Kimi Räikkönen scores his first WRC points
Jordan Rally (31 March– 3 April 2010) – Day 3

Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia ran first on the road throughout the final day of the Jordan Rally, with the aim of helping Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena to claim their 56th event victory in the FIA World Rally Championship. Ogier and Ingrassia finished sixth, ahead of Kimi Räikkönen and Kaj Lindström – who scored their first points with eighth place overall in the other Citroën Junior Team C4 WRC.

The long final day of the Jordan Rally was feared by all the crews. A total of eight special stages were on the schedule, making up 105.5 competitive kilometres.

At the day’s first service halt, an electronic control unit problem immobilised the number 7 Citroën C4 WRC of Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia. The French crew left the service park five minutes late. They then checked in eight minutes early to the start of SS14 (Yakrut 1), the first stage of the day, in order to run first on the road ahead of Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena.

“With the road position that we had, the stages were extremely slippery,” said the former Junior World Rally Champion, who had been feeling unwell overnight. “ I’m not in great form at the moment. I’m just trying not to make a mistake. There’s no reason to go quickly. Running first on the road is still a new experience for us.”

Kimi Räikkönen and Kaj Lindström continued their efforts on a surface that was very hard to understand; especially for a beginner. “We didn’t push hard today as there was little left to gain,” said Räikkönen. “It was important just to learn and gain more experience on this surface. ”

By the end of the Jordan Rally – only his third World Rally Championship event at the wheel of the Citroën Junior Team C4 WRC – the 2007 Formula 1 World Champion had scored his first WRC points. “It was an extremely difficult rally with the most complex special stages I have ever had to drive” added Räikkönen. “ But we eventually achieved our objective of getting to the finish without making any big mistakes. I’m feeling more comfortable in the Citroën C4 WRC every day. ”

Sébastien Ogier ended up sixth, setting fastest time on the last stage. “We managed to have an excellent weekend by stringing together some good performances without making mistakes,” he reported. “We’re making progress with every rally we contest. I’m very pleased generally with the way that our rally has gone. We’ve proved that we were capable of fighting at the front. ”

Citroën Junior Team manager Benoit Nogier concluded: “First of all, we’re delighted to see both our Citroën C4 WRCs at the finish after some encouraging performances. Kimi has scored points by getting to the end of a very complicated rally without making any big mistakes. He is feeling more and more comfortable with the car with every kilometre. The performance will come with time and experience. Sébastien did what he had to do. He doesn’t have any championship aspirations. Instead his goal is to demonstrate that he is capable of mixing it with the best, and I think he showed that once more this weekend. ”

Provisional final classification (subject to scrutineering)
1. Loeb / Elena Citroën C4 3h46’08’’5
2. Latvala / Anttila Ford Focus +35’’8
3. P. Solberg / Mills Citroën C4 +1’11’’8
4. Sordo / Marti Citroën C4 +1’49’’3
5. Wilson / Martin Ford Focus +8’24’’3
6. Ogier / Ingrassia Citroën C4 +10’26’’4
7. Villagra / Perez Companc Ford Focus +11’28’’0
8. Räikkönen / Lindström Citroën C4 +12’31’’0
9. H. Solberg / Minor Ford Focus +14’08’’6
10. Pons / Haro Ford Fiesta +18’33’’9

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