Dani Sordo confessed that he was 'not really happy' with his performance on last weekend's Rally Finland as Citroën Junior Team manager Benoît Nogier opined that the Spaniard sacrificed his chance to battle for the top step of the podium when he 'lost a bit of concentration'.
Having duelled it out with the likes of eventual winner Jari-Matti Latvala, Citroën stablemates Sébastien Ogier and Sébastien Loeb and former World Rally Champion Petter Solberg early on, Sordo and co-driver Marc Marti gradually slipped back to a distant fifth place, and they would maintain that all the way to the end to consolidate sixth spot in the title standings and close up by ten points on fifth-placed Finnish retiree Mikko Hirvonen.
“The conditions weren't perfect,” acknowledged the man who was recently demoted from Citroën's factory effort to its junior outfit. “I tried to keep up a good pace without taking any risks. Fifth place is not bad, but I'm not really happy with my own performance.
“We were right on the pace at the start of the rally, though – that's a really positive thing. The car was competitive, too. I would have preferred a better final result, but the experience that we have accumulated is important. Now I'm going to concentrate hard on the end of the season.”
“The Citroën Junior Team C4 WRCs went like clockwork over both days of Rally Finland,” added Nogier. “Dani started off really well, as he was in the thick of the lead battle between Latvala, Ogier, Loeb and Solberg. He then lost a bit of concentration and conceded a handful of seconds that ruled him out of the fight for victory – but he didn't make any mistakes, and brought the car home safely at the end of his first rally with our team. This was an important event for him, and he thoroughly succeeded in it.”
Sordo will step back up to the works team for the asphalt-based ADAC Rallye Deutschland next on the 2010 WRC calendar from 20-22 August, and the 27-year-old will need a strong performance as he endeavours to stake his claim to a competitive seat next season.