“It was great teamwork, we did it, but look where we are, up here by the famous Three Valleys Hotel on the Col de Turini, there is great rally history here, winning in a Mini Cooper S for example, and the best is there are no French scrutineers to kick us out! We are both very happy.”
Car 6, Driver; Klaus Mueller
“I'm really happy. I didn’t expect that at the end we would be here and we had a really crazy rally and even this last regularity, it was like a hill climb racing against time, it put this kind of smile on your face, it was fantastic of course.
We would like the win, to take it home, but that would not have been possible with some gap which was too big for Kevin and Ryan but the end podium result was great.”
Car 6, Navigator; Rolf Pellini
“It’s wrong to say I’m happy I am more than that I am speechless, so if I’m speechless I must find some words!
“It was difficult in the Navigators seat. at least it was one HERO method. That was good but European and British rallying are very different, the UK regularity is difficult still, it’s a challenge for us Europeans but we’re looking forward to the next one in one month, the three legs”
Car 8, Driver; Dave Maryon
Amazing, I am very happy and of course a word in memory of Bob Rutherford, as this is for Bob. I spent a lot of time here with him. A fantastic job by Andy of course, because I couldn’t find my own way out of a paper bag, but he is so good he found all the routes. I loved the snow that the roads through the vineyards. Just very, very happy.”
Car 8, Navigator; Andy Ballantyne
“I might miss one or two slots but that’s mainly down to things like tiredness and just the fact that the event is so relentless, but I think as Dave said, this one is for Bob. You know, it’s amazing to think it wasn’t that many years ago we were stood up here with him and this is really his event, just his place. We had that in the back of our minds as we were on our way to the podium.
“Now with the Bob Rutherford scholarship of the young navigators, which is open now, it’s got to be a case of we have to try and get more new navigators on board. The younger the better really, that’s when it’s the best time to learn, that’s what Bob would have wanted. Absolutely.”
Car 27, Driver; Paul Bloxidge
“We know what we did, and everyone can look and see what we did, but Kevin is one thing, he and Ryan together were brilliant they deserve it. We put them on our tip list and we picked them for this event, absolutely fantastic.”
Car 27, Navigator; Ian Canavan
“Why is this it that we only have 30 or so cars on this incredible event -I have no idea. This is the type of rally that we want everyone to do. To finish here and to go through this rally experience, it’s just a bit emotional. They were such perfect conditions as well. We’ve had everything, we’ve had some snow and ice. We’ve had dry roads, everything, it has been just brilliant.”
“You know, everyone makes errors. We all make errors but it’s how you recover from the errors that gets you towards the top of the table. And we’ve had a great week, this man beside me didn’t make one mistake!”