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WRC: Why Sordo’s win at Germany was a special one

Author: David van den Boom

On Saturday I was at the ADAC Rallye Deutschland, the 9th round of the FIA World Rally Championship 2013. I was at SS11, the Arena Panzerplatte stage, were Jari Matti Latvala nearly retired after hitting a ”Hinkelstein”.

It was fantastic, until the rain came, which then was the reason of the cancellation of the historic event, what is always great to watch.

It was also a great stage for Sordo, because he overtook Neuville in the overall classifications for the lead of the rallye, and he stayed there.

Then the last stage of the rallye ”Dronthal 2” what was also the Power Stage.

Sordo was only 25 km away from his first WRC win. He started the stage behind Neuville, who was only 3 seconds behind Sordo in the overall standings.

Now both started the stage.

Sordo was faster in the first split time, but in the second he was only 0.1 seconds faster than Neuville.

In the third split time they had the exact same time, it couldn’t get any more exciting.

But suddenly Neuville made a mistake and lost nearly 30 seconds. After that it was clear that Sordo had won the rallye.

It was his the first ever WRC victory and I will now tell you why this win was quite special…

Sordo’s WRC career


Dani Sordo came into the JWRC (Junior World Rally Championship) in 2005 driving for Kronos Racing in a Citroen C2 S1600.

As teammate he had the brit Kris Meeke. He won 4 rallyes, including a home victory at Spain and won the JWRC championship afterwards.

Sordo then began his WRC career back in 2006, again driving for Kronos in a Citroen Xsara WRC.

He’s teammates were, at that time 2-time WRC champion Sebastian Loeb and Xavier Pons. Sordo was 8th at the season opener, the Monte Carlo Rallye.

He was only 16th in Sweden, but in Mexico he got an impressive 4th position and then got two podium places at Corsica and Spain.

He was then promoted as a No.2 driver at Kronos, because Pons was more crashing than making results.

Sordo scored a 2nd place finish at Germany and was fourth at New Zealand as a replacement for the injured Loeb.

Then Citroen came back to the WRC in 2007 with the new C4 WRC.

After a great 06 season, Sordo joined the factory Citroen Racing WRT together with triple world champion Loeb.

From 2007-2009 he got many podiums at tarmac rallyes, but never a win, because his teammate was also the guy to win these rallyes and he was the clear No.2 driver so he had to help Loeb to secure the titles for him.


He even had to let Loeb pass for the lead at Spain 2008, what was quite hard for him.

In 2010 Sordo did the same thing like in last three years, but Citroen wanted more from him, they wanted him to be more succesfull on gravel rallyes, even wins there.

But it never happend, so he’s Citroen seat looked really bad, because there was one young french driver who was to replace him, a guy called Sebastian Ogier.

Ogier drove for the Citroen Junior Rallye team, nearly winning at New Zealand and then winning actually at Portugal, he showed winning potential on gravel and tarmac.

So he replaced Sordo for the gravel rallyes at the 2nd half of the WRC 2010 season.

Sordo only drove for the factory teams at the tarmac rallyes and driving for the Junior team at the gravel rallyes.

Well after Ogier won at Japan, it was clear that he will replace Sordo for the 2011 season, and it happend.

Sordo then switched to Mini for the 2011 WRC season, his teammate again Kris Meeke.

After a lot of testing the John Cooper Works WRC car (based on the Countryman) it made it’s debut at the Sardegna Rallye, were he ended up being 6th.


Then a disappointing Finland rallye, but a great Germany rallye with finishing 3rd overall.

Another two podiums at France and Spain later in the year.

So it looked quite promising for Sordo and Mini, as they will compete the full 2012 season.

But after  a great 3rd position at Monte Carlo, everything came to the opposite direction.

BMW pulled out the financial support, so Prodrive didn’t had enough money to compete the 2nd half of the season, the actually long term Mini project was over.

Sordo then became a 2nd chance at Citroen, after Ogier left the team in 2012 and Loeb slowly retiring from the sport.

