Dani Sordo of Spain won this year's Rally of Italy in Sardinia

Dani Sordo of Spain received this 12 months’s Rally of Italy in Sardinia

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Unfastened International Rally Championship pointers for the Rally Catalunya of Spain.

Ceremonial get started: 6pm Thursday.

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Dani Sordo
1pt each-way 9-1 Betway

Rally preview

It is now or by no means for Sebastien Ogier and Thierry Neuville if they’re to disclaim Ott Tanak the arena rally crown.

The Estonian superstar is 1-40 to take his first championship and leads Ogier by way of 28 issues and Neuville by way of 41 with simplest this week’s Rally Catalunya of Spain and the finale in Ausrtralia to come back.

Tanak is 11-Eight favorite to safe the victory that might clinch the crown at the mixed-surface rally that mixes asphalt and gravel phases.

Going first at the early gravel phases is a drawback for the identify contenders, even though, and drivers additional down the standings can benefit from a later beginning slot.


Hyundai’s Dani Sordo appeals maximum. The Spaniard has competed in simplest seven of the 12 occasions, so is simplest 10th within the standings regardless of his victory at the Sardinian gravel roads within the Rally of Italy.

Sordo has been at the podium seven occasions in his house match and will have to have the ability to display up smartly once more.

Sebastien Loeb has no longer been crushed in Spain in his remaining 9 appearances and he is making an attempt to copy remaining 12 months’s comeback victory having no longer raced because the Portuguese spherical in June.

Standings: 1 O Tanak 240, 2 S Ogier 212, three T Neuville 199, four A Mikkelsen 102, Five Ok Meeke 98, 6 E Evans 90.

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