On his second participation in the Monte Carlo Rally, young Dani Sordo drove for a Xsara WRC for the first time. On his second outing behind the wheel of a WRC, he will discover the Swedish Rally. What did you think of your first rally on a...
On his second participation in the Monte Carlo Rally, young Dani Sordo drove for a Xsara WRC for the first time. On his second outing behind the wheel of a WRC, he will discover the Swedish Rally.
What did you think of your first rally on a World Rally Car? What were the positive and the negative points of the Monte Carlo?
"I think it was rather positive. The only problem was that this year's edition was a very difficult one. Not because of the rally route itself but because of the weather and road conditions, and also because of the constant changes of grip. In some stages, you could find 2 kilometres of snow followed by 5 kilometres of ice and then another 5 kilometres of dry tarmac.... Incredible! I find that in dry conditions, I felt quite confident and I could set good times like our second fastest behind Sébastien. When it was a bit more tricky I had to drive more carefully and I posted some fifth or sixth quickest times."
You've never participated in the Swedish Rally. Have you ever visited the country? What do you know of the event? It's also the JWRC's first round, a competition in which you will be defending your title. Why have you decided to take part in a WRC rather than in a S1600?
"To be honest I don't know much about Sweden where I have never been before. It will be my first time there but from what I've heard, it's a great event and a nice country. It's the only rally on snow and people say it's a lot of fun to drive there. Sébastien told me that you have to drive full throttle all the way but that the grip is almost as good as it is on tarmac. On ice for example, the tyres work really well and you can push really hard. Regarding the Junior competition, I'm supported by Citroën and none of the drivers of the team will participate in this event. For us, I think the option of Spain or France is a much better one. This event is good for guys like Katamajaki who come from the North of Europe and are used to that terrain. For me, it will be a far better experience to do it with a 4-wheel-drive car than with a S1600."
Has your mentor Carlos Sainz given you any advice? For your debuts in Sweden, what are your ambitions?
"My ambitions are firstly to learn a maximum of things. The first day, I think I will begin slowly and depending on how it goes I will increase the pace progressively. Carlos has ringed me on the Monte but he hasn't given me any advice for Sweden yet. I will also listen to Seb' who has done an impressive rally once more last weekend."