Wed 05 Apr 2023

Sordo’s Mexican scare

Dani Sordo felt like he was reliving one of his worst nightmares when the cockpit of his Hyundai i20 N Rally1 filled with dust at last month’s Guanajuato Rally México.

Just five months ago, the Spaniard's car was engulfed in flames after it caught fire at the 2022 season finale in Japan. On the seventh stage of this year's Guanajuato Rally México, Sordo thought the same thing was happening again.

He and co-driver Cándido Carrera were left feeling confused as their Hyundai's cockpit filled with dust midway through the Ortega stage. At first, Sordo thought it was smoke - but he soon realised it was dust which had entered the car due to damage caused by a flailing tyre.

"As you could see, it was all a mess inside [the car]," he told "My first thought was that it was a fire, and I didn't want to push too hard. I have already had a fire one time and I didn't want to have another.

"In the end, it was not such a big drama. Of course, it was difficult [to concentrate], but it was not too bad to drive. It was just dusty."

Sordo, who alternates drives with Craig Breen, eventually finished fifth overall in León - an improvement on his previous outing in Monte-Carlo where he finished seventh.

"Last year I had like six podiums in a row, and now we have small things happening all the time. Of course, when you look at the complete picture, Monte-Carlo and Mexico were not completely perfect.

"Sometimes rallying is like this," he continued. "We have to keep pushing to do our best all the time and when you give your maximum you have to be happy."

Sordo will sit out this month's Croatia Rally (20 - 23 April), with Breen filling his seat aboard Hyundai's third car.

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