Citroen C2 S1600 driver, Daniel Sordo stamped his authority on the 'Junior' Rallye Deutschland Friday, following the opening leg of the event.

The Spaniard has lead from the off and concluded the day 16.6 seconds up on his Kronos Racing team-mate, Kris Meeke - and all this despite suffering from the flu.

"It was a tricky day. Because of yesterday's heavy rain, the inside of the corners were very muddy and after the WRC's passage, this mud had been brought back in the middle of the road," explained Sordo, who is supported by ex-WRC veteran, Carlos Sainz.

"In these conditions and with a two-wheel-drive car, we really had to be careful. We experienced a puncture at the very end of stage five but we didn't lose time. As everybody I guess, we also noticed some small brake problems, but we have a fantastic car with easy handling and a great engine."

Sordo won five of the days six stages, while Meeke took the other win, and is nearly 30 seconds up on Guy Wilks, who is third in the new Suzuki Swift.

"I was very careful in the first two stages because of the mud," explained Meeke. "But then, I felt more confident and in the end it was a very good day. I've enjoyed driving the C2 and for my debut here, I think it's not too bad. It's also looking good for the team and I hope we will continue like this tomorrow."

Citroen Junior boss, Yves Matton was understandably delighted, however he is aware that there is still two days to go...

"The very good pace that both drivers took from the very first stages allowed them to pull out a gap over their chasers and then to drive at a safe speed in the second loop this afternoon. This cushion should help them to manage from in front tomorrow," he concluded.

"Of course the target is to have both cars at the finish and if possible in the top two positions."



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