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Sordo: It was vital to finish

Dani Sordo admitted it was vital to secure a finish on Rally d'Italia Sardinia to aid Citroen's manufacturers' championship challenge.

Sordo had battled back well from issues on the opening day through the morning loop on Saturday before he ran into turbo problems on the second afternoon and dropped down to eighth place.

However, the turbo issues continued into Sunday and the Spaniard lost the best part of 20 minutes during the final morning as he struggled for pace and was forced to stop to allow other cars past – with his quickest time during the morning being 42nd on SS14.

During the afternoon, Sordo again struggled for speed as the team elected to switch his engine to normally-aspirated mode due to the limited number of turbos available for Sardinia and Greece.

Although he eventually trailed in more than 40 minutes behind event winner Jari-Matti Latvala in 23rd place, Sordo was able to pick up two manufacturers' point for Citroen and he admitted it was vital to battle through to the finish.

“Our engine was cruelly down on power,” he reflected, “but we still managed to have fun on the downhill bits!

“It was important to reach the finish. We succeeded, and that means two extra points for Citroen in the manufacturers' world championship.”


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