Driver / co-driver: Andreas Aigner and Klaus Wicha (Red Bull Rally Team-Mitsubishi Lancer).

Press conference.

Q:
Congratulations Andreas, your first-ever win in the P-WRC. How does it feel?

Andreas Aigner:
My feeling is very, very good. After the off in Sweden the pressure has been a little bit higher already, so I'm really happy to be here and I didn't expect that I could win; but, I'm very happy with the three days. We were only pushing on the first stage and especially in the first two stages, and after that, we tried to keep the gap like it is. And I am here and we have one minute left to the second place, so it's quite okay.

Q:
Certainly you seemed like a very confident driver this weekend. Did you experience any problems at all?

AA:
Not, at all. We are very strong, quick as well. The team prepared the car very well and we had only one small moment in the last stage - El C?ndor - where we hit a stone but nothing broke on the car so everything is okay.

Q:
Klaus this must feed your confidence for the remaining rounds in the PWRC. We know that you both want to go for the title this year. This is a great confidence boost, isn't it?

Klaus Wicha:
Yes, I think we try to get the title or at least to match the other guys. It's a strong Championship so normally everybody in the Championship can win, and like Andreas said, after the retirement in Sweden this was a good opportunity to come back and fight against all the others. Yeah, I'm looking forward to Greece and even Turkey.

Q:
What was it like inside the car this weekend because you both were leading for the majority of the rally? Was it quite stressful inside the car?

AA:
We started the rally okay. The weather conditions in the whole weekend were completely difficult and we took it, let's say, quite carefully in the first one pushing a little bit better on the second one, Ascochinga, and then we won there a little, and after that we tried to keep the gap and tried to keep all the guys behind us.

Q:
I know you did a good job Andreas, but Nasser Al-Attiyah really was starting to move up the leader board. I know there was a big gap between you, but he was starting to narrow it. Did you feel any pressure at all from the guys behind?

AA:
Yes, for sure. Nasser was pushing very hard on the second day and we know yesterday that he had some problems on the uphill twisty parts. I knew today in the first stage, this stage was almost uphill and twisty, normally it's no problem to keep him behind us, so I try to relax but it's impossible to relax when the stage is El C?ndor or Mina Clavero because the conditions are so difficult.

Q:
But you didn't lose your focus once this weekend at all; what was your approach to each day?

AA:
I think it's very difficult to drive like this when you are leading and with a gap of one minute or more, it's very difficult to make the real tactics, but I think it's going really well and we kept the gap in the middle of the second day. I wasn't a bit afraid that I slow down too much. But I think it was the right choice to do like this.

Q:
Now, it's the first gravel event for you with the new Pirellis. What do you think of the performance of the tyres this weekend?

AA:
The tyres are for sure quite strong, I think it was not the best tyres for this condition when it's like muddy or raining, but Pirelli are quite strong. I think now the problems are the rings and the suspension.

Q:
Looking to the whole season, what rallies do you think you can be strong on? Obviously your first win in PRWC has come here in Argentina, but where else you think you can possibly pick up another?

AA:
I think the next two events are very good for me, I like Greece and Turkey. I did not so bad in the past, and I think I will be very strong there, and after that it's New Zealand, completely new for me. I have to look what happens there.

 

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