Kimi Raikkonen scores his first WRC points Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia ran first on the road throughout the final day of the Jordan Rally, with the aim of helping Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena to claim their 56th event victory in the...
Kimi Raikkonen scores his first WRC points
Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia ran first on the road throughout the final day of the Jordan Rally, with the aim of helping Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena to claim their 56th event victory in the FIA World Rally Championship. Ogier and Ingrassia finished sixth, ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Kaj Lindstrom who scored their first points with eighth place overall in the other Citroen 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 Citroen C4 WRC of Sebastien 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 Sebastien 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 Raikkonen and Kaj Lindstrom 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 Raikkonen. "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 Citroen 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 Raikkonen. "But we eventually achieved our objective of getting to the finish without making any big mistakes. I'm feeling more comfortable in the Citroen C4 WRC every day."
Sebastien 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."
Citroen Junior Team manager Benoit Nogier concluded: "First of all, we're delighted to see both our Citroen 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. Sebastien 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."