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Sainz takes 25th WRC win in Turkey.


Carlos Sainz held his nerve through the final leg of the Rally of Turkey, the third round of the FIA World Rally Championship, to clinch his first victory of the year - and his first win for the Citroen team.

The Spaniard's success on this Kemer-based rally makes him the joint most successful driver of all time, equalling Colin McRae's record of 25 world championship wins.

Sainz's Xsara WRC ran without fault for the final day's five stages and Sainz's triumph promotes him to third in the race for the driver's title.

Richard Burns took second place for Peugeot. The 206 WRC driver started the day 25.7 seconds ahead of Francois Duval, but fastest time on SS15 was enough for him to ease his way clear of the Ford man.

Burns eventually brought his car home 58 seconds ahead of Duval to claim eight points and the championship lead. Duval's third place was his best ever finish on a round of the championship.

Citroen maintains its lead in the manufacturer's championship, now nine points clear of Peugeot, with Ford in third place six points further back. The second round of the Junior World Rally Championship ended with victory for Finland's Kosti Katajamaki in his Volkswagen Polo. Spaniard Salvador Canellas moved up to second place in his Suzuki Ignis after Britain's Guy Wilks, third in his Ford Puma, hit problems.

The two remaining Citroen Xsara WRCs of Sainz and Colin McRae ran reliably today. Sebastien Loeb retired on Friday when his car ran out of fuel.

Sainz's win on the Rally of Turkey was his first success on a round of the FIA World Rally Championship since Argentina last season. The 40-year-old drove sensibly but quickly through the final day. He started the day 1m 19.5s ahead of Burns and while the Briton narrowed the gap to 47.9 seconds through Sunday, Sainz's lead never looked under threat.

McRae enjoyed a mechanically trouble-free day, but admitted his chances of catching Duval and the final podium position were slim. McRae was happy to reach the finish the rally and retain his second place in the driver's title.



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