The Citroen Racing WRC Team had a strong Friday at the Neste Rally Finland after home favourite Esapekka Lappi finished the day in third place overall as he scored a number of second place finishes and is just 2.4s off the lead held by Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Jari Matti Latvala. Speaking following the action he said:
It’s good to be back among the frontrunners and on the pace, especially at this rally, which means so much to us as Finns! My C3 WRC was perfect today and I really enjoyed driving on these stages. It’s crazy that the gaps are so small after such a long day. It looks like it will be a huge battle at the front tomorrow, but you can count on us to keep fighting!
Sebastien Ogier was happy with his day and will start Saturday’s action from fourth on the road we should give them good traction off the line and along the routes of the opening stage and they go into the action in seventh place overall and speaking following the action he commented saying:
“I think we had a very good day. I was comfortable in the C3 WRC, but our position in the running order certainly didn’t make our lives any easier. I would’ve loved to end this first day in a better position so we could start further down the running order tomorrow, but I will at least have more cars ahead of me than today. It’s still very tight, so we have to keep pushing as hard as we can. We’re still in the fight to score some big points.”
Citroen Racing Team Principal Pierre Budar commented on the day of action saying:
Immediately on the pace, Esapekka and Janne managed the impressive feat of upping their game again in the afternoon. They are now ideally placed to fight their corner in what looks like being an almighty scrap for the win. At their home round, they clearly enjoyed themselves in the C3 WRC, whilst also keeping a cool head, and they undoubtedly have the talent to keep it up. It also confirms the very good preparation work done before the event by the entire team. Meanwhile, Sébastien and Julien had a bit more trouble with being among the first few crews on the road, but the gaps are so small that anything is still possible for them too, especially as they have already proven many times before that they are real fighters – they won’t give an inch right to the finish line.