WRC Rally Mexico: Sordo keen to 'build' on fifth place

Hyundai pilot Dani Sordo finishes fifth on Rally Mexico on his return from injury
Hyundai's Dani Sordo says he wants to try and build now on the fifth place finish he managed on Rally Mexico.

Sordo was forced to miss the last event in Sweden after breaking two ribs in a training accident and despite reporting his shoulder was hurting on Sunday morning after the monster 55.82km Guanajutito test, he battled through the pain barrier.

The Spaniard also had to overcome gearbox problems and several punctures en-route to P5, but still managed to set some good stage times - winning SS13, as well as coming second in SS10, SS14 and SS18.

“I have really enjoyed this weekend and being back with the team. I have felt at ease with the car this weekend and the performance was competitive on most of the stages,” Sordo said.

“We were able to set some good times, including a stage win on Saturday, but we also had a few issues to contend with along the way - which is quite normal in this tough rally.

“Physically, I have felt okay most of the time but I started to feel some pain after the long Guanajuatito stage this morning.

“Overall to come away from this rally with a top-five result is very good, and great that we have been able to add some important points for the Manufacturers' Championship. I look forward to building on this for Argentina.”

“The car is getting better and better and I will make sure we do better in Argentina. We will keep pushing,” he added.

Meanwhile, team boss Michel Nandan felt Sordo had done a “good job” and he was also pleased with the form of the Hyundai i20 WRC.

“Dani did a good job in his first rally back from injury and showed a real determination to perform at the highest level. Fifth place is a good result,” Nandan confirmed.

“The performance of the Hyundai i20 WRC cars met our expectations for this event too, where the high altitude can really affect the car's behaviour; I am satisfied that our hard work in this area paid off. The team has worked exceptionally well to cope with the tough conditions we have faced in Mexico. We have a lot to be happy with, a lot still to work on but we hope that Rally Argentina will show another improvement in our overall team performance against tough opposition.”
by Rob Wilkins

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