Dani Sordo wants to take another dip in Sardinia

The Spaniard returns to the World Cup where he won in 2019 and is a favorite alongside the title contenders. Jan Solans, who won in junior, also runs.


Tradition dictates that the winner of the Rally Italia takes a dip in the waters of the port of Alghero. Dani Sordo lived it a year ago, and now he returns to the World Cup in Sardinia after seven months without visiting him, defending the crown achieved in 2019 and as a clear favorite to victory. He will therefore be the referee in the fight for the title held by Elfyn Evans, the unexpected leader, Sebastien Ogier, Ott Tanak and Thierry Neuville.

Of course, as Carlos del Barrio said, who last year escaped from the bathroom in the Mediterranean, "this time if we win I won't save myself, but I'll have to take my wetsuit, because the water is going to be much colder." And it is that the coronavirus has moved the appointment of Sardinia from summer to autumn, which can change its personality if it rains, although the forecast does not give water. Therefore, the starting position of the Spanish, who will leave the last of the officers, favors them, since the predecessors will clear the gravel roads in the first stage.

"This is a very special rally for me, with incredible memories from last year," says Sordo. "I will never forget the feeling of taking that victory with me and I hope we can repeat it this year. The stages are usually quite slippery on the first pass because there is a lot of loose dirt on the surface. This can benefit those of us who come further back. The second pass is much more aggressive on the tires, with higher levels of grip. I tested the car recently and had a good feeling so the goal is victory. "

The Spaniard enters the equation of the title fight, in which the surprising Evans takes the lead ahead of his theoretical leader Ogier and reigning champion Tanak. With two rounds to go, the Welshman has an 18-point lead over the Frenchman and 27 over the Estonian, with two appointments to be held if no one pulls a new one up his sleeve (the Monza Rally Show is being discussed). In marks it is tighter, with Toyota 9 points ahead of Hyundai.

After winning his first stage in his new category and scoring the first points in Turkey, Jan Solans also returns to the scene of his first triumph in junior last year. Step by step, he is gaining confidence, and in this terrain that he already knows, he wants to take one more leap and continue on his way to the top.

World of pilots

1. Elfyn Evans, 97 points

2. Sebastien Ogier, 79

. Ott Tanak, 70

4. Kalle Rovanpera, 70

5. Thierry Neuville, 65

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