Dani Sordo dominates Rally Italia Sardinia for the second yr in a row

Dani Sordo dominates Rally Italia Sardinia for the second year in a row

The Spaniard, driving solely his second WRC rally this yr, got here below intense stress because the duelling Neuville and Ogier ate into his half-minute lead within the closing 4 gravel pace checks. He held on nonetheless to win the sixth spherical of the 2020 World Rally Championship by 5.1s in a Hyundai i20.

It marked a 3rd WRC victory for 37-year-old Sordo, who was by no means headed after taking the lead on Friday morning. It was additionally his second consecutive triumph on the Mediterranean island after a dramatic last-gasp success in 2019.

“This place is basically particular and we have seen a robust efficiency throughout the entire crew. I am not notably happy with my tempo right now. We had a giant lead coming into Sunday morning, however I wasn’t capable of set the identical instances as Thierry and Ogier, so issues have been a bit too shut by the tip,” he mentioned.

Behind, Sordo’s team-mate Neuville and Ogier fought tooth-and-nail. After buying and selling locations all rally, Ogier defended second all through Sunday, till a blistering drive from his Belgian rival enabled Neuville to grab the place by only one second in a tense closing stage shootout.

“I used to be on the restrict and pushed very onerous,” admitted six-time champion Ogier, who gained six of the rally’s 16 rocky checks over three days in northern Sardinia. “It was intense the entire weekend. We gave the whole lot within the final stage and there is not rather more I may have finished.”

Hyundai’s 1–2 promoted the Korean squad into the lead of the Producers’ Championship, with a seven-point benefit over Toyota Gazoo Racing. Simply 6.1s coated the rostrum locations, the smallest margin in WRC historical past.

Teemu Suninen led initially, however after slipping again with mechanical issues on his Ford Fiesta, the Finn completed fifth, 31.6s behind Evans.

It was additionally a disappointing weekend for world champion Ott Tänak after suspension issues on his Hyundai i20 value time on the opening morning. He recovered to sixth and gained most bonus factors within the rally-closing Wolf Energy Stage, however trails Evans by 28 factors within the title struggle.

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