Dani Sordo has shrugged off the disappointment of being dropped by Citroen for Rally Australia by claiming that missing the event gives him a better chance of success on the three tarmac events surrounding it.
The first of those, Rallye Deutschland, comes this weekend and, even though a frustrating outing in Finland at the start of the month eventually yielded fifth place, Sordo is determined to raise his game on an event that has yielded some degree of success in the past, with four podium finishes including three second places.
“I have been looking forward to this series of rallies since the start of the season,” the Spaniard admitted, “With Monte Carlo hit by heavy snow, we haven't really had a tarmac rally so far in 2013.
"Rallye Deutschland is complicated to manage, with several types of road surface and weather that can often be unpredictable, so it's never easy, but I've done well at this event in the past. I'm aiming for the win.”
Sordo has yet to reach the top step in any WRC event, and has racked up just a single podium so far in 2013, albeit without an event catering to his preference for tarmac, but is confident that he has the ability – and the car – to achieve that goal, particularly as missing Australia allows him to focus purely on all things asphalt.
“The decision was taken jointly, [and] it means I can skip the specific preparation needed for Australia and focus more effectively on the three tarmac rallies that are coming up between now and the end of the season,” he reasoned, “I want to be quick in Germany, France and Spain [as] I know my chances of doing well are even higher on this surface.
“Germany is a rather particular round, with road surfaces that vary greatly from one stage to another. There are a lot of corners which can make the racing line quite dirty, and the weather is often unpredictable, [but] I have already had some good results in these sorts of conditions and I'll be trying to fight for the win right from the word go.
“I know I can win, and I know how strong this team is, [so] I have everything I need to do the job.”