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JWRC: Citroen Rally of Turkey leg two notes

The Citroën C2 Super 1600s back in the points With their misfortunes of Day 1 now behind them, the Citroën C2 Super 1600 crews profited from a significantly less dramatic second leg to get back into the swing, with Kris Meeke/Glenn Patterson...

The Citroën C2 Super 1600s back in the points

With their misfortunes of Day 1 now behind them, the Citroën C2 Super 1600 crews profited from a significantly less dramatic second leg to get back into the swing, with Kris Meeke/Glenn Patterson and Julien Pressac/Jack Boyère now up to 6th and 8th in the provisional JWRC standings respectively.

Despite the return of sunshine, the Junior runners preferred to take things cautiously over this morning's stages which were as muddy and treacherous as ever following the downpours of the past few days. "The conditions were so slippery it was almost like driving on ice in places," reported Kris Meeke after the day's opening test. "When it gets like that, you've really got to be on your toes all the time and you pay the price at once if you overdo it." Kris and his co-driver Glenn Patterson started the day at a good pace, following the team's recommendations to the letter in conditions that didn't fail to catch out some of their rivals.

By the end of the morning's loop of two tests which totalled around 50km, the pair had fought their way back from 10th to 8th place after figuring inside the top-three times on both occasions. After that, they upped their pace a little further and were once again able to give a glimpse of their potential at the wheel of the Citroën C2 Super 1600. In the course of the four following stages, they posted two fastest times, but also picked up two punctures, although they were fortunate to lose no more than 40 or so seconds in all. The combination of the car's performance and reliability and the Ulsterman's recognised turn of speed enabled the crew of the N°32 Citroën C2 Super 1600 to conclude the day in 6th place and hoping for even better things tomorrow!

The weekend in Turkey is giving Julien Pressac and his experienced co-driver Jack Boyère a chance to gain added valuable experience of the category. "In addition to fine-tuning my notes on the stages," says Julien, "I am doing my best to adapt my style to the conditions of the moment. It seems to be going better and better but I've still got a great deal of work ahead of me if I want to match the times of Kris." That said, the driver of the N°42 Citroën C2 Super 1600 has successfully climbed from 11th to 8th spot and he is naturally hoping that Sunday's action will allow him to continue on his momentum.

Fabien Fiandino and Sabrina De Castelli lost no time putting their misadventure of the previous day with the diminutive Citroën C2-R2 behind them. "It's been a good day overall and the car has been perfect. We tried to be as consistent and competitive as possible and I think we showed today that the C2-R2 is an extremely robust car given the state of some of the stages it has faced today and that the transmission problem that upset our run yesterday was just one of those things."

-credit: citroen

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