15 Jun 08
Citroen Total driver Dani Sordo says a stall on the last stage of Rally Turkey almost cost him the fourth place he took from Henning Solberg earlier in the day.
Sordo was the only driver in the top ten to make up a place on Sunday’s three stages, but having moved ahead of Solberg on the opening test, he feared he would drop behind again on the repeated 31km Olympos.
“I stopped in a hairpin about half way through,” said Sordo. “I pulled on the handbrake, the engine stalled and we sat there for about seven seconds. Going into the stage I knew I had a seven second lead over Henning so all of a sudden we were level again! I got going, pushed as hard as I could and waited for the split times from Henning to come in. The first one showed I was one second up, then two seconds, but at the end my tyres were completely destroyed and we no grip. It was a huge relief to get to the end!”
“It was close,” sighed Henning, “I was watching the splits and I knew we nearly had him on the last stage. I tried, but by that point our tyres were completely finished, there was no rubber left. But that’s it, we are here in fifth and I’m very happy with that.”
Apart from changes brought about by Gigi Galli’s early morning retirement, there were no place changes in the bottom half of the top ten.
Henning’s brother Petter brought his Subaru Impreza WRC2008 home in sixth , followed by Matthew Wilson in his Stobart team Ford Focus RS WRC in seventh.
Conrad Rautenbach was eighth in his Citroen C4, Federico Villagra was ninth, while Barry Clark rounded out the top ten, collecting the last manufacturers’ championship point for the Munchi’s team.