event before SS13 - clutch failure]

[Speaking just before exit after SS12] "I have no clutch and I have also lost two rear bumpers. I am a bit worried now..."

Conrad Rautenbach [Citroen Junior Team]: [retired from event after SS23 - engine]

"We've enjoyed ourselves enormously this weekend. The conditions were fantastic. At the end of this event, I feel more comfortable in the car and I'm keen to get to Cyprus now."

[Speaking after SS20] "Everything's going fine. We're not taking any big risks as the gaps in front and behind are quite big. During the first loop of stages, we made a few corrections to our pace notes."

Team principals:

Olivier Quesnel [Citroen Total WRT - team principal]:

"We began the weekend as outsiders but the rally unfolded much the same way as it did in Finland in 2008. Hats off to Mikko Hirvonen. He put up a great fight, and I think both drivers were at the same level here in Norway. It was very close. By winning their 20th different World Championship round, S?bastien and Daniel have provided further evidence of their extraordinary versatility. Dani also had a good run. We held him back a bit today because it was vital for us to make sure we scored points if ever S?bastien hit a problem. Once again, he has made a key contribution to Citro?n's overall result."

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

"This was a great team performance. Mikko gave it everything, and for the result to be as close as it was, is an indication of how hard both were trying. Jari-Matti had a solid weekend, and his pace yesterday afternoon when he won two stages, was encouraging. Both cars ran faultlessly all weekend and Focus RS WRCs won 11 of the 23 stages, so we can go away from here feeling confident."

Mark Deans [Ford of Europe - motorsport director]:

"On just its second appearance in the WRC, it [Rally Norway] has the makings of a classic and the close finish owed much to the great organisation. It was a thrilling spectacle for the thousands of fans who braved numbing temperatures in the forests and the small margin between the two drivers throughout the weekend augurs well for the year."

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

"This has been another great team performance and it just demonstrates the strength of this Stobart squad now that all crews have scored points on the first two events of the series. I'm extremely happy to see Henning perform so well on his home rally and Matthew was pushing hard also to take the fight to Petter. This is a really impressive start to the year for the Stobart team."

Andrew Tinkler [Stobart Group - CEO]:

"I'm really proud of all the guys, they have done a fantastic job at both Rally Ireland and now here in Norway. Henning has delivered a sterling performance and Matthew demonstrated a lot of potential to battle with Petter during the last two days. With all three crews in the top eight I think the Stobart team is really going from strength to strength."

Benoit Nogier [Citroen Junior Team - manager]:

"Just as was the case in Ireland, our three Citroen C4 WRCs have got to the end of Rally Norway. Our crews were able to build up experience that will certainly be extremely useful for the future. After a good opening day we had to endure a painful Saturday, but everything fell back into place today. Sebastien did an extremely good job and came close to setting a fastest time on the second run through the longest stage of the rally [Valer]. Evgeny also showed his potential by driving at the same pace as the frontrunners by the end of the rally. As for Conrad, he drove a consistent rally on very specialised terrain."

Raimund Baumschlager [Red Bull Rallye Team - team boss]: [PWRC]

"It's a great day for me and BRR as well - to finish the season opener on the top step, and then the debut win for the Skoda Fabia S2000 on top of that. Congratulations to the entire team, but especially to Patrik, who delivered an extraordinary performance."

"We knew that we would be a little short on top speed compared with the competition on the final day. That was solely because of the gear ratio - which however was the correct one if you look at the rally in its entirety. Otherwise we would have had serious problems on the first two days."

Mario Isola [Pirelli - rally manager]:

"We're delighted that our new snow tyre has made such a competitive and problem-free debut in these extremely wintry conditions, where temperatures were sometimes close to minus 30 degrees Celsius. Although this tyre is of a different design to our asphalt and gravel rally tyres, it is still closely related to Pirelli's road car products, underlining the fact that motorsport provides us with the ultimate research and development tool for our high-performance and all-weather road tyres."



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