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Dani Sordo

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Info

Nationality:  ESP
Date of Birth: 02.05.1983
Age: 34
Birthplace: Torrelavega (ESP)
First Rally: 2003, Spain
Rally Wins: 1
Website: www.danielsordo.com

Season 2018

Classification: WRC
Car No: 6
Car: Hyundai i20 WRC
Team: Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team
Co-driver: Carlos Del Barrio

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Here’s what makes him special:

• After five years in Sébastien Loeb’s shadow at Citroën, Sordo took a hugely popular maiden victory in 2013

• Gave Mini its first podium in the WRC with a starring drive on at ADAC Rallye Deutschland in 2011

• With a background in racing karts and touring cars, he’s a sealed-surface specialist

The story so far

Sordo burst onto the WRC scene in 2005 with the help of two-time world 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 Citroën C2 for the 2005 FIA Junior World Rally Championship battle. Sordo’s success was instant and he romped to the title with ease.

Citroën 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 Sébastien Loeb in the main Citroën squad for 2007.

Sordo repaid Citroën’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 Sébastien Ogier.

Sordo decided his future lay elsewhere for 2011 and he opted to lead MINI’s charge into the WRC. However, after a string of points-scoring performances, he was left in the cold when MINI withdrew from the series in 2012. He found himself back at Citroën in 2013 for what was to prove another tricky season – the only highlight of which was his maiden WRC victory at Rallye Deutschland.

2014 marked another new beginning as he joined the Hyundai WRC team, piloting the manufacturer’s second i20 World Rally Car on six events. He suffered more than his fair share of mechanical problems in the first half of the season, but he finished strongly, with a trio of top five finishes, including a fine second in Germany.

The ever-consistent Spaniard claimed top six finishes on more than half the rounds in 2015, culminating in third in his home rally. A strong 2016 campaign followed in Hyundai’s updated i20 and Sordo finished second in Germany and Spain en route to fifth in the standings.

The 2017 season returned another consistent result as he finished sixth in the drivers’ standings. The 2018 campaign will be his fifth with Hyundai and he’ll share a third i20 WRC with Hayden Paddon.

Season Classification Starts 1. 2. 3. Car Points Standing
2017 WRC 12 0 0 2 Hyundai i20 WRC 95 6.
2016 WRC 12 0 2 1 Hyundai i20 WRC 130 5.
2015 WRC 12 0 0 1 Hyundai i20 WRC 89 8.
2014 WRC 3 0 1 0 Hyundai i20 WRC 40 10.
2013 WRC 12 1 2 1 123 5.
2012 WRC 8 0 1 0 Mini John Cooper WRC 35 11.
2011 WRC 6 0 1 1 Mini John Cooper WRC 59 8.
2010 WRC 13 0 3 2 Citroen C4 WRC 150 5.
2009 WRC 12 0 4 3 Citroen C4 WRC 64 3.
2008 WRC 15 0 4 2 Citroen C4 WRC 63 3.
2007 WRC 16 0 4 3 Citroen C4 WRC 65 4.
2006 WRC 16 0 2 2 Citroen Xsara 49 5.
2005 JWRC 6 0 0 0 Citroen C2 S1600 53 1.

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