Dani Sordo: "I've climbed one more step !" After a very good performance in Turkey and at the eve of the Australian round which he knows unforgiving for beginners, the Junior world champion evaluates his progression... In Turkey, you were...
Dani Sordo: "I've climbed one more step !"
After a very good performance in Turkey and at the eve of the Australian round which he knows unforgiving for beginners, the Junior world champion evaluates his progression...
In Turkey, you were happy with your pacenotes. You posted very good times even on the first passages. What have you changed to reach this improvement?
"I think I did progress in my appreciation of the pacenotes. I must say that since Japan, I've discovered every round and it's a good training for that ! But I also think that my experience increases progressively and that's the most important. For me it's clear that this gain of experience helps me to be in the right pace straight away."
You have also showed a great satisfaction about the handling of the Xsara. Did you choose your own set-up? What do the tests with Citroen Sport bring you in terms of autonomy to select your settings?
"In Turkey, I noticed from the shakedown that I had a excellent feeling with the car. Something special but difficult to explain. Now I know I dominate my car, and not any more the opposite. I had chosen a set-up which I determined during some test in Spain. I was satisfied with the car's handling and my feeling driving it. On top of that, the gravel type might suit me better. It's real gravel not loose where I think I struggle bit more. The products of the BFGoodrich range also matched the terrain really well... when I did the right choice. I really like the tests with Citroen Sport. It's a huge pleasure to work on the car's set-up. Outside an event and its pressure, I can judge immediately the effect of such or such change. It's an enormous gain of experience."
Xevi [Pons] and yourself will have to defend the team's interests in Australia while the `boss' isn't here. Are you ready to tackle this difficult and new terrain to you?
"It's true that I will feel some pressure. Everybody keeps on warning me about the Australian terrain characteristics and its difficulty. They say it's one of the toughest challenge of the championship. I'm planning to drive as usual, which is do the best I can, choose a steady pace, especially for the start, the time for me to understand the terrain. And after that I will try to pick up some points for the team. For me being a real beginner there, it's hard to say more than this."
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