So for Sordo a return to his favourite surface at this week’s all-asphalt Rallye Deutschland couldn’t have come at a better time.
Better still, Germany is the first of three sealed surface events in the second half of the WRC season - a trio Sordo says he has been looking forward to all year.
Will he be able to turn his season around this week? Here’s what the Spaniard had to say about the challenge:
Q: Dani, you’re about to race again on tarmac. Will this be a new start for your season?
DS: “We have only been able to test ourselves against our rivals on this surface at Monte-Carlo. And even then, almost all the roads were covered in snow. It’s difficult to make real comparisons, but my third place was encouraging. It’s no secret that I feel particularly at home this type of road surface. I know what is expected of me and I’m ready. I’m very pleased to be racing on this surface again.”
Q: What are your goals for Germany?
DS: “There are three tarmac rallies coming up between now and the end of the season, and I know my chances of doing well are even higher on this surface. Germany is a rather particular round, with road surfaces that vary greatly from one stage to another. There are a lot of corners which can make the racing line quite dirty, and the weather is often unpredictable. I have already had some good results in these sorts of conditions and I’ll be trying to fight for the win right from the word go.”
Q: Will the fact you are missing Rally Australia change your approach?
DS: “The decision was taken jointly [with Citroen]. It means I can skip the specific preparation needed for Australia and focus more effectively on the three tarmac rallies that are coming up between now and the end of the season. I want to be quick in Germany, France and Spain. I know I can win, and I know how strong this team is. I have everything I need to do the job.”