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Citroen JWRC Rally Finland leg one notes

Top two positions for the Citroën C2 On its first outing in Finland, the Citroën C2 S1600 performed extremely well in one of the most challenging event of the championship. Taking the lead from the very first stage of the rally last night,...

Top two positions for the Citroën C2

On its first outing in Finland, the Citroën C2 S1600 performed extremely well in one of the most challenging event of the championship.

Taking the lead from the very first stage of the rally last night, Kris Meeke and Glenn Patterson have kept their competitors at bay all day long.

This morning, Colin McRae's protégé set four other fastest times.

"Everything is going really well, said the driver from Ulster. "We have been fastest so far but I'm still very cautious trying to avoid the stones at the maximum. I really like this rally and I have to say I'm enjoying driving here a lot..."

After stage 5, Kris brought his lead to 43,5 s on... his team-mate Daniel Sordo.

Guy Wilks and PD Andersson, the two main rivals of the Citroën drivers in the championship, induced him to slow down a bit.

Thanks to an extremely fast adaptation to the Finnish stages, Dani Sordo was the quickest in the afternoon winning three stages after he missed a fourth win on stage 6 only by a tenth of a second.

During the first leg, the C2 S1600s set an impressive pace by being the fastest on eight stages out of the nine possible. Kris Meeke and Dani Sordo lie in first and second position respectively. This is the result of Citroën Sport technical team's work who has successfully adapted the C2 for the specific Finnish terrain.

Alexis Avril, the technical manager of the Customer programme was satisfied tonight : "I think everything is going fine but we still have a long way to go. Lot of things can still happen and Kris and Dani will have to maintain their positions the best they can until Sunday."

On the third C2, the young Conrad Rautenbach experienced a less lucky day. He got stuck on the side of the road for over ten minutes on stage 3. Then he rolled twice on stage 5, losing another five minutes in the incident. The Ph Sport team repaired the car during the midday service. Conrad hopes for a better day tomorrow as he is willing to get some experience. He now lies in ninth position, almost in the points.

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Series WRC
Drivers Colin McRae , Guy Wilks , Kris Meeke , Glenn Patterson , Conrad Rautenbach
Teams Citroën World Rally Team