WRC Driver of the Year 2015: 8th

8th - Dani Sordo Average poll score out of ten: 5.5 Team: Hyundai Shell World Rally Team/Hyundai Motorsport N Car: Hyundai i20 WRC Championship position: 8th Points: 89 points Events: 12 (all WRC) Wins: 0 Podiums: 1 (all WRC) Best finish: 3rd Stage wins: 7 Power Stage wins: 0

With a full WRC season ahead of him with the factory Hyundai squad in 2015, Dani Sordo looked to return to the highs he previously enjoyed over the early stages of his career with Citroen.

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A solid campaign saw Sordo miss out on the points-paying places on just two occasions all year due to offs but largely struggled to battle up the order against the dominant Citroen and Volkswagen drivers.

Sordo's 2015 was temporarily restrained at the start of the year when he suffered a nasty crash in a mountain bike accident which ruled him out of Rally Sweden, having taken sixth place at the season opener Rallye Monte Carlo.

After losing ground in the championship race the Spaniard fought back with two consecutive fifth place finishes in Mexico and Argentina. A mid-season lull, caused by two pointless outings in between a disappointing tenth place in Poland, saw the former WRC event winner slip back in the drivers' standings but a late season push saw him miss out on the top-Hyundai driver title by a single point to Thierry Neuville.

An impressive fourth place in Germany set off his strong season run-in, and despite dipping into the second string Hyundai team in Australia, Sordo ended the year on a high by taking his only rostrum result at his home event at Rally de Espana with a fourth place at Wales Rally GB.

Dani Sordo in the WRC Driver of the Year poll: Top 10 WRC Driver of the Year 2014: 8th Top 10 WRC Driver of the Year 2013: 7th Top 10 WRC Driver of the Year 2012: 8th Top 10 WRC Driver of the Year 2011: 5th

About the vote:
Rather than repeat the Drivers' World Championship standings, the World Rally Driver of the Year poll asks readers to take into account factors such as machinery, performance relative to a team-mate, driving style, experience, injuries, progress and personality just as much as race results.

Over 3,000 votes were cast for the 2015 Crash.net WRC Driver of the Year poll, where viewers awarded each of this year's full-time participants a mark out of ten for an average rating.