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Rally Turkey: Citro?n final summary

The Xsara also wins on gravel. The Citroën Xsara of Carlos Sainz and Marc Marti today won the Rally of Turkey on its debut in the world rally championship calendar. This first victory for the car on gravel is highly important for...

The Xsara also wins on gravel.

The Citro?n Xsara of Carlos Sainz and Marc Marti today won the Rally of Turkey on its debut in the world rally championship calendar.

This first victory for the car on gravel is highly important for the Versailles Satory based team.

To add to this fantastic result, Colin McRae and Derek Ringer have achieved a well deserved fourth place on one of the roughest terrain of the Championship. This also proves the indisputable improvements made by Citro?n on this surface.

Carlos Sainz.
Photo by Citro?n Sport.

"This victory is tremendous", explained Team boss Guy Fr?quelin while congratulating his crews. "It's even better than our first one in Corsica. This season we are now involved in the full Championship, and we've taken a win where nobody was expecting us to. The Xsara is now performing as well as its rivals on gravel. As reliable as ever, our car is looking very promising for the future."

Citro?n continues to lead the Manufacturers' Championship since it took a "one-two-three" in Monte Carlo. After three events, Colin McRae is second, Carlos Sainz is third and S?bastien Loeb fifth in the Drivers' Championship.

This 25th World Rally win made Carlos Sainz the joint record holder of victories together with his team-mate Colin McRae : "Colin and myself are inseparable" said the Spaniard having spent most of their carreers in the same teams. "Equalling this record is naturally a big satisfaction, but bringing Citro?n its first win on gravel makes me even happier".

"It's not bad for an old man like you ! " joked Colin by radio after the finish. The Scot also underlined the progress made by Citro?n when he returned to the final service in Kemer. "This result has proved the reliability of the car that we witnessed in Kenya last year. My car has run perfectly all weekend. Citro?n is still leading the Manufacturers' Championship just before we head off to the unknown terrain for the team in New Zealand. This is very encouraging."

Telef?nica Movistar, Michelin, Magneti-Marelli, OZ, AIS and Citro?n Financement are the partners of Team Citro?n-Total in the World Rally Championship.

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Series WRC
Drivers Colin McRae , Carlos Sainz , Derek Ringer , Marc Marti