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Rally Argentina: Dani Sordo - Kronos interview

Dani Sordo: "Back to school..." After an outstanding performance in Catalunya, Dani had to confirm this result in Corsica. He claimed an excellent third place, bringing once again the Kronos Racing Xsara on the podium. His team's warm ...

Dani Sordo: "Back to school..."

After an outstanding performance in Catalunya, Dani had to confirm this result in Corsica. He claimed an excellent third place, bringing once again the Kronos Racing Xsara on the podium. His team's warm congratulations in Ajaccio and the enthusiasm caused by his incredible tarmac achievements so far, haven't however affected the Junior World Champion's lucidity. His feet on the ground, he explains that he has `to go back to school' in Argentina...

Did you think that after your good performance in Catalunya, you could claim for another good result in Corsica ? Which of these two events was for you the most difficult ? And which of these two results do you prefer?

"I didn't really know if I could do another good result in Corsica but of course I was hoping for it. In Ajaccio, we had the confirmation of our performance in Spain. I cannot really say I prefer one or the other. They are just as important. Spain has a special flavour because it's my first podium on a WRC and at home in front of my fans and family. But Corsica has also proven that Marc [Martí] and I can do well in other places than our own country. What I can say is that Corsica demands more than Spain on the driving point of view. There are more corners so the pacenotes have to be more precise. For me it was also tricky to learn how to manage my tyres and my car through long stages."

You have told us in Ajaccio that in Argentina you were going back to school to learn. What do you know about the country and the rally? What happened on your single outing on the event in 2004?

"I competed there two years ago and it was a real adventure. We went through a water splash on stage three and some water came in the engine. It broke down and we were forced to retire. We restarted in superally on Saturday and drove one stage where we broke the differential and retired again. On Sunday, still in superally, we were finally able to complete all stages. From I've seen it looks like it's a great event and a nice country. I'm convinced it will be difficult for me on the recce as I need to take completely new notes, but we've already done a gravel event in Mexico and we did quite well there, so hopefully we can repeat that there."

Is a good performance in Cordoba useful for you to eventually extend your WRC programme? Which will be your target? Which strategy will you choose?

"Of course, a good result could help me to continue my apprenticeship. All my partners are carefully looking at me and I need to show I'm worth their trust. The next step in my learning process is Argentina, my second time on gravel with a WRC. I've just learned that I will be competing in Sardinia and Greece with the Xsara as well. Of course, this is very good news. It's great to know that I still have three opportunities to learn. As I have less experience on that surface in WRC, I will try to take good pacenotes. During the rally, I will start on a controlled pace, increasing it if everything goes well, for example on the second passage through a stage. I feel no pressure but I just want to drive without making mistake and maybe finish in the points, which will be a reasonable result considering our experience."

-kronos-

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