Hyundai Motorsports WRC Team’s Dani Sordo says he took advantage of what happened to his rivals on Friday in Rally Italia Sardegna as he claimed his second successive event here in the FIA World Rally Championship on Sunday. Speaking to Paddock Eye during the post event press conference, Sordo who came home just ahead of his team mate Thierry Neuville said
To be honest and to be clear, the rally I like in general, I feel really good but like we already talk and we say when you are starting from the back on the first day, you start up front we managed to take advantage and on day 2 we took advantage and here, Portugal and many other rallies on gravel I can fight at the front.
Speaking during his post event debrief, Sordo said:
This is an amazing result and I am really happy to have taken my second victory for Hyundai Motorsport, at the scene of my first one last year. This place is really special and we have seen a strong performance across the whole team. I am not particularly pleased with my pace today. We had a big lead coming into Sunday morning, but I wasn’t able to set the same times as Thierry of Ogier so things were a bit too close by the end of the Power Stage. Still, we were able to get the job done and to help the team to move into the lead of the manufacturers’ standings. Mission accomplished. Finally, I would like to take the opportunity to send on behalf of myself and Carlos our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Laura Salvo. We will always remember her.
Defending champion Ott Tanak had a problematic event suffering suspension issues on Friday which put him behind going into the weekend however he was able to bounce back and finish the event in sixth place overall just behind M-Sport Ford’s Teemu Suninen.
Speaking following the action Tanak said:
It has been a difficult and disappointing weekend for us. From the suspension problems on Friday, we knew we wouldn’t be able to mount a serious challenge. We still kept pushing and supporting the team as best we could. Aside from the issues on Friday, the car has been ok but we know we could have done so much more this weekend. We managed to complete the rally on a more positive note with five points in the Power Stage. The team is working really hard, as it has all season long, and they are doing a great job. We haven’t had things go our way, but we’ll push through and surely improvements will come.
Thierry Neuville came home in second place just 5.1s behind Dani Sordo and speaking following the event he said:
I am so happy to finish in second place and score four points from the Power Stage. The result moves us to third in the drivers’ standings after a fantastic battle with Sebastien. I really enjoyed it. We did the best we could all weekend after some issues which lost us some valuable time. Huge congratulations to Dani and Carlos for a beautiful victory, and to the team, for this incredible 1-2, which has really helped our position in the manufacturers’ championship.
Hyundai Motorsport Team Principal Andreas Adamo commented on the victory saying:
I am very pleased to have taken a 1-2 in Sardinia and to see Hyundai Motorsport back in the lead of the manufacturers’ championship. It has been a difficult weekend, which started with some issues. My team – all the engineers, mechanics, drivers and co-drivers have been completely focused on how to improve. I am amazed at what they have achieved once more and I am happy to see how they are all working together in pursuit of our goals. I am honestly not sure if I deserve to work with such good people. Thierry and Nicholas did a fantastic job to take second place, while Ott and Martin where quickest in the Power Stage. I am very happy that Dani and Carlos have taken this victory. I know they were very close to Laura Salvo, so my thoughts are with them and with her family. We have five Hyundai Motorsport built cars in the top eight of the classification which is testament to the work of our entire organisation, and my congratulations also go to Jari Huttunen for his WRC 3 success.