Sebastien Loeb [Citroen Total WRT]:

"It has always been in the back of my mind that I haven't won this rally. This is the perfect end to my year - and a great relief. It has been a good journey and a really good way to end the season like this. It is incredible and good for the rally to have such a close fight with Jari-Matti."

"After making sure of our fifth title in Japan, Daniel and I are really happy to have enabled Citro?n to take the Manufacturers world crown again, too. There couldn't be a better reward for this team and the fantastic season it has put in. The added bonus of winning this weekend's highly complex event is the icing on the cake. The regulations which ban gravel note crews and which dictate a single type of tyre made this rally an extremely perilous exercise. To have succeeded in steering clear of all the potential pitfalls to finally finish ahead of our rivals is tremendously satisfying."

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

"I couldn't have driven that final stage any quicker. I told myself I would be either first or second, and not waiting in the forest for a trailer to come and collect the wreckage. I'm disappointed but this is my best finish in Britain and the battle has made me mentally stronger. I now feel ready to start next season and fight for the title. I need to be better than the best because it's the winner who is remembered, not the driver who finishes second. The roads were frozen solid today and the grip changed all the time. It was hard to find a rhythm and I hit a bank on the opening stage. I took quite a few risks this morning and at times it was a scary drive."

Daniel Sordo [Citroen Total WRT]:

"Before the start, we were given a precise mission and I am delighted to say that we fulfilled it to the letter, adding a little style, too, I think. All year long, we have done our best to finish regularly in the points for Citro?n. Seeing the team win the Manufacturers' crown is the best imaginable reward for all those whose work and efforts helped make that possible."

Petter Solberg [Subaru WRT]:

"We have had some good stages and done a lot of very positive split times so it's been quite a good weekend and I'm pretty happy. I tried hard but this morning was full ice so we were on the limit definitely. We just had to settle for fourth though as we just didn't have the grip to push on the ice. I tried some small adjustment on the dampers before service but it was worse so I had to go back again for the afternoon. We knew yesterday that if there was ice this morning, we would not have a chance, but if it was normal gravel or mud, it would have been ok because that's where we have improved the car since Japan. On the fast sections I'm as fast as everyone else, just not on the ice. But we are definitely moving right. There are still a few things to sort out, but now the team have some time until next season so I'm sure we'll return strong and able to really fight."

Per-Gunnar Andersson [Suzuki WRT]:

"It's been a really good rally for me, and the highlight was obviously finishing the first day in third overall. Today we had a big gap to the car in front so it was more a question of maintaining our position and luckily the conditions were a little more consistent than they were yesterday, so that helped us. We've had no problems at all during all three days and equalled our best ever result here despite the tricky weather, so it's an extremely positive way to end the season."

Francois Duval [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT]:

"We found this rally very hard and it was difficult to really get into a rhythm. We had a few spins on the first day and after the accident in Japan I didn't have confidence to be fully committed in the fast sections. The important thing for me here was to get to the end of the rally with no problems and pick up points for the team. The rally was difficult and finding grip was not easy, sometimes the road had ice and sometimes it was just wet but it always looked the same and was very hard to judge."

Toni Gardemeister [Suzuki WRT]:

"Generally speaking there has been a surprising amount of grip today; when I opened the curtains and saw the frost this morning I thought that it would be much worse. However, we still found a patch of ice on SS17 and I had to go up the bank, otherwise we would have been off the road. Apart from that we had no real problems at all and I'm pleased to end the season with a points finish. It's very clear that we've improved the SX4 WRC a lot throughout the year in terms of both speed and reliability."

Mikko Hirvonen [BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT]:

"There was more ice than yesterday and when the sun came up it polished the surface. I had two or three close escapes but that's acceptable in these unpredictable conditions. I want to thank the whole team for helping me to second in the championship. I've had no major mechanical problems this season thanks to such a reliable car and the team has done a fantastic job. To claim this scoring record is a great achievement and I want to move into next year and challenge for the title again. I feel stronger after this season and more ready to fight for the world title again."

