• Sep 19, 2010
Okay, so it wasn't a championship-level international stage, but just the same, Kimi Raikkonen has won his first rally. The event in question, called Rallye Vosgien, forms part of the French national series, and was contested by Kimi's Citroën Junior Team as practice ahead of the WRC Rally of France.

The former F1 world champion and his co-pilot, Kaj Lindstrom, took their Citroën C4 to the finish line over three minutes ahead of the nearest competitor, Quentin Gilbert, driving a Renault Clio Maxi. Given the similar conditions – and that Citroën Junior Team had used up all its allotted test time – Vosgien proved an ideal warm-up to the main event set to take place at the end of the month.

[Source: Autosport | Image: Nikolay Doychinov/AFP/Getty]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Renaul Clio Maxi, FWD N/A 10 years old
      vs
      WRC Champion car...

      3 minutes ahead?!

      No wonder why... but still /clap hand

        • 4 Years Ago
        Talk about bringing a machine gun to a toothpick fight.

        Oh and for all the Loeb fan boys, have you heard about Ogier yet? His name is Sebastian too, you guys are going to LOVE him.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Kimi is way too good of a driver not to be in F1. Come back next year!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually, Kimi has been biting pretty bad this season. I'm kind of shocked to see him on the podium.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well there ya go.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, these comments are incredible. Anyone even remotely familiar with WRC would know that there wasn't a rally this weekend, and that France is still a little under two weeks away.

      Anyway, good for Kimi. As if consistently running top 6-7 stage times, and having one stage win under his belt wasn't enough, this should further help boost his confidence in the C4. He still has a long way to go before he's as consistently fast as Loeb, Hirvonen, and the rest of the front runners, but he's certainly getting there.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You have to keep the rubber side down and ahead of the competition for quite a few stages (on different road surfaces and weather conditions) and many things have to go extremely well. While Kimmi may not have set the WRC on fire this year, winning anything in WRC is NO fluke.

      Congrats to Kimmi and hope this raises his stock in getting back into F1.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great work but Sebastien Loeb will still kick everyone's ass when WRC rally France rolls around.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Where did Loeb finish in Japan again? 5th overall, just under a minute behind Ogier?

        Don't get me wrong, he is a very good driver, but winning every rally is not a given.

        Nice try, fanboi.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I have to agree. Sebastian is an unstoppable physics movement, on the level of Aryton Senna and the great Schumi, just in a different arena.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Um, thanks for the spoiler. This is a rotten way for fans who don't have any channels carrying WRC to find out who won. It's nice to know Loeb didn't win YET AGAIN, but still. Bummed.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Good thing it's not WRC.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's funny, because it is WRC. Where have you been? And I know he's nowhere near the two Sebastien's, but it still sucks finding out the rally winner before seeing the rally for yourself.
        • 4 Years Ago
        please read the article again
        WRC podium is way out of KR's reach
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is what you should have done, Montoya, not NASCAR.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If you want to win employ a Fin.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dear everyone who bashes Kimi for not winning or getting a podium in the WRC,

      Hes a rookie, he had his first serious rally this year, and by standards any WRC rookie driver would have been driving in lower level series for years before being in the WRC. Kimi is generally staying in the top 5-10 with no national or IRC (intercontinental Rally Championship) series exprerience. The fact that by switching from the top level single-seater formula series to the top level rally series that has drivers far more experienced than him in that field, and he has been keeping up is quite an achievement.
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