Driver / co-driver: Yurii Protasov and Pavlo Cherepin (Ford Fiesta RRC).

Press conference

Q:
What an incredible battle - just 0.5s between you and Paolo Andreucci before the last stage. How was it for you?

Yurii Protasov:
It's really good. I am very happy for this situation. All the time I was pushing and the fight with Andreucci was fast, fast, fast and it was a really interesting rally. We have very good results, the best on my career - for me it's unbelievable. I am really very happy.

Q:
How tough was the event?

Yurii Protasov:
I think you should talk to my co-driver...

Q:
Pavlo, how tough was it for you?

Pavlo Cherepin:
As for the detail of our race, we had tactics. We wanted to be like in a defending position on Friday; looking and watching what the other guys can perform. Then on Saturday and Sunday we knew the stages would suit us better. We planned to push from the first kilometre on Saturday's stages. The tactic worked well before the puncture this morning.

Q:
For a co-driver you have been talking a lot...

Pavlo Cherepin:
A very lot!

Q:
Throat sore?

Pavlo Cherepin:
Yes, I take some special exercise last night.

Q:
Were there a few nerves before the final stage?

Pavlo Cherepin:
Well, maybe some but not too much. We came to the regroup and in the second we enter the regroup and we are about to hand in the time card, the guy from television told us to leave, saying we had to open the stage. While we drive to the stage, we had the information we start after all the P1 drivers. This organisation mess made it a bit nervous for us, but not too much.

Q:
It must be a good confidence boost though?

Pavlo Cherepin:
Maybe this is one more step forward that we need. It was not so challenging rally, luckily we have one of the fastest and best drivers in the world - we made a good step this weekend!

 

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