Sordo ends on a high note

Dani Sordo continued the last day of Rally Spain where he finished on Saturday, by winning four more stages in his MINI John Cooper Works WRC, taking the tally to six.

Sordo won all three stagesin the morning and for the afternoon, with rain forecast, he gambled on running only hard Michelin tyres and it paid off winning the last stage and only coming second on the Powerstage due to the onset of rain.

Meanwhile, team-mate Jarkko Nikara, in his first event in a World Rally Car, finished in fifth place overall, one of the best WRC debuts in recent years, confirming what a great talent he is.

After going off the road on the first day’s very wet gravel stages, Sordo returned to competition under Rally 2 on Saturday’s tarmac stages. Unfortunately, on the first stage of the day, a fuel injector failed meaning the car ran on just three cylinders for the morning’s stages. After a heroic effort by the Prodrive WRC Team during service, the problem was fixed and Sordo went out and returned the favour by immediately setting two fastest stage times, showing just how fast the car is.

Nikara meanwhile was setting competitive stage times on the tarmac and steadily moving up the leaderboard during Saturday and Sunday as drivers ahead of him found trouble.

More motorsport in this week’s Banbury Guardian.