Sordo second at Monza
The Spaniard won six of the 10 asphalt speed tests at the Italian race circuit in his Hyundai i20 World Rally Car, but lost out to the Italian by 18.4sec in his bid to complete a third victory at the three-day event.
Hyundai has finalised its WRC driver line-up for the next two seasons by announcing a new two-year extension to its contract with Thierry Neuville
The Belgian driver completes a three-car Hyundai squad for 2017 and 2018, joining Hayden Paddon and Dani Sordo who were already confirmed. Neuville joined Hyundai from M-Sport in 2013 to lead the Korean manufacturer’s WRC return in 2014. Highlights since then have included two victories, the most recent of which was scored in Sardinia earlier this year, and nine podiums, including his second-place in Corsica last weekend.
Dani Sordo’s participation in Neste Rally Finland [28 – 31 July] hangs in the balance while he recovers from an accident during testing last week
The Spaniard sustained a fissure fracture of a vertebrae when he crashed his Hyundai i20 at high speed during a pre-event test in Finland on Friday. He spent a night in hospital before returning home to Spain to recuperate.
Dani Sordo edged out Kris Meeke to set fastest time in Thursday morning’s shakedown at Rally Italia Sardegna
IRC newcomer Sordo on top after day of drama in Corsica
Dani Sordo will start the final six stages of Giru di Corsica-Tour de Corse on Saturday firmly in contention for a debut victory in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge following a day of high drama on the demanding asphalt roads around Corte in the centre of the picturesque Mediterranean island.
Giru di Corsica-Tour de Corse covers a competitive distance of 318.23 kilometres over 14 special stages from 10-12 May
In view of MINI’s intention to register as an official Intercontinental Rally Challenge manufacturer, Eurosport Events, the promoter of the IRC, has sought a waiver to amend its sporting regulations to allow Dani Sordo and Carlos del Barrio to score points in the IRC drivers’ and co-drivers’ classifications respectively on Giru di Corsica-Tour de Corse.
Dani Sordo will do at least ten WRC events with the MINI in 2012, he has confirmed on his official website
Although the Prodrive-run outfit has yet to officially announce its programme for next season and recently missed the deadline to register as a manufacturer [see separate story – click here], the statement from the Spaniard is great news for the WRC.