Dani Sordo

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This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Sordo and the second or maternal family name is Castillo.
Dani Sordo
Daniel Sordo.jpg
Sordo at the 2011 Cornberry-Park rally show.
Personal information
Nationality Spain Spanish
Born (1983-05-02) May 2, 1983 (age 31)
Torrelavega, Cantabria
World Rally Championship record
Active years 2003–present
Teams Citroën, Mini
Rallies 107
Championships 0
Rally wins 1
Podiums 35
Stage wins 131
Total points 583
First rally 2003 Rally Catalunya
First win 2013 ADAC Rallye Deutschland
Last win 2013 ADAC Rallye Deutschland

Daniel "Dani" Sordo Castillo (born May 2, 1983 in Torrelavega, Cantabria) is a Spanish rally driver. He competes in the World Rally Championship for the Citroen World Rally Team. He achieved his first WRC victory at the 2013 rally of Germany.

Career[edit]

Sordo began in motocross when he was 12 years old, but also experienced success with hillclimbing, karting and touring cars. He first drove in a World Rally Championship event at the Rally Catalunya, the Spanish round of the series, in 2003 in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII, finishing 18th overall. He won the Spanish Junior Championship that year, and retained the title in 2004, while also accumulating further international experience at the WRC events in Argentina (retired), France (13th) and Spain (20th).

In this last event, he switched from the Lancer Evo to a Citroën C2 S1600, and for 2005 he committed to a full season driving the C2 in the Junior World Rally Championship (JWRC) with Belgium's Kronos Racing team. He also switched co-drivers, now being paired with Marc Martí, the former co-driver of double World Champion Carlos Sainz. Victories in Sardinia, Finland, Germany and Spain brought him the junior world title.

Sordo driving a Citroën Xsara WRC at the 2006 Rally Japan.

These showings earned Sordo a subsequent drive in a Kronos Total Citroën-prepared Xsara World Rally Car as the team's third driver in the 2006 season, although the initial plan - latterly dropped - was for the Spaniard to combine a piecemeal World Rally Car programme with a simultaneous defence of the JWRC title in the C2.

His early results though, including successive podiums at the Rally Catalunya and the Rallye de France, proved sufficient to not only expand his complement of contested events, but also ensure promotion to the second driver berth from the Rallye Deutschland onwards, alongside Sébastien Loeb and ahead of team-mate Xavier Pons. Sordo finished the 2006 season with four podium places, 49 points and a fifth overall in the drivers' world championship.

Sordo driving a Citroën C4 WRC at the 2010 Rally Finland.

Citroën Sport then announced that Sordo will be their second driver for their 2007 season works team return. Sébastien Loeb would lead the team's push to win another title, this time using the C4 instead of Xsara.[1] Sordo started the season with a second place at the 2007 Monte Carlo Rally and went on to finish on the podium six more times; in Portugal, Italy, Spain, where he also led a WRC event for the first time in his career, France, Japan and Ireland. With 65 points, he placed fourth overall in the drivers' championship, behind his teammate Loeb and BP Ford World Rally Team's Marcus Grönholm and Mikko Hirvonen.

In the 2008 season, after only three points in the first three events, Sordo finished third in Argentina and second in Jordan. On July 12, Sordo won the SM O.K. Auto-Ralli, the fifth round of the Finnish Rally Championship. Initially, he only planned to use the event as a test session when Citroën decided to competitively enroll him in the event to build confidence in preparation for the 2008 Rally Finland. Sordo's win marks his first in a WRC car.[2] Citroën is also believed to have been testing out new parts at this event as a few slight modifications could be noticed in a few cars.

Back in the World Rally Championship, Sordo took fourth place in Finland and went on to drive his C4 WRC to three consecutive runner-up finishes behind his teammate Loeb; in Germany, New Zealand and Spain. With these results, Citroën passed Ford and took a 27-point lead in the manufacturers' world championship. At the season-ending Wales Rally GB, Loeb and Sordo secured the team their fourth manufacturers' crown by finishing first and third, respectively. Sordo finished a career-best third in the drivers' standings. In the 2010 WRC season Dani Sordo scored a 4th place in the opening round Rally Sweden, while he scored no points in the following round in Rally Mexico. In the third round in Rally Jordan he scored another 4th place, in the Turkish Rally he was forced to retire, while in Rally New Zealand he scored 5th place and in the Rally of Portugal he scored his first podium finish of the year, while in Rally Bulgaria, Sordo finished in second place behind his team leader Loeb, giving his Citroen team their first one-two finish of the season. However, he will be replaced by Sebastien Ogier for the remaining gravel events of the season in the works team, and will be demoted to the Citroen Junior Team alongside Kimi Räikkönen. In Rally Finland Sordo finished 4th and from Rally Deutschland onwards Dani Sordo swapped his co-driver to Diego Vallejo. In Rally Deutschland itself Dani Scored another 2nd place podium. In the following Rally in Japan he finished 4th and in Rally Alsace 2nd again. He is currently 5th in the standings and has 53 points if using the old scoring system with 2 rounds remaining until the end of the season. At the end of the season he has 63 points using the old scoring system in 5th place. For the 2011 season Dani Sordo had joined MINI in their first year in the WRC securing 2 podiums in Germany and France 3rd and 2nd place respectively and 4th place in Spain and 6th in the first round for MINI in Sardegnia. For 2012 he continues his partnership with MINI for their first full season beginning in Monte-Carlo Rally. In Monte-Carlo he took his first podium for 2012 finishing in second place. Round 2 in Sweden he went off road scoring no points. Rally Mexico Sordo did not compete due to MINI separating from Prodrive. A round later however after some more than 100 modifications for the MINI, Sordo won 6 stages including the power stage. Sordo is set to replace Ford's number one in Argentina, after the finn was injured in practice for the upcoming event, for now that is the only event he will replace Ford's Finn after which he will compete in New-Zealand,Germany,France and Spain as the team try to focus on the sealed surfaces. Besides competing in the WRC for 2012, Dani Sordo is to participate in the IRC in the Tour De-Course in a MINI. Took his maiden win in the 2012-Tour de-Course in the IRC championship. After 2 seasons in the Prodrive(a.k.a MINI) Team Dani Sordo rejoined Citroen for 2013 driving the second DS3 WRC.

