Thu 13 Jun 2024

Team-first approach wins plaudits for Sordo

It was another typical performance from Dani Sordo in Sardinia who once again highlighted his importance to Hyundai’s Manufacturers’ Championship ambitions.

The Spaniard has enjoyed a return to top-level rallying so far this year, with his podium in Sardinia coming on the back of a fifth place finish on his 2024 WRC debut at Vodafone Rally de Portugal.

 

It was not plain sailing for Sordo in Sardinia however, who battled the points-hungry championship contender Elfyn Evans for the coveted third place on Sunday.

 

“It wasn’t the easiest of Sundays,” the 41-year-old reflected. “[Evans] was having a good run and making good progress, so he was pushing to the very end.

 

“In the final stage, I just tried to survive, [the stage] was completely destroyed and very hard on the car.”

Whilst Hyundai owe a lot of their success this year to the championship 1-2 of Thierry Neuville and Ott Tänak, the combined effort of part-time drivers Sordo, Esapekka Lappi and Andreas Mikkelsen have helped the South Korean manufacturer secure all-important points to position themselves top of the manufacturers’ standings.

 

Hyundai team principal Cyril Abiteboul was quick to wax lyrical on his Spanish part-timer’s third place in Sardinia, paired with team-mate Ott Tänak’s win.

 

“This is a strong step in the championship, and an excellent team result with Dani on the podium. 

“He did exactly what we expected of him for the team and it’s great to see them both on that podium, underscoring our competitiveness.”

 

“We finish on the podium, which makes me very happy. It has been a joy to be back in the car for these two events, which I enjoy so much, and I am pleased to bring home a good result for the team.

 

”It was important for us to have a good finish and help the team in such a close battle for the manufacturers’ championship.”

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