The Citroen Total World Rally Team leads the WRC Manufacturers' Championship after a solid victory for Sebastien Loeb and co-driver Daniel Elena in the Jordan Rally. The duo also increased their margin in the drivers' standings to 25 points. Dani Sordo and Marc Marti came home in fourth position, pushing the Citroen Total World Rally Team into the lead in the Constructors' Championship.
Loeb and Elena set three fastest times in four stages, confirming they were the quickest pairing in the desert as they took a 56th WRC career victory and second win of the season. "I'm delighted to have won such a tough rally," commented Loeb before stepping up to the podium. "Our second victory in three events has helped open up a 25 point gap over the second-placed driver. We can now tackle the next rally in a reasonably relaxed frame of mind."
Meanwhile, the Citroen Junior Team also had a strong result on the Jordan Rally, strengthening its third position in the Manufacturers' Championship. Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia finished sixth, ahead of ex-F1 champion Kimi Raikkonen and Kaj Lindstrom - who scored their first points with eighth place overall in the sister Citroen Junior Team Citroen C4 WRC.
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 claim their 56th WRC event victory in the FIA World Rally Championship. "With our road position, 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 continued his 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 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 a fastest time on the last stage. "We managed to have an excellent weekend by stringing together some good performances without making mistakes," he reported.
All the Citroen crews will be hoping for another successful weekend as they head to the Rally of Turkey on 16-18 April.
FINAL LEADERBOARD ON JORDANRALLY
|1||Loeb/Elena (Citroën C4)||3h46min 08.5s|
|2||Latvala/ Anttila (Ford Focus)||+35.8s|
|3||P.Solberg/ Mills (Citroën C4)||+1min 11.8s|
|4||Sordo/ Marti (Citroën C4)||+1min 49.3s|
|5||Wilson/ Martin (Ford Focus)||+8min 24.3s|
|6||Ogier/ Ingrassia (Citroën C4)||+10min 26.4s|
|7||Villagra/ Perez Companc (Ford Focus)||+11min 28s|
|8||Räikkönen/ Lindström (Citroën C4)||+12min 31s|
FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP MANUFACTURER STANDINGS AFTER ROUND 3 OF 13
1st Citroen Total WRT, 101pts
2nd BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT, 87pts
3rd Citroen Junior Team, 48pts
4th Stobart M-Sport Ford, 44pts
5th Munchi's Ford, 16pts
FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVER STANDINGS AFTER ROUND 3 OF 13
1st S. Loeb, 68pts
2nd Jari-Matti Latvala, 43pts
3rd M.Hirvonen, 37 pts
4th P. Solberg, 35pts
5th S. Ogier, 33 pts
6th D. Sordo, 24pts