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||Hyundai Shell World Rally Team
Here’s what makes him special:
• After five years in Loeb’s shadow at Citroen, Sordo took a hugely popular maiden victory in 2013
• Gave MINI its first podium in the WRC with a starring drive on Rallye Deutschland in 2011
• With a background in racing karts and touring cars, he’s a sealed-surface specialist
• Likeable driver who has another chance to shine this year at Hyundai
The story so far
Sordo burst onto the WRC scene in 2005 with the help of two-time World Rally Champion Carlos Sainz.
Sordo’s form in Spain’s domestic series caught Sainz’s eye in 2004 and he helped his younger compatriot to get behind the wheel of a Super 1600 Citroen C2 for the 2005 FIA Junior World Rally Championship battle. Sordo’s success was instant and he romped to the title with ease.
Citroen rewarded Sordo with a limited programme of events in a Xsara WRC the following year and, with various podium finishes under his belt, it wasn’t long before the youngster was given a berth alongside Sebastien Loeb in the main Citroen squad for 2007.
Sordo repaid Citroen’s faith by scoring seven podiums in 2007, six podiums in 2008 and finishing third in the 2009 drivers’ title race. But his form started the wane in 2010 and his place in the team was soon taken by rising star Sebastien Ogier.
Sordo decided his future lay elsewhere for 2011 and he opted to lead MINI’s charge in to the WRC. However, after a string of point-scoring performances, he was left in the cold when MINI withdrew from the series in 2012. He found himself back at Citroen in 2013 for what was to prove another tricky season – the only highlight of which was his maiden WRC victory at Rallye Deutschland.
This season marks another new beginning for Sordo as he joins the Hyundai WRC team. He will pilot the team’s second i20 World Rally Car on selected events starting with the season opening Rallye Monte-Carlo.
||Eleventh in World Rally Championship with one podium
||Selected PWRC outings. Spanish Junior Rally Champion
||Junior World Rally Champion. Spanish National Rally Champion
||Makes World Rally Car debut in a Citroen Xsara run by Kronos Racing. Fifth in World Rally Championship with four podiums
||Fourth in World Rally Championship with seven podiums
||Third in World Rally Championship with six podiums
||Third in World Rally Championship with seven podiums
||Fifth in World Rally Championship with five podiums
||Eighth in World Rally Championship with two podiums
||Spanish Junior Rally Champion