The skilled Spaniard indicated a programme of a minimum of 4 rallies earlier this 12 months, with Hyundai’s new signing Oliver Solberg anticipated to contest nearly all of the 13 spherical WRC season within the third i20 N.
Sordo has confirmed to be a invaluable asset for the crew, having rapidly gelled with Hyundai’s quick however fragile i20 N to attain back-to-back third place finishes in his first two begins in Portugal (Could) and Sardinia earlier this month.
The outcomes, boosted by Ott Tanak’s breakthrough win in Sardinia, have helped elevate Hyundai to second within the producers’ championship 39 factors adrift of Toyota.
“It is a very motivating end result for the entire crew, and I’m happy to attain one other podium for them,” mentioned Sordo.
“I’m right here with the goal of competing for factors, and to help our crew’s fightback within the championship. Ott’s win and my third place has helped us to shut the hole, which was the target this weekend.”
Dani Sordo, Candido Carrera, Hyundai World Rally Workforce Hyundai i20 N Rally1
Photograph by: Romain Thuillier / Hyundai Motorsport
Hyundai has beforehand confirmed that Solberg will return for subsequent weekend’s Safari Rally, and this week introduced he would preserve the seat for the next spherical in Estonia 14-17 July.
It seems Solberg may stay on the wheel for rounds in Finland (4-7 August) and Belgium (18-21 August), with Sordo revealing that his subsequent outing is most probably set to reach on the gravel in Greece from 8-11 September.
“After the summer season, I’ve holidays now,” mentioned Sordo when requested about his WRC return.
“After two rallies, I must relaxation (joking). I’m 40, you already know. My subsequent is Acropolis in Greece. I wait till there.
“It’s as much as the crew to have respectable preparation and we try to take factors with Ott and Thierry for the Drivers’ Championship. I need to see my crew going up.”
At Toyota, Esapekka Lappi is about to return to 3rd GR Yaris in Estonia following the return of eight-time world champion Sebastien Ogier to the WRC in Kenya subsequent week.
Toyota is but to substantiate Ogier’s schedule for the remaining rounds of the season, however the Frenchman has revealed this week that he could sit out the remaining rounds of the World Endurance Championship, following his run to ninth within the LMP2 class on debut eventually weekend’s Le Mans 24 Hours.
Ought to Le Mans be Ogier’s final WEC spherical of the season, the 38-year-old may very well be out there to contest the Acropolis Rally and the season ending journey to Japan in November that at the moment conflict with the WEC schedule.
In the meantime, Ogier shall be joined in Kenya subsequent week by fellow a number of WRC champion Sebastien Loeb, who will pilot one in every of 5 M-Sport Ford Pumas alongside Craig Breen, Adrien Fourmaux, Gus Greensmith, and a privateer entry for Jourdan Serderidis.
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