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In attendance:

Andreas Mikkelsen/Elliott Edmondson (Toksport WRT), first express

Dani Sordo/Cándido Carrera (Group MRF Tyres), 2nd express

Efrén Llarena/Sara Fernández (Rallye Group Spain), third express

Q:

It used to be a limited little bit of ago in case you lost stood up right here after tasting victory, how does it feel a lot of years later?

AM:

It’s 9 years since I was right here the closing time, 2012, and we managed to defend discontinuance the rally. I never forgot that victory on memoir of I truly perform love this express. This island is magical, one amongst my popular rallies in the enviornment and I’m so entirely happy to be again, the folk are so sure and so entirely happy. I hope it’s no longer one more 9 years.

Q:

You might took sustain of the tournament in the closing three phases nonetheless how irritating used to be it this weekend?

AM:

The rally used to be very irritating this weekend for the reason that day past used to be plump of rain, very foggy, very muddy and this day used to be severely better circumstances so you might perchance also simply have all styles of diversified circumstances available. It used to be a agreeable topic. The closing stage, Sete Cidades, used to be unparalleled and so many folk diversified there watching. I’m so entirely happy we received truly wonderful climate on that stage for the reason that TV footage will be completely unparalleled, to point to the enviornment how unparalleled the Azores is.

Q:

Championship-clever that’s one more massive, huge haul of parts as neatly?

AM:

For the championship it appears to be like to be like truly, truly correct now. We have a large lead so I’m truly waiting for attending to Fafe, again to Portugal all but again already in two weeks.

Q:

It’s been a whirlwind closing three weeks, the take a look at with Andreas in Italy, then the Acropolis Rally and now right here. There’s a limited little bit of soiled washing to be finished now nonetheless hundreds of it has been soaked in champagne…

EE:

We odor of champagne all but again, which is rarely a rotten thing. It’s been a moderately nerve-racking three weeks truly, we’ve long gone from one thing straight to the next. Fortuitously they’ve long gone truly neatly and this has correct been the icing on the cake to bag a defend discontinuance right here as neatly. It’s been a supreme three weeks and no longer time to neat all the pieces and relax a limited bit.

Q:

How irritating were the circumstances the day gone by for a co-driver?

EE:

It’s traditional Azores truly. Sunny all week after which you bag to the starting point of the well-known stage and it’s all foggy and also you might perchance also’t survey one thing. It’s very irritating when it’s love that, it’s tricky nonetheless we made correct notes and it’s better to be foggy on the rally and selected the recce as a minimum so you know your notes are correct. I correct need to belief the notes and he correct has to belief me saying the notes and it’s clearly labored out neatly.

Q:

First time on the rally, first time with the MRF tyres, 2nd express overall and also you led at instances as neatly, how happy are you?

DS:

Truthfully we are truly entirely happy to be right here in Azores, it’s, without a doubt an unparalleled express for rallying with hundreds of spectators. For the final consequence I was truly entirely happy. I was leading at one point nonetheless Andreas used to be truly, truly discontinuance and used to be pushing plenty. It used to be no longer decided he would push that powerful nonetheless after he made a step and used to be truly posthaste. Truthfully with the tyres I’m truly entirely happy. We’re working to manufacture them even better nonetheless on the 2nd they are working quite correct and the group of workers were working safe without a mistakes so in the end we took the 2nd express and now we are in a position to push a limited bit more for the next tournament.

Q:

You posted one thing on social media after you’d finished the reconnaissance that you wanted to living a quickest time in Sete Cidades and also you presumably did that. How particular is that portion of boulevard?

DS:

This stage is unparalleled. When you defend discontinuance the pacenotes you should always have to be truly concentrated for the reason that see up there might per chance be unparalleled and we stopped two or three instances to defend discontinuance photos to survey the perimeters of the boulevard. It’s unparalleled and in case you drive the stage with the ideal pacenotes you like to need to push more, more, more nonetheless after you wish to realize it’s truly narrow at one point, nonetheless it’s truly wonderful with the well-known few kilometres narrow with limited jumps then it goes huge. It’s correct unparalleled and the closing downhill is so complicated and slippery. But it completely’s an unparalleled stage.

Q:

Your 2nd rally with Dani nonetheless you’ve been right here earlier than so you might perchance also simply have a limited little bit of little bit of ride. How happy are you how this partnership is working now?

CC:

To work with Dani on this rally is unparalleled. I raced three instances earlier than and I learned limited by limited with the feeling and we are in a position to also push an increasing selection of. The consequence is correct, it’s an extraordinarily correct feeling.

Q:

It’s been an extraordinarily busy few weeks – are you able to now defend discontinuance a relaxation?

CC:

It’s 15 days each day I’ve labored with day and each day I work with him. It’s an extraordinarily very prolonged time nonetheless this can even simply benefit me for the prolonged bustle in the rallies. He did an extraordinarily correct job on this 2nd.

Q:

Third express overall, you waited on the end of the stage after giving all the pieces in that closing stage. You were attempting up the boulevard for Ricardo Moura, checking the mobile telephone. How ecstatic are you to bag a podium after shedding a podium in Roma and snatching one right here?

EL:

We’re entirely happy to be right here in the podium with two World Rally Championship drivers. At the end of the stage we did an extraordinarily correct stage on memoir of we were without tyres. We tried to sustain out our most wonderful and we saw that Ricardo Moura used to be a limited bit slower, he had a roll and a runt puncture. We lost the podium in Rome by 0.3s so me and all my group of workers deserve this podium.

Q:

You’ve never been right here earlier than in a four-wheel-drive automobile so how tricky used to be it available studying with the tempo against Mikkelsen and Sordo?

EL:

It’s complicated for us, without a doubt. We know the phases nonetheless it’s our first time right here with the four-wheel drive. It will likely be our fourth rally in an R5 on gravel. We did our most wonderful, without a doubt we need to toughen especially in the 2nd depart when the phases are destroyed and I’m in a position to no longer be very posthaste and aggressive with these guys. But we need time and we are in a position to strive our most wonderful all around the championship.

Q:

You scored massive championship parts this day, that need to feel correct?

EL:

In actual fact. Mikkelsen won the rally and bag hundreds of parts nonetheless Lukyanuk is out, Herczig is out and Marczyk performed fifth so we are now P2 in the championship so we are in a position to head to Fafe and defend discontinuance a look at to sustain out our most wonderful. We know this will be complicated on memoir of they have hundreds of ride in these invent of circumstances and on these phases nonetheless we strive to sustain out our most wonderful.

Q:

You were doing all of your paperwork when Efrén stumbled on Ricardo Moura hadn’t looked. But how tricky used to be this rally, notably the day gone by with the fog?

SF:

To be factual after we used to be in the make line I saw Efrén to look at the mobile telephone and I idea ‘Oh my God, perchance it’s doable’. I’m very entirely happy, all of the group of workers and Efrén did an unparalleled job this weekend. This rally is terribly valuable for the championship.

Q:

But how tricky is that this rally for a co-driver?

SF:

This rally used to be very, very complicated for me, for all co-drivers. The phases were very, very posthaste and the boulevard used to be destroyed. It’s complicated to learn the pacenotes nonetheless I’m entirely happy on memoir of we toughen and toughen.


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