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GP Week : Issue 130
HOLMES: Did you ever think you could get a success like this so quickly? Sordo: Honestly, no. Not for the performance, nothing useful, but in the testing the car was so good, a sensation. But we didn’t know what the others are like. The start of the rally was not so bad, nothing bad on Panzerplatte or stages like that and we were really close, and today also we are close, so it is nice and I’m really happy for the next rallies. It must have been like old times with you, with the Citroens. How do you think your experience with Citroen helped you on this rally? I think it helped me a little bit and also for the set-ups of the car I have a little bit of experience and the experience from Citroen cars because the feeling in those cars is the best on tarmac. But now the Mini is coming along really well and I am pretty happy with the car – I have, a little bit sensation so it is nice. And you didn’t have any punctures at all? No. Was that something to do with your skill or good luck? With the punctures, I think you can have really bad luck but normally puncture is when you are not in the road. But here sometimes you are out on the road and when you come back you can have fairly bad luck and puncture, but it is difficult to know. It is not only a little bit lucky. How do you think you will be in France and Spain? I think after the results here I am confident, but okay, now we have finished third but we know the Citroen are really fast and Ford are fast also so this is a busy time, so I need to start to work hard for the next rally (France). What do you think you can do to the car to improve it for France and Spain? You can always do something better, you know. I don’t know the most important point we need to do better in the car but everybody can guess what it is (the engine) so I will not tell any more times, but I am really happy with the chassis because it is the most important part of the car and is the only thing you cannot change. So the chassis is good. The suspension is very good on tarmac so you need to produce a little bit for rallies like Spain or France ... but quite good. WRC GERMANY >> Mini achievement Dani Sordo took Mini John Cooper’s first WRC podium and spoke to Martin Holmes