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Sordo targets fourth

Dani Sordo has his sights set on a top four finish in Sardinia, despite a challenging opening day to the event which saw him down in eighth place after the first six stages.

Sordo's event started in far from ideal conditions when an issue with a turbo sensor meant he was late starting the opening stage of the morning – incurring a 30 second penalty in the process.

The Spaniard then picked up another penalty when he was late leaving the mid-day service after the Citroen crew worked to repair damage sustained in a collision with a rock during stage three – leaving him well down the order.

"We incurred a 30-second penalty before the start of SS1 following a problem with a turbo sensor," he said. "The first two stages went well for us, but we dropped a little time on SS3 when I couldn't avoid hitting a stone, which was in our direct path. The impact ripped off the hose from the remote front-right damper reservoir which lost all its fluid."

Sordo enjoyed a more trouble free run during the afternoon stages to end the day in eighth, but he admitted that he still felt confident of climbing up the order – with fourth-placed Petter Solberg being less than a minute ahead.

"The mechanics put my C4 back in perfect shape at the lunchtime service halt, and that meant I was able to push hard and post some good times this afternoon," he said. "Being eighth overnight means I will have a good start order tomorrow. I will continue to drive as quickly as I can because I believe fourth place is an achievable target."


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