WRC Rally de Espana: Sordo fifth on home event

Spaniard Dani Sordo signs off his 2014 WRC campaign with a top-five finish on home soil in his Hyundai i20 WRC
Dani Sordo concluded his 2014 WRC programme with his third top-five finish in succession on his home event on Sunday.

Sordo ran in the points throughout Rally de Espana and while he couldn't overhaul Citroen's Mads Ostberg for fourth on the final leg, he was still encouraged by his Hyundai i20 WRC. Indeed he believes only a “little more progress” is needed for them to challenge right at the front and win on merit.

“We have pushed hard all weekend and although we couldn't quite secure fourth place we are pleased with this solid performance,” said Sordo, who posted top-five times in nine of the final ten stages.

“We have learned a lot about the balance of the car throughout the weekend and gathered a lot of useful information to help to improve our performance on tarmac and with just a little more progress we can win with this car.”

“We have been careful to avoid issues all weekend and another top-five place is a good result for our young team,” added the Spaniard, who was fourth in France and second in Germany, his two previous WRC events.

“Thanks also to the home fans – it's good to see so many of them here supporting us on the stages.”

Meanwhile, Thierry Neuville and Hayden Paddon also went well, finishing sixth and ninth respectively in the sister cars.

“We pushed hard on day one to establish our performance level and showed that we have very good potential in the car,” noted Neuville, who was challenging for the lead until he made a mistake in the penultimate stage on Friday and had to stop and change a tyre.

“Once we got onto the tarmac we struggled a little with understeer on the narrow twisty sections typical of these stages although the car was very good on the faster roads,” he continued.

“We are still in our first season and are still refining our asphalt set-up on our first visit to Spain so overall we are making good progress.”

Paddon shone on day one too, winning his first WRC stage in SS3 and was as high as third until picking up two punctures in SS4.

“It has been a positive rally for us overall. I secured my maiden stage win and we have gained a lot on information and experience,” stated the New Zealander. “We have struggled with set-up on the tighter sections but we have all learned a lot to help improve our tarmac performance moving forward. It is good to finish in the top ten with no major issues on our only sealed surface event of the year and I'm looking forward to getting back on the gravel at Wales Rally GB.”

Tagged as: Spain , Sordo , Rally de Espana , hyundai

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