Tuesday | 25 Aug 2015

Sordo encouraged by new asphalt set-up

Dani Sordo believes that set-up changes made to his Hyundai i20 World Rally Car during ADAC Rallye Deutschland will give his performance a boost on asphalt events later this season.

The Spaniard, a previous winner in Germany, finished fourth behind a trio of Volkswagens having found his best form on the final day. He rounded off the rally with a bonus point for third-fastest on the Power Stage and said changes to his car on Saturday night made it feel the best it had all weekend.

"We changed the set-up a little and it felt much better than at the beginning of the rally - it gave me more confidence," Sordo told wrc.com. "We found some important things for the next rounds on tarmac. I'm not saying exactly what we did to the suspension, but it has improved the balance of the car."

Sordo spent much of the opening day frustrated by the pace of the lead Volkswagens and was unable to get confident on roads made slippery by the cutting of cars ahead. His later pace was energised by a battle with his team-mate, Thierry Neuville.

"Overall I'm happy with the performance and the fight with Thierry was really nice all weekend. Okay, unfortunately we couldn't be on the podium, but I think the Volkswagens are brilliant on every rally now. It's difficult when the three are there with no problems," he said.

With Neuville finishing just behind Sordo in fifth, Hyundai reclaimed second place in the manufacturers’ standings from rivals Citroën. The two are separated by 13 points with four rounds to go.

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