Q:
Martin this is your third podium of the season but your first win - you said before the rally got underway this would be about survival, how tough was it to survive in a Junior car here?

Martin Prokop:
Yes it seems to be tougher that we thought. We expected hard stages, rocks and stones, but it was totally different. The stages were quite wet. Friday was very good for us, driving on slicks and we enjoyed the stages. But the afternoon was crazy for us, racing on slicks on wet tarmac. On the next two days, we had a nice gap and drove safely,

Q:
You led from the start and set some impressive times on the opening day. The JWRC drivers were allowed to use Tarmac tyres on the first day but did help or hinder you?

MP:
I think the stage where we were fourth, all the stage was downhill, but the finish was uphill and there were a lot of cuts in the gravel. More important for us was winning the Juniors and the stage times. I said before that we cannot compete with the WRC cars with the Junior cars. We enjoyed the tarmac stages when it was clean. It was twisty and we like this type of stages. Then we had hard corners on gravel and stones and it was not so nice.

Q:
Michal was putting a lot of pressure on you yesterday, taking huge chunks of time out of your lead - did you feel under pressure?

MP:
Yes. I did not expect that. He pushed hard. We chose a high car with soft springs and we were not able to stop his attack. We had to wait for service and change the car set-up for racing. Then we set some nice times and got the time back. I was worried of his attack.

Q:
Has it been odd competing against just two other Juniors? Did it feel like a normal JWRC event or not?

MP:
Yes, of course it was strange. You can decide to go just for a finish and get six points for third place or, if you want to win, you have to fight like normal. Michal was also fighting hard. Maybe Aaron (Burkart) was waiting for our mistakes. We decided to fight for the victory from the first stage.

Q:
You are in the lead in the JWRC now; it's a better start to the season than it was last year!

MP:
That's right. We can feel very nice. On the next two races Michal will drive without me. I will drive in the Production class and I can do nothing about his results. We will see in the middle of thee season what the situation is.

 

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