Raikkonen wins French national rally

Red Bull driver Kimi Raikkonen has won his first ever rally - the Rallye Vosgien which started and finished yesterday

Raikkonen wins French national rally

The Finn was driving his usual Citroen C4 WRC and was unbeaten on all six stages on the national-level French event, which ran in the Strasbourg area close to where the next round of the World Rally Championship, the Rally of France, will be based.

The event, which took Raikkonen a shade under an hour to complete, consisted of two stages run in three loops - and Raikkonen won by more than three minutes from Quentin Gilbert in a Renault Clio Maxi.

"This was a good preparation for the Rally of France," said Raikkonen. "From what I am told, the roads on this event were fairly representative of what we will see on the next WRC round, so I am happy. It's also good to get back into driving the car on asphalt - that's very useful as well."

The Citroen Junior Team is unable to test ahead of the Strasbourg-based WRC having used or pre-assigned all of its 15 test days. Competing on the Rallye Vosgien was the next best thing to a test for Raikkonen and co-driver Kaj Lindstrom.

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