After a slow start to his WRC campaign, 2007 Formula One World Champion Kimi Raikkonen collected his first points of the season in Jordan.
The Finn, who made the surprise move to the world of rallying this year, finished in eighth position after successfully piloting his Red Bull sponsored Citroen C4 WRC car across Jordan’s barren gravel stages. Raikkonen, alongside navigator Kaj Lindstrom, completed all 21 stages and finished just twelve minutes off the time of rally winner Sebastien Loeb.
Speaking of his first WRC points haul, the Citroen Junior Team driver said: “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. 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 onto the next round in Turkey.”