Chile steps up to 2019 WRC
Increasingly global schedule features five rounds outside Europe
The Red Bull Athletes met at the top of the Lousã hill in Portugal – an historic stage that formed part of the Rally Portugal route in the 1980s and 1990s – and their mission was to see who could get to the bottom the fastest.
Sordo drove his familiar i20 WRC on gravel roads while Lacondeguy's route for the 'Fast Encounter' challenge took him and his downhill mountain bike along a neighbouring off-road track.
To equalise the contest, the MTB course was more direct. But both men still encountered each other at different stages during the race – with Sordo jumping over his rival at one point where their paths crossed.
After a thrilling race, Sordo, who has scored a pair of WRC podiums this season in Mexico and Argentina, got his i20 to the finishing bell the quickest – but Lacondeguy arrived only a handful of seconds later.
He said: “Dani was just insane in the car. The first shot we did he had to turn on this gnarly corner, all gravelly, and I couldn’t believe it. The guy just nailed the turn.”
Sordo is scheduled to return to competitive WRC action at his home event, RallyRACC Catalunya - Rally de España (25-28 October).