Grand Premiere for Dani Sordo!
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Grand Premiere for Dani Sordo!

26/08/2013

Citroën remains undefeated in Germany. For the eleventh consecutive time since the introduction of the Rally Deutschland in the World Rally Championship in 2002, a Citroën driver wins. After Sébastien Loeb and Sébastien Ogier, Dani Sordo triumphs, celebrating in the same time his first WRC success!

We can only be delighted for Dani Sordo. With his foolproof amiability and a permanent smile on his face, Dani Sordo only generates and attracts compliments within the WRC world. But not victories, we would have been tempted to say only 48 hours ago! It is now a long-gone epoch: after more than a hundred starts in WRC (and more than thirty podiums), the 2005 Junior World Rally Champion has finally seized his first success in the big league!

Dani Sordo, 30 years old, finishes on top of the podium for the very first time. A well-deserved success, when we look back at the Spaniard’s career, but also acquired with brio and lucidity.  On Sunday morning, the Citroën driver only had an 8/10th advance on Thierry Neuville, a young Belgian also looking for his first victory (after two consecutive second places during the previous rounds). Dani Sordo and his co-driver Carlos Del Barrio extended their advantage to three seconds, before making Thierry Neuville lose his cool in the last stage of the day.

Perfect example of the collateral damages provoked by the Sébastien’s hegemony (Loeb, and now Ogier), Dani Sordo proves with this victory that tenacity is often rewarded. Sébastien Ogier, for his part, was constrained to settle for an anonymous 16th place after an accident on the first day, but still managed to get his hand on the three points of the Power Stage! With this success, the Spaniard seizes the overall standings’ fourth place, while Sébastien Ogier keeps his distance on top (75 points ahead of Thierry Neuville). A situation which might lead the young Frenchman to his first World Rally Champion title at the end of the Coates Hire Rally Australia, in September…

Let’s remember as well the victory in WRC2 of the former Formula 1 driver, Robert Kubica, who keeps progressing from one rally to another; but also the victory of Sébastien Chardonnet in WRC3, a young rising French driver, that we will see at the Rally France-Alsace 2013 as a member of the FFSA French Rally Team!

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