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Sordo aims to go one better

Citroen Total World Rally Team number two Dani Sordo will be looking for another top-three finish on the Neste Oil Rally Finland this week.

Sordo took his fourth podium of the season in Poland at the end of last month and following the World Rally Championship's summer break he goes to the '1000 Lakes' determined to try and do just as well and consolidate his third position in the drivers' championship.

The Spaniard has scored 39 points so far this season, something that leaves him 12 points up Stobart Ford's Henning Solberg, his closest rival.

Sordo has competed in Finland four times thus far and while he had a confidence sapping crash in 2006, and also retired in 2007 - due to engine problems - he was fourth last year following a good scrap with then Subaru driver Chris Atkinson.

In the end he finished behind the Aussie, but less than 15 seconds separated them following the 24 stages and the 340 odd competitive kilometres.

Speaking ahead of the ninth round in the 2009 World Rally Championship, Sordo confirmed that his aim now is to go one better as well as trying to get as many points as possible for Citroen to strengthen the squad's 17-point lead over Ford in the manufacturers' race.

"Poland was good practice for Finland. Last year, we failed to beat Chris Atkinson, but we still ended up fourth. I hope to do even better this time, and I can't wait to get started,” said Sordo.

“The Finnish stages give drivers a unique thrill, although there aren't so many of the famous jumps which helped to forge this event's reputation in the past. The main difficulties are the blind crests which require total faith in your notes.

“We'll see how things go, but our target once again is to score as many Manufacturers' points as possible for Citroën."



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