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

"It has been very tough from start to finish and not very nice conditions to drive in. The final day was definitely the best for us and we enjoyed it the most. The stages were so mixed and I don't have any experience of driving on frozen ice and gravel so it was hard to get the confidence to push harder. But we did the best we could, didn't make any mistakes and got the car to the finish inside the top-10. At the end of the day it's more experience for me on conditions I've never driven on before so with that in mind it's been a positive end to the season."

Barry Clark [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT]:

"It's not every day you get to drive a world rally car on your home event so I really enjoyed the experience. We have had a great year, three rallies and three top-10 finishes on three different surfaces. You have to remember I'm competing against the best drivers in the world who do this for a living so I think we have proven a point this year. I would just like to thank Malcolm Wilson for all his help in making this possible and hopefully I will get a chance again next year as there is definitely more to come."

Patrik Flodin [Subaru Impreza WRX]: [PWRC winner]

"Wow! Thanks to all the team. They've done an extremely good job. It is such a great feeling to win the class. I didn't know I'd won until you told me. I'm so happy after the disappointment of Finland. I was very worried about [Patrik] Sandell. It has been a hard weekend and I have to thank my mechanics for helping me clinch the victory."

Valentino Rossi [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT]:

"I'm very happy today, firstly to finish the rally and secondly to set some very good times on the four stages today. The car was fantastic and I was finding it easy to drive when we got a precise setting. My approach here was to take the race step-by-step and try not to make any mistakes and this worked well. I think this rally was very difficult and finishing it makes me very happy indeed. The Focus was really nice to drive and it's been fantastic working with the Stobart team; they are all very friendly and hopefully we will get a chance to work again together."

Andreas Aigner [Mitsubishi Lancer Evo]: [second in PWRC / won Production title]

"The last stage was murder. I checked the trip clock and the kilometres couldn't go past quick enough. To win this [the PWRC] is so important for my family, my team and my sponsors. I have had a hard two years of learning but I know that I can only get better."

Guy Wilks [Mitsubishi Lancer Evo]: [won BRC title and third in PWRC]

"It has been a hard weekend and a hard championship, and not an easy year. It stalled in the middle of the year and it is nice to finish with a win. I have had two good co-drivers especially when we had to regroup after the problems with the Trackrod rally. There will be a few drinks tonight and that will involve champagne. It is good to defend the [BRC] title back-to-back although not such a good year in terms of results. There is nothing to tell you about next year yet, and until I am sitting on the start line I won't believe we have a deal. I never gave up on this rally. Many times we have fought back to take some valuable points."

Conrad Rautenbach [PH Sport-Citroen C4 WRC]:

"I've learned an awful lot this year. There have been many ups and downs and some things could have gone better. If I get a full programme next year I hope to improve further."

Khalid Al Qassimi [BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT]:

"Just finishing this event feels like a victory! This is without doubt the hardest WRC event I have ever taken part in. Just finding the necessary grip to feel confident in the car was near impossible and it means a lot to me to have reached the finish."

Sebastien Ogier [PH Sport-Citroen C4 WRC]:

"This weekend has been crazy for me. To have led on day one was really surprising - but I stayed calm. Yes there have been good and bad bits, but I have another drive with Citroen next year and I can look to fix those mistakes quickly. I have had a wonderful time here in Wales."

Notable retirements:

Chris Atkinson [Subaru WRT]: [retired from event in SS7 - went off the road and sustained a hard blow to his crash helmet]

Chris was airlifted to hospital for observation and discharged on Friday night.

Sebastien Ogier [PH Sport-Citroen C4 WRC]: [retired from day 2 in SS9 - rolled. Re-started on Sunday under the SupeRally format]

No comment.

Henning Solberg [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT]: [retired from event in SS18 - suspension]

"Obviously I'm disappointed we didn't finish the event but I had to have a go to try and catch Andersson. We ran slightly wide and over some rocks which damaged the rear suspension so it wasn't really the best way to end off the year. This was a difficult event for everyone and we started off slowly here as the conditions were so tricky and finding grip on the frozen gravel was hard. We did find a really good setting with the diff on Saturday and after that we set some good times so I was pleased with that."

