Kimi Räikkönen scores his first WRC points

4th April 2010
Kimi Räikkönen and Kaj Lindström scored their first points with eighth place overall in the other Citroën 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. Kimi Räikkönen and Kaj Lindström 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 Räikkönen. “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 Citroën 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 Räikkönen. “ But we eventually achieved our objective of getting to the finish without making any big mistakes. I’m feeling more comfortable in the Citroën C4 WRC every day. ” Citroën Junior Team manager Benoit Nogier concluded: “First of all, we’re delighted to see both our Citroën 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. Sébastien 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. ” 1. Loeb / Elena 2. Latvala / Anttila 3. P. Solberg / Mills 4. Sordo / Marti 5. Wilson / Martin 6. Ogier / Ingrassia 7. Villagra / Perez Companc 8. Räikkönen / Lindström