Dani Sordo says he is heading to Japan with a point to prove in the latest round of the World Rally Championship this weekend.
Sordo returns to the Citroen Junior Team for the gravel event after his solid asphalt showing for the main factory team last time out in Germany – where he was the only driver able to take the challenge to Sebastien Loeb.
With his future still to be decided, Sordo heads to Asia keen to pick up a good result and he said was keen to replicate his tarmac form on a loose-surface event.
“I'm going to be giving my all to show that I can drive just as quickly on gravel as I can on asphalt,” he said. “I've got some great memories of Japan. It's a long way away but a very beautiful country.
“The route is really complex though. As a driver you have to be very precise in order to place the car accurately on very narrow roads and the co-driver has a lot of pace notes to get through, which need to be read out with perfect timing. If all those things don't come together you end up either losing a stack of time or going off the road. From start to finish, you need to be really exact.”
Citroen Junior Team boss Benoit Nogier said he was looking forward to having Sordo back in the team alongside Kimi Raikkonen and was confident that he would be near the front of the field.
“We're very pleased to welcome Dani back to the Citroen Junior Team,” he said. “In Finland, we were particularly pleased by his performance. It was his first rally with a new team for him, but he settled in rapidly.
“In Japan, Dani has shown himself to be quite competitive in the past. We're hoping that he will be able to do his best again. His objective is to be amongst the top five of the factory drivers.”