Sordo is about to make a deliberate first WRC begin of a part-time marketing campaign driving Hyundai’s third i20 N, which he’s sharing with Oliver Solberg, on Portugal’s gravel roads subsequent weekend.
Solberg, the son of 2003 world champion Petter, has contested the opening three rallies of 2022 and can change to a Hyundai WRC2 entry in Portugal.
In Croatia final day trip, Solberg misplaced management of the i20 N by way of a high-speed left hander and spun, leading to a rear-end impression with a grass embankment.
Whereas the Swede and co-driver Elliott Edmondson emerged unscathed, the automobile subsequently caught hearth attributable to warmth rising from the exhaust.
Though the fireplace was extinguished and was unrelated to any of the automobile’s electrical elements, the accident triggered the pink gentle on the hybrid system which compelled the automobile into quarantine for the rest of the rally.
Hyundai has confirmed to Autosport the chassis has since returned to the crew’s Alzenau base after security checks have been carried out by the FIA and hybrid equipment provider Compact Dynamics.
Whereas it’s understood the automobile is repairable, the crew has been compelled to construct up a brand new i20 N chassis for for Sordo in Portugal.
Hyundai has since accomplished its pre-event take a look at in Portugal with Sordo, Thierry Neuville and Ott Tanak all having fun with time behind the wheel on gravel.
Dani Sordo, Hyundai Motorsport
Picture by: Fabien Dufour / Hyundai Motorsport
Regardless of this being his first occasion within the Rally1 automobile, Portugal has proved a contented looking floor for Sordo, who has racked up 5 podium finishes throughout his profession driving for Citroen and Hyundai.
“Portugal is all the time very nice, so I’m very blissful that this shall be my first occasion of the season, as I’ve scored a podium right here twice prior to now with Hyundai,” stated Sordo.
“I’m excited to drive the automobile on gravel for the primary time. I’m hoping to have a very good rhythm with the automobile and adapt myself rapidly to this new problem.
“It gained’t be simple as the opposite drivers have performed three rallies already, so I hope the sensation for the automobile comes rapidly.”
Along with Sordo’s first begin of the season, Rally Portugal will have a good time the WRC’s fiftieth season with an array of particular actions deliberate.
A bunch of previous champions and historic automobiles will collect in host metropolis Porto to mark the event, whereas notable drivers shall be reunited with autos from their previous to conduct demonstration runs by way of phases.
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