Your Top 10 World Rally Drivers' of the Year 2011: 5: Dani Sordo

Nationality: Spanish Team: MINI World Rally Team Car: MINI John Cooper Works Championship position: 8th Points: 59 points (average tally per event: 9.83) Events: 6 (out 13) Wins: 0 Podiums: 2 Points finishes: 4 Stage wins: 5 Power Stage wins: 0

After being dropped by Citroen at the end of 2010, Dani Sordo had a point to prove this year and prove it he did.

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Indeed despite only taking in six events, ahead of MINI gearing up for a more comprehensive programme in 2012, Sordo shined. He scored first time out with the John Cooper Works car in Sardinia (when he was sixth). He then took the first podium with the car in Germany (in only its third event and first on asphalt), before almost winning in France - ending up just 6.3 seconds off the lead. He was fourth in Spain too.

His only low's came in Wales (when he went off the road in SS5) and in Finland, when he had to retire on the final day after his car started to overheat. He had been running 7th overall.

Still, overall it was a very good season for the 2005 JWRC champion and you gave him an average mark of 7.27 out of ten, placing him fifth in's World Rally Driver of the Year vote.

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Also, don't forget to check back tomorrow to see who has been ranked in fourth place...

Past vote results for Sordo:

Top 10 World Rally Driver of the Year vote 2010: 8th
Top 10 World Rally Driver of the Year vote 2009: 4th
Top 10 World Rally Driver of the Year vote 2008: 9th's World Rally Driver of the Year 2011 - results so far:

6. Craig Breen 7. Kris Meeke 8. Mads Ostberg 9. Andreas Mikkelsen 10. Mikko Hirvonen