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.
The winners of this year’s World Rally Championship have been honoured in a glittering prize giving ceremony at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria.
“It has been busy but finally our new baby is born. We aim to win the championship with our strong team and top level drivers and co-drivers”
Esapekka Lappi, who won the FIA European Rally Championship title in 2014, is aiming even higher in Australia this week
The Flying Finn can clinch the WRC2 title on the season-closing Rally Australia, which runs from today (Thursday) until Sunday. Lappi needs just a second place in class to claim the title in Australia, having won the last three WRC2 rallies he started. A good omen for him, as when he took the 2014 ERC title, he also scored three victories during the season.
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.