A terrible to the 1st half of 2013 for Sordo, lacking pace behind teammate Hirvonen.

Citroen again wanted to replace Sordo for the rest of the ”gravel” season with Kris Meeke. But now after the win in Germany, it’s unlikley that they won’t keep him till next year (at least).

Sordo competed in 106 WRC rallyes until winning his first event last weekend. He truly deserved it, now i hope this won’t be the only one….

Note: This rallye was overshadowed by the death of two dutch rallye drivers (one driver, one co-driver) who died at Saturday evening at ”Panzerplatte 2” in a Triumph for the Historic event.  They had crash at the ”Gina” jump. Thoughts are with thier friends and family.

R.I.P.  to both.

Red Bull completes Santiago demo run

Red Bull completes Santiago demo run

David Coulthard took the the streets of Chilean capital Santiago on Sunday afternoon, completing high speed runs and a series of donuts in front of 60,000 spectators. The Scot, who raced for the team between 2005 and 2008, thoroughly enjoyed the event.


“Down the years I’ve been involved in more show car events than I can remember, they’re always special but it’s safe to say that this weekend Chile has made a huge impression on me,” Coulthard explained after the event.

“The welcome we’ve received has been absolutely amazing, the support for the event has been astonishing and I think the crowd actually drowned out the sound of my engine – which takes some doing. It’s been fabulous driving the RB7 around the streets of Santiago.”

Red Bull has visited the United States, Poland, Denmark and South Korea for a range of promotional activities and demonstration runs in recent months.

Source: GPupdate.net

Bruno Senna suffered burns in Singapore GP

It has been revealed that Bruno Senna was burned inside his Williams during the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday. The Brazilian retired from tenth position in the closing stages of the race and the precise cause of the problem is still being investigated.

“It was an extremely frustrating weekend,” admits Mark Gillan, Williams’ Chief Operations Engineer. “It was what I would call a character-building weekend, with the high expectations following a front row qualification and fast race pace ultimately dashed due to a double DNF and a risked strategy call.”

Williams will soon confirm the precise problems for both cars, including that which left Senna with burns as he made his way back to the paddock on foot.

“We have a good idea but are still investigating just to make sure that we have covered all potential causes,” Gillan concluded.

With six races to go in 2012, Oxfordshire-based Williams remains eighth in the Constructors’ Championship but has now fallen to 21 points behind Force India.

Source: GPupdate.net

Formula One to run in Rotterdam

Nico Rosberg and Giedo van der Garde will be demonstrating their F1 cars in the city centre of Rotterdam this Sunday.

City Racing is the biggest Formula 1 event in Holland which allows Dutch fans to get up close to F1 cars and experience the most popular form of motor racing in the world.

Both Nico Rosberg and the Mercedes AMG Petronas team attend this event for the second time. The only Dutch driver in F1 at the moment, Giedo van der Garde, will be taking part in the event on 26th August with his Caterham team. It will be the first time for the reserve driver to show his Formula 1 skills in front of his home crowd. Both Caterham race drivers have taken part in previous City Racing events, with Heikki Kovalainen driving a Renault F1 car in 2008 and Vitaly Petrov, also in a Renault, in 2010.

Romain Grosjean is the third F1 driver to attend City Racing on Sunday. Organizers announced the Lotus driver will sign autographs and challenge the fans to a Formula 1 simulator.

This year is the eighth time Rotterdam is hosting the event, which last year attracted more than half a million enthusiastic fans. Previous attendees include other Adrian Sutil, Giancarlo Fisichella, Jarno Trulli, Fernando Alonso, David Coulthard and Vitaly Petrov. Chinese Grand Prix winner Rosberg said, “I am really looking forward to going back to Rotterdam. Sam Bird told me last year that it was fantastic with half a million people cheering. I hope I can improve that number this year.”

The event will be streamed live at http://www.cityracing.nl/live/ and F1Zone.net will be there to cover it.

Source: F1zone.net