Deaf maintains his reign

He dominated the first stage of the transalpine event and is running to repeat last year's triumph. The other side of the coin was Jan Solans, who dropped out.


Dani Sordo refuses to be king 'emeritus' in Sardinia. He wants to continue on the throne achieved last year, and he has shown this by dominating the first stage of Rally Italia. Together with Carlos del Barrio, the king 'consort', they are leaders of the event after winning four of the six stages contested, but there are still two days left to sing the final alirón.

After the initial surprise of Teemu Suninen's lead with the Ford, which was not surprising to Sordo because he was already expecting it, the Spaniard took command with his Hyundai in the fourth stage, and did not let go of him until the end of the stage. Taking advantage of his delayed starting position, which allowed him to ride with less dirt on the surface, Dani won four stages. “I'm having fun, and I'm going to keep it up. That's my strategy, "he explained with a sly smile, although later he clarified that" it's fine, but it's only the first day. Much remains ”.

He finished with a 17.4 advantage over Suninen, 35.2 over Thierry Neuville and 36 over Sebastien Ogier, his pursuers. A good cushion, but not enough, since in the remaining two days the starting order is reversed, and the main candidates for the title, the Belgian, the French and Elfyn Evans, will no longer pay the tribute of opening the track, so that the tables will be leveled. The one who has fallen out of the equation has been Ott Tanak, who has lost all his options after suffering suspension problems in the first sections.

The suspension was the way of the cross for Jan Solans, who after setting a great time in the first section, retired after also suffering this problem in his car. A shame, because like Sordo he also wanted to repeat his triumph in Sardinia, only this time in his new category.


1 Sordo-Del Barrio (Esp / Hyundai), 1: 12: 40.9

2 Suninen-Lehtinen (Fin / Ford), at 17.5s

Neuville-Gilsoul (Bel / Hyundai), at 35.2s

4 Ogier-Ingrassia (Fra / Toyota), a 36s

5 Evans-Martin (Gbr / Toyota), at 51.9s

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