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Cyprus Rally: Dani Sordo - Kronos Racing interview

Dani Sordo "I hope I deserve the trust ..." With such a brilliant start on a World Rally Car, Dani could hope for the future. It is now official that he will be Sébastien Loeb's team- mate in the Citroën Sport team in 2007. A `promotion' which...

Dani Sordo "I hope I deserve the trust ..."

With such a brilliant start on a World Rally Car, Dani could hope for the future. It is now official that he will be Sébastien Loeb's team- mate in the Citroën Sport team in 2007. A `promotion' which boosts the Junior World Champion's motivation.

You will still be Sébastien Loeb's team-mate next year...

"Since last year, a lot of my dreams came true... This one is the most fantastic. Guy Fréquelin has decided to trust me, just like some have done before him with the RACC, Carlos Sainz, my Spanish sponsors, Marc Van Dalen and all the Kronos team. Now, I need to do my best and work even harder from the Cyprus Rally to deserve the trust of all those people. To be part of the best team with Sébastien is even better for me. To learn. What he has achieved in Japan is incredible, isn't it? Will I be able to do that one day ?...."

Like it was the case in Japan, you are a rookie in Cyprus...

"I've heard that the island's beaches are very beautiful. I like beaches. Not for sun-bathing though but to go on the water. In Spain, the sea is situated ten minutes from home. I have a jet-ski and I use it a lot because I enjoy it very much. More seriously, like for Japan, I have asked a lot of questions to increase my knowledge about that event I don't know. I've been told the heat is huge, the speed is really low and that it's demanding on the cars, tyres and crews. As far as `hot and rough' rallies are concerned, my only experience is two participations in the Acropolis, one with a C2 S1600 last year and one with the Xsara WRC this year. Marc [Martí] competed twice in Cyprus and it will help. Once more we will have to be very focused during the recce..."

And during the event?

"First of all, we would need to find the right feeling, which dictates the `natural' pace to choose. In Japan, I didn't manage to do that. That rally is really special. The recce were completed in difficult conditions and maybe it is for that reason. I wasn't satisfied with my pacenotes and I corrected a lot of them over the first passage unlike usually. The car was perfect but I couldn't find the confidence. In Cyprus, I hope I will be able to get the right feeling straight away. I will try to achieve a top six finish with a focus on the Manufacturers' points. My job is to score some precious points for the team. I succeeded in Germany but had a blank score in the next two rounds. I will be very unhappy not to bring any to the team in Cyprus..."

-credit: Kronos Racing

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Series WRC
Drivers Carlos Sainz , Sébastien Loeb , Guy Frequelin
Teams Citroën World Rally Team