Team principals:

Olivier Quesnel [Citroen Total WRT - team principal]:

"After the happy experience of seeing Seb and Daniel win the Drivers title in Japan, it was fantastic to share the same thrill today now that Citro?n has made sure of the Manufacturers' crown. Securing a second title in this weekend's difficult conditions gives the occasion a very special flavour, too. This rally really sums up the season that has just come to an end: it was fiercely fought and very close. Our crews were both quick and reliable, however, and today's double podium has given us another chance to fly the brand's flag high and proud. At the beginning of the year, our objective was the championship double; we have now succeeded, and that is so satisfying. We have no intention of resting on our laurels, though. The 2009 season is fast approaching and, after savouring the present moment, everyone at Citro?n Sport will soon be back at work preparing the defence of these two titles."

Gilles Michel [Citroen - executive vice-president]:

"Winning both World Championship titles means we have met the objective we set ourselves at the beginning of the year. It also shows what the Citro?n brand is capable of achieving. I would like to congratulate our two crews on the mature way they approached this year's challenge and on their competitiveness. I would also like to extend my praise to everyone at Citro?n Sport for their motivation and professionalism. Once again, they have done a truly remarkable job. Last but not least, the C4 WRC showed its potential and effectiveness each time out this year and that, I believe, speaks volumes for the brand's high level of creativity and automotive technology."

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

"It was an incredible performance by Jari-Matti against a five-time world champion. He was under severe pressure and he's made a big step in his career path with a performance that is good for his confidence. Mikko recovered well and has enjoyed a fantastic year. It's a great achievement to score points on every rally."

Mark Deans [Ford of Europe - motorsport director]:

"We're disappointed not to win a third consecutive manufacturers' title after taking the battle down to the final round. But the Focus RS WRC proved its ability once more here with five cars in the top 10, and we look forward to renewing our challenge for title again in 2009."

David Richards [Subaru WRT - managing director]:

"Petter and Phil [Mills] drove well this weekend and we saw them deliver some very encouraging stage times in incredibly tricky conditions. It is a shame to have just missed out on a podium at home, but nevertheless it marks the end of a year in which we have seen the performance of our new car consistently improving and there are yet more positives we can take from this weekend into the winter break as we continue our preparations for next season."

Shusuke Inagaki [Suzuki WRT - team director]:

"The Wales Rally Great Britain is renowned for providing an extremely tough challenge, but conditions this year have been even worse than anticipated. Nonetheless, our cars have been extremely reliable and our drivers have kept them on the road. As a result, we have once more brought both the SX4 WRCs home in the points without problems for the second consecutive time. This is a sign of the very real progress we have made, and I would like to thank everybody in the team for all their efforts over the course of the season."

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

"What a fantastic weekend for the team with all three Stobart liveried cars finishing with no problems. There has been so much excitement with Valentino in the team and his presence here has been a massive boost to the squad; his times today have been remarkable. All the crews have driven well in what proved to be the most difficult event in the championship and the team have collected more manufacturer points on their 50th WRC rally."

Andrew Tinkler [Stobart Group - CEO]:

"It's been another fantastic result for the Stobart team and a great way to finish off the year. Valentino's presence has really raised our game and he has been an inspiration to everyone in the team. Matt has driven well in terrible conditions and Fran?ois has claimed more points for the team once again; I believe there has been only one event this year we haven't scored points. So, yes, a great way to end the year for Stobart."

Mario Isola [Pirelli - rally manager]:

"As could maybe have been expected, conditions on the Rally Great Britain in December were very cold and slippery. Nonetheless, our Scorpion tyres have coped well with the challenge and demonstrated a high degree of driveability, as has been the case throughout the whole of the year. It's clear that when you have exactly the same tyre that needs to be used in a wide variety of places and weather conditions, it becomes a question of finding the best compromise - which we believe that we have found. It is also worth nothing that, contrary to some peoples' fears before the start of the season, there has been an extremely limited number of punctures over the course of the year and this was also the case on the Wales Rally Great Britain. In conclusion, it has been an extremely successful first season for Pirelli, and now we look forward with optimism to 2009."



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