Dani Sordo wins again in Sardinia for the second time

The Spaniard repeated his triumph on the Mediterranean island with Carlos del Barrio, after containing the fierce final attack by Thierry Neuville and Sebastien Ogier.


Dani Sordo has returned to the Olympus of rallying. The Spanish, along with his inseparable Carlos del Barrio, has won again in Sardinia, where they already prevailed last year. After a hectic weekend in which they had to contain the fierce attack by Thierry Neuville and Sebastien Ogier, the two Cantabrians have once again climbed to the highest step of the Alghero podium.

It was not easy, because in the final stage Dani was choked on the Cala Flumini stage, which was covered twice. In the first, he gave a touch with the rear in the initial corner and was off-center as he was drier than he thought, giving up 12.1 seconds, almost half his advantage. He recovered his smile in the next one, in which he only gave up 8 tenths with Neuville, and surpassed Ogier by the same difference, but on the return to Cala Flumini they fell 6.9 again, so that he reached the final stage with 9, 2 seconds ahead. Enough.

Third World Cup victory for the Spanish couple, after those achieved in 2013 in Germany and last year in this same scenario. A victory that helps to do justice in a race in which there have been many podium finishes, 47, but for one reason or another the victories have been resisted.

But it is clear that a driver who rises to the drawer in a third of his participations is capable of winning at any moment. And so it has been in Sardinia, where the participation in the last meeting of the year at Monza and the renewal of its contract with Hyundai for 2021 has possibly been ensured.

Neuville beat Ogier for second place after starring in a duel that makes history, and Elfyn Evans, who was fourth, has seen his lead in front of the World Cup reduced. Now he has Ogier at 14 points, Neuville at 24 and Tanak (who won the Power Stage) at 28 with two rounds remaining to be played in Belgium (19-22 November) and Italy (4-6 December), if the coronavirus allows

Of course, if the pandemic prevented its celebration, the FIA has confirmed that Evans would be champion after the six rallies already contested. And Hyundai too, since with their double they have overtaken Toyota in the brand rankings.


1 Sordo-Del Barrio (Hyundai), 2h 41: 37.5

2 Ogier-Ingrassia (Fra / Toyota), a 5.1s

Neuville-Gilsoul (Bel / Hyundai), at 6.1s

4 Evans-Martin (Gbr / Toyota), at 1: 02.3

5 Suninen-Lehtinen (Fin / Ford), at 1: 33.9

Drivers' World Championship

1 Elfyn Evans, 111 points

2 Sebastien Ogier, 97

Thierry Neuville, 87

4 Ott Tanak, 83

5 Kalle Rovanpera, 70

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