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Raikkonen scores first WRC points
4 April 2010
Former Ferrari and McLaren F1 man Kimi Raikkonen managed to break his points duck on the Jordan Rally on Saturday, when he brought his Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC car home in eighth place following the three-day event.
Raikkonen moved up into the top-ten towards the end of the opening day, before gaining two places on day two and eventually finishing around 1 minute off Munchi's Ford man, Federico Villagra, who was sixth - and 12.5 minutes off event winner, Sebastien Loeb.
It was a mature and solid drive from the 2007 F1 world champion, and in total he set 14 top-ten stages times from a possible 21, including a sixth quickest time on Friday in SS8, the 10.49 kilometre-run through Suwayma 1.
"From the beginning my goal was to get to the end of the rally and I'm really pleased that we've been able to do that even though the conditions were difficult," said Raikkonen. "As the stages went on I've learned more and more, and my confidence has grown bigger as well.
"We came to Jordan with very little experience of the car on gravel and now we've practically doubled it. I'm getting to know the car better now, but the important thing as well is that I've really enjoyed these three days. We're making progress, which is why we are here, and hopefully this will continue on the next round in Turkey."
Raikkonen's co-driver Kaj Lindstrom meanwhile was also happy to finish in the points, the first time he has done so since taking third with the legendary four-time World Rally champion Tommi Makinen on the 2003 Rally GB.
"It's been a very good event for us," added Lindstrom. "Kimi's speed has been really impressive for someone who has hardly been driving any rallies at all: he's already doing the same sort of times as people with much more experience.
"The key to this event was just making sure that we got to the end with no mistakes – and this is only the start. We're going to be seeing a lot more of Kimi in the future."
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