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Rally Finland: Sordo disappointed with distant fifth

Fifth place for Dani Sordo in the 2013 Rally Finland might have been a decent result on paper, but the Spaniard was still less than happy with how the race had gone.
Dani Sordo had hoped that his loose gravel surface experience would be an advantage in the 2013 Neste Oil Rally Finland, but despite securing a fifth place finish at the end of the rally of a thousand lakes the Spaniard admitted that he was disappointed with how the three days had gone.

"My finishing position could be regarded as satisfactory, but I can't be happy after a race like that," he said. "I never felt confident and the pace wasn't really there. It was a weekend that I'd rather forget about, to be honest.

"I'm not happy with myself. My position here is okay, but I'm really disappointed with me, with everything," he added, disconsolately.

Sordo's final position was arguably artificially boosted by the late retirements of Jarkko Nikara (with a broken right-hand front damper on his John Cooper Works MINI at the end of SS21) and Kris Meeke (who crashed his Citroen in the final run of the day through Ouninpohja.

If not for those two exits then Sordo would have finished in the somewhat less impressive seventh position, rather than just one spot back from his team mate Mikko Hirvonen who had suffered the worst of the weather on Thursday afternoon after having topped qualifying the day before.

"Not having any of our cars on the podium is frustrating for the whole team, especially given the level of performance shown by Mikko at the start of the rally," admitted Yves Matton, the team principal of Citroen Racing.

Sordo's problems started early in the rally, the team revealed

"I think in the beginning Sordo had problems with his pacenotes and I think now he is a little down," Matton explained.

"I don't know what is going on. Is it my notes? What is for sure is that it's not okay," Sordo had mused. "I am not in the mood even though I still try to push. I lack confidence especially when the car slides a lot. We will try to find a solution."

In the end Sordo came home over six minutes off the time of rally winner Sebastien Ogier, and over five and a half minutes slower than his own team mate Hirvonen.

Certainly not where he wanted to be this weekend, although the fact that he brought the car home without serious incident is a major plus given that Finland is a rally notorious for taking its toll on the unsuspecting and unwary.



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DafyddLarcombe

August 05, 2013 10:27 AM

Well lets be Blunt here, on pace alone he was Lucky to make the Top 10, half of the Top 10 had problems and this is why he finished 5th He started the season saying he wanted 1 more full season to prove himself, well I don't think he needed a Full season - lol Out gunned by Kris Meeke who hasn't been to Finland in 7 years and hasn't done a WRC event in 18 months. That maybe down to Kris rather than Sordo but it certainly didn't do the Spaniard any favours Maybe Citroen will once again Replace Sordo on the Gravel Rallies for the rest of the season as they did in his last year when Ogier was chosen over Sordo to score points on Gravel Rallies before Sordo left Citroen Im Sure Meeke would be a valued asset to Citroen with a proper drive with testing that was specific to the Rally coming up

DafyddLarcombe

August 08, 2013 4:28 PM
Last Edited 378 days ago

Sordo has always Blown Hot and Cold, its a shame to see his pace once again suffer, perhaps it is too late for him to win on Asphalt now Several Times in the past he was ordered to slow down and drop back behind Loeb on Asphalt and was told that he would get his chance in the future, it never came. I think this is his last season for sure, its just a shame that as a Driver he could of won several WRC Events and now with time running out for him he faces Retirement from the WRC without a win. Very Sad for him. It wasn't Fair.



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