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Sordo plays down expectations

20 April 2012

Dani Sordo has played down expectations ahead of his outing with Ford in Argentina, stating that a points finish is his target for the latest round of the World Rally Championship.

Ford confirmed earlier this week that the Spaniard would replace Jari-Matti Latvala for the event, with the Finn having been ruled out injured after breaking his collarbone in a fall while cross-country skiing in his homeland.

Sordo has had the chance to sample the Fiesta RS WRC in a test near the Ford team base in the UK and, while he said he was comfortable behind the wheel of the car, the Prodrive regular was keen to play down expectations about what he will achieve when the event gets underway.

“I'm excited to be driving for Ford in Argentina because when you are a rally driver all you want to do is compete,” he said. “Although I've not had a lot of time behind the wheel of the Fiesta RS WRC, I quickly felt comfortable in the car during testing. The engineers provided a base set-up that worked for me and I'll approach practice in Argentina with those settings.

“It's like a home event for me because I speak the same language and in previous years the support from the fans was fantastic. This is only a one-off drive for Ford, but I want to do the best for the team and prove they made the right decision in selecting me. I'm not setting any targets, apart from a points finish, and I'll judge my pace by how I feel once the rally gets under way.”

Latvala hopes to be back in action for the following event in Greece.


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