Driver / co-driver: Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari and Marshall Clarke (Ford Fiesta RRC).

Press conference

Q:
Congratulations to you both. Abdulaziz, a great start for you and a win in one of the toughest events we've seen so far on the Championship calendar. Argentina is a classic, how are you feeling at the end of it?

Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari:
Very good. It's a very good feeling when you win and it was one of the toughest rallies of my life. But, as I said before the rally, I have good experience in tough rallies because I come from Qatar and the desert where we have very tough rallies, so that helped me a lot. I knew when to push and when to go slow. Honestly we drove really well the first day. We got a good gap and of course the penalty for Protasov helped us. And then, yesterday and today, we didn't push much. This was the secret to win this rally. I'm very happy to win for the second time this rally out of the three times that I came to Argentina. I'm really happy to win again.

Q:
You mentioned the roughness and the similarities to what you have at home and that you are used to rough events. Did you enjoy the stages here?

Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari:
Of course, especially Agua de Oro, the long stage, I enjoyed it a lot. I really like this stage and I wish I could do a lot of stages like that because you have to be clever. There were three or four different parts in the stage, different gravel, different twists, some places were really tricky, some of them fast and wide, so it's important to know where to push and where not to. I enjoy the stage a lot.

Q:
Great points for the Championship. Looking ahead to the other rallies, where else do you think you are going to be strong?

Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari:
Before this rally, we were 11th in WRC 2 because we did only Mexico, but now after this win I'm second or third in the championship and it is really good. Now we are going to a very tough rally in Portugal. There it will be very difficult with very fast European drivers, but Portugal is a new rally so it will be the first time for everyone. This will show who has good pace notes, who trusts his notes... It will be fun there.

Q:
Talking about notes. How did it all work between you this weekend?

Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari:
This is our third rally together. We started in Mexico, then Kuwait and the third is a win in Argentina. He's a very cool guy, always tries to cool me down when I get nervous about anything. We really enjoy to rally together and of course he has good experience which helps me in the rally car and the good thing is that I scored my best result ever in the WRC. I'm seventh here. My best was 10th in the overall, but this is the best result and I'm happy to give him the first time in the top 10.

Q:
Marshall, great result for you guys. As Abdulaziz said, a win in WRC 2 but within the WRC top 10 as well. A really clever drive out there this weekend...

Marshall Clarke:
Yes. It was a controlled drive to be honest. Obviously it's great to finish and to win in WRC 2. It was just a question of avoiding the rocks and trying to be steady more than showing a great speed, because speed can come; there is no problem with the speed. So it was good to be able to manage and control your speed to get the result. It was what we tried to do this weekend and we succeeded.

Q:
Talk to me about the rally from a co-driver's perspective. Abdulaziz said he loved Agua de Oro, from your perspective how was it out there? Did you enjoy it?

Marshall Clarke:
I enjoyed every moment. This is my first time here and I think the stages are absolutely fantastic. Apart from being rough in some places, but that was the same for everybody. In general I thought every stage was very good. He prefers Agua de Oro, I prefer San Marcos.

Q:
As you said , it was a controlled drive. From the outside it didn't look as if you guys had any problems at all, but where the any moments?

Marshall Clarke:
No, nothing to report.

Q:
How does it feel to get the first win in WRC 2 and to be within the WRC top 10?

Marshall Clarke:
It's a special feeling, absolutely. I think this is my third win; I won PWRC in Rally Ireland, WRC 3 in Finland and now WRC 2 in Argentina. Every one is very special, but this one is fantastic because of having the overall points. What else can you ask for?

 

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