When you don’t have that pesky Sebastien Loeb to deal with, you can actually do big things in World Rally and that’s just what Dani Sordo did in Germany. Sordo said:
“It was a very good feeling. In the middle of the stage, I wasn’t nervous, but Thierry (Neuville) was pushing like hell, so it was really close. After we crossed the line, we saw the message in the car that Thierry was driving slowly. Then it was already looking good, but we weren’t sure. We had to wait for the confirmation and it was a relief when it finally came.”
Sordo claimed his first WRC victory beating Thierry Neuville to the time:
Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Dani Sordo Citroen 3h15m19.4s 2. Thierry Neuville M-Sport Ford +53.0s 3. Mikko Hirvonen Citroen +2m36.1s 4. Martin Prokop Czech Ford +8m00.8s 5. Robert Kubica PH Citroen +9m01.3s* 6. Elfyn Evans M-Sport Ford +9m14.2s* 7. Jari-Matti Latvala VW +9m55.0s 8. Hayden Paddon ASM Skoda +13m01.2s* 9. Mads Ostberg M-Sport Ford +13m28.1s 10. Evgeny Novikov M-Sport Ford +15m17.9s
Former F1 racer, Robert Kubica, had a terrific WRC2 battle with Elfyn Evans to take the WRC2 championship lead. Kubica said:
“It has been a good rally and a completely different type of tarmac to what I’m used to,” said Kubica.
“I was very nervous because we heard some noise in the transmission. I got distracted and missed a braking point,” he said. “Also the brake pedal wasn’t so good so we had some diff or transmission problems. Fortunately we are here – so all good.”
It’s great to see Robert doing well in WRC even if we’d secretly love to see him back in Formula 1.
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