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Rally Catalunya: Dani Sordo - Kronos interview

Dani Sordo: an important step The dream continues for young Cantabrian driver. Here he is at the start of the Spanish round of championship behind the wheel of a Xsara WRC on a surface he knows best... Dani, despite your short experience on ...

Dani Sordo: an important step
The dream continues for young Cantabrian driver. Here he is at the start of the Spanish round of championship behind the wheel of a Xsara WRC on a surface he knows best...

Dani, despite your short experience on gravel, you proved very confident behind the wheel of the Xsara in Mexico. Do you still prefer asphalt?
"It is true I have more experience on tarmac but I really like driving on gravel. On tarmac, the feeling can be compared to circuit racing, it's a less forgiving terrain: on the loose you can still make some small mistakes without big consequence. Even if I am more confident on asphalt because I simply did more kilometres I enjoy more gravel. It went rather well in Mexico but however I still have to improve a lot before reaching the level of Seb or other drivers like Marcus or Petter."

You discovered the Southern stages of the Catalunya in 2005. Do you like this route?
"Yes I must admit I really like them. Generally, I find the move to Salou has been positive. It's easier for the spectators, there are sufficient good quality hotels here and the organisation is excellent. According to me, the stages are faster in this area. We find a good grip but it's important to remain very cautious on the second passage in the apexes of the corners."

Given the fact that tarmac is your most familiar surface, your rally will be carefully observed? Is there any pressure? What is your target?
"It's difficult to say... It's clear that competing in Spain will add a bit of pressure. The spectators and the media all hope we can make a good result and of course we think about it a lot. Everybody thinks I am a `tarmac specialist' but as I am a rookie I haven't got a favourite terrain. I only have done more kilometres on tarmac! I think I would be happy if I could finish in fourth like in Mexico. Here the competition will be tough with Seb, Xevi, Marcus Mikko, Petter and others... I will start a good pace. See how it goes and then do my best."

Carlos Sainz gives his opinion...

Carlos, you have closely followed the first WRC events of your `protege' Dani Sordo. How would you evaluate his three outings?
"I think Dani has done a good start of the season. Of the three rounds, Sweden was surely the most difficult for him. In Catalunya, I believe he will be able to increase the pace because he will drive at home. I still find he needs more time to learn and enhance his experience to obtain the necessary confidence to drive at very high speed. In any case, I'm satisfied with what he has shown since the start of the year."

Dani will discover the Xsara WRC on a surface he knows better. Does he have to tempt the devil or should he continue to learn. What would you advice?
"In the present case, Dani already has more experience than anywhere else. In Monte Carlo he also learnt about the car and the way to handle it. He has some done some good results on the three events and this gives him a bit more confidence. I think he can start at a normal pace and increase it if everything goes well. But for me, the secret is to drive steadily."

-www.kronosracing.com

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