The Citroen Racing WRC team had a great outing on day 2 of Rally Finland where home favourite Esapekka Lappi moved into a podium position after claiming two stages victories during the action. The Finn has now moved into second place overall heading into the final day of action on Sunday.
Speaking following the action he said:
Obviously, it’s been a very positive day for us! After what happened in the morning loop, I was expecting to suffer on the second runs on these wide and fast stages, but I really went for it and it has worked out pretty well for me so far. We found the right balance to push without overdriving the stages or drifting outside of the lines. I’m going to continue at the same pace tomorrow and am absolutely determined to secure the result
Sebastien Ogier has endured a tough time having been up all night on Friday due to sickness however the Frenchman was able to complete the second day of action and finished the day in fifth place overall and speaking following the action he said:
I’m pleased that it’s over because I was running really low on energy this afternoon. I can’t wait to get to bed, to be honest. I had to really push myself all day so I’m glad to have made it through the leg without making any mistakes because it was sometimes very difficult to keep up the concentration. Tomorrow will be another day and I hope that I will be able to recover sufficiently tonight so that I can do myself justice and fight all the way to the finish.
Citroen Racing Team Principal Pierre Budar commented saying:
Esapekka and Janne once again had a perfect leg, managing to improve their position in the standings after what was yet another intense day of racing. Apart from their undoubted speed, they have shown great race management and maturity, pushing when the time was right. Finishing on the podium at their home round would be just rewards for their very strong performance. Sébastien has nothing to be ashamed of either, especially given his condition. I am sure that tomorrow, along with Julien, he’ll give it absolutely everything, as usual, to come away from this round with the maximum number of points.