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Citroen JWRC Rally Finland leg two notes

It has been a dream day for Daniel Sordo. On his first participation in the 'Finnish Grand Prix', and the first outing of the C2 S1600 here, he returned to Jyvaskyla tonight in the first position. While Citroen's physiotherapist was looking...

It has been a dream day for Daniel Sordo. On his first participation in the 'Finnish Grand Prix', and the first outing of the C2 S1600 here, he returned to Jyvaskyla tonight in the first position.

While Citroen's physiotherapist was looking after him during the final service, Carlos protege was showing his satisfaction : "I'm surprised myself to be leading. Everything went really well today and I'm really pleased with the car's set-up. Now that I'm getting more used to the stages and the jumps, I'm having fun driving. The most difficult moment was when we passed the place where Kris went off the road. The spectators were waving me to slow down and I actually stopped. Then, it was a bit difficult to concentrate and I was a bit too slow. I'm not getting over excited as I know we still have four stages tomorrow where I will try my best to maintain my position."

Marc Marti, his co-driver is also very impressed by his performance :"Two things are really astonishing : his adaptation skills and the fact he handles the pressure when he has to adapt his pace according to his rival's. He just finds the right speed."

However Carlos isn't present on the event, he followed the rally very carefully from his country. "He rang us four or five times to know how it was going and gave me good advice for the end of the race tomorrow..."

While he was supervising the repairs being made on Kris car by the mechanics of the Kronos team, Alexis Avril, the technical manager of the Customer Programme explained : "On the technical side, we had no problem at all. We only proceeded to the usual checks on Dani's car. As Kris went off, we now have to replace the front and rear left suspension. It seems that Kris and Glenn could restart tomorrow morning and could try to score some precious points".

The PH Sport team was also very busy trying to fix Conrad Rautenbach's car who went off the road on stage 15. Here again, the target is to try to score some points tomorrow if the team is able to bring the car back in Parc ferme on time. For the young Zimbabwe driver, it's a question of pilling up the more experience he can for the coming years.

According to Yves Matton, the Customer Programme manager : "Dani's performance is simply exceptional for a first participation. It reminds us of Sebastien Loeb in 2001 with the Saxo S1600. We obviously regret that Kris had to stop today after he misjudged a corner in his pacenotes and went off. It would have fantastic for Citroen to achieve a one-two here but it shows how difficult this terrain is."

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Series WRC
Drivers Sébastien Loeb , Marc Marti , Conrad Rautenbach , Daniel Sordo , Yves Matton
Teams Citroën World Rally Team