Having already suffered a puncture - caused after an impact split the wheel rim - on the first run at Panzerplatte this morning, Sordo then crashed Prodrive’s MINI John Cooper Works WRC out of day two on the second run through the event’s longest test.
The MINI suffered damage to the radiator following a collision with a hinkelstein on the FIA World Rally Championship event.
Prodrive WRC Team principal Dave Wilcock said: “After the real high of the stage win on stage eight we knew Dani could get a podium with the pace he and the car were showing. But, while pressing on, Dani has been caught out under braking by a sudden change in surface grip, and on Panzerplatte with the large hinkelsteins, such small errors don’t go unpunished, as many top drivers have found to their cost today.
“We’ll get the car back to service late tonight and see if it can be fixed, so that we can return tomorrow for the three stages, including the points scoring Power Stage in Trier, to give Dani as much competitive mileage ahead of our next event in France.”