Hyundai Motorsports WRC Team driver Dani Sordo says he is a happy man after he took two stage wins on the opening day of Rally Italia Sardegna on Friday having scored four stages wins to takes a 17.4s overall lead over Teemu Suninen in Saturday.
Speaking following the action the Spaniard said:
Yes I am a happy man, and happy to come back this way with this road position. Keep things like this for tomorrow is not easy, but we need to push. The advantage on Suninen is never too much and tomorrow is a long day with very difficult tyre choice and difficult stages.
Defending champion Ott Tanak recovered from a tough start to the day to end up eigth overall, 1:53.7s behind his team mate Dani Sordo. Speaking following the action he said:
This afternoon it was working well still a lot of cleaning up and loose roads, but no drama.Tomorrow we will continue as this afternoon the fight is now. Monza? First lets finish this one.
Thierry Neuville ended the day in third place overall, 35.2s behind Dani Sordo and speaking following the action he said:
To be honest I was expecting better, we struggled with the set up but after we made some changes and it was better, I felt more confortable in the car. It was bizarre that the car stalled two times in some corners so I lost about 12 seconds today. The target for tomorrow is of course P1.
Pierre Louis Loubet ended the day in seventh place, 1:33.5s behimd Sordo and speaking following the action he said:
In Castelsardo I was in fourth position but after I had some problems in the last stage. Anyway, my experience continues kilometres after kilometres.
Hyundai Motorsports WRC Team Principal Andreas Adamo commented saying:
We have to be realistic, the starting position was good. Dani Sordo and Carlos Del Barrio did not drive a lot in this season but they jumped in this car and were so focused, very convinced and decisive. Thank you Dani and Carlos. About Neuville nobody is perfect (about the two stalls today) and about Tanak it is with regret I see the times, if he did not have these issues… but we know the coin has always two sides.