At 2013 Rallye Deustchland, Sordo was in a stable third position in the second of three days, but after first and second placed Jari-Matti Latvala and Thierry Neuville left the road, Sordo found himself in the lead, with the Belgian just 0.8 seconds behind him at the end of the day, with just two stages to go. He eventually managed to hold on to first place and finally, after a nail-biting PowerStage and at his 106th WRC start, Dani Sordo won a WRC round.

For season 2014 Sordo joined the Hyundai Motorsport team and will drive the second car in selected events.[3]

WRC Victories[edit]

 #  Event Season Co-driver Car
1 Germany 31. ADAC Rallye Deutschland 2013 Carlos del Barrio Citroën DS3 WRC

Career results[edit]

Complete WRC results[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Points
2003 Dani Sordo Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII MON SWE TUR NZL ARG GRC CYP GER FIN AUS ITA FRA ESP
18
GBR NC 0
2004 Dani Sordo Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII MON SWE MEX NZL CYP GRE TUR ARG
Ret
FIN GER
19
JPN GBR ITA FRA
13
NC 0
Citroën C2 S1600 ESP
20
2005 Dani Sordo Citroën C2 S1600 MON
15
SWE MEX NZL ITA
17
CYP TUR GRE
Ret
ARG FIN
15
GER
13
GBR JPN FRA
15
ESP
12
AUS NC 0
2006 Kronos Total Citroën WRT Citroën Xsara WRC MON
8
SWE
16
MEX
4
ESP
2
FRA
3
ARG
5
ITA
3
GRE
6
GER
2
FIN
Ret
JPN
DSQ
CYP
Ret
TUR
7
AUS
23
NZL
5
GBR
7
5th 49
2007 Citroën Total WRT Citroën C4 WRC MON
2
SWE
12
NOR
25
MEX
4
POR
3
ARG
6
ITA
3
GRE
24
FIN
Ret
GER
Ret
NZL
6
ESP
2
FRA
3
JPN
2
IRE
2
GBR
5
4th 65
2008 Citroën Total WRT Citroën C4 WRC MON
11
SWE
6
MEX
16
ARG
3
JOR
2
ITA
5
GRE
5
TUR
4
FIN
4
GER
2
NZL
2
ESP
2
FRA
Ret
JPN
DSQ
GBR
3
3rd 65
2009 Citroën Total WRT Citroën C4 WRC IRE
2
NOR
5
CYP
4
POR
3
ARG
2
ITA
22
GRE
11
POL
2
FIN
4
AUS
3
ESP
2
GBR
3
3rd 64
2010 Citroën Total WRT Citroën C4 WRC SWE
4
MEX
14
JOR
4
TUR
Ret
NZL
5
POR
3
BUL
2
GER
2
FRA
2
ESP
3
5th 150
Citroën Junior Team FIN
5
JPN
4
GBR
5
2011 Mini WRC Team Mini John Cooper Works WRC SWE MEX POR JOR ITA
6
ARG GRE FIN
Ret
GER
3
AUS FRA
2
ESP
4
GBR
20
8th 59
2012 Mini WRC Team Mini John Cooper Works WRC MON
2
SWE
Ret
MEX 11th 35
Prodrive WRC Team POR
11
GRE NZL
6
FIN GER
9
GBR FRA
Ret
ITA ESP
9
Ford World Rally Team Ford Fiesta RS WRC ARG
Ret
2013 Abu Dhabi Citroën Total WRT Citroën DS3 WRC MON
3
SWE
Ret
ARG
9
FRA
2
5th 123
Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT MEX
4
POR
12
GRE
2
ITA
4
FIN
5
GER
1
AUS ESP
Ret
GBR
7
2014 Hyundai Shell World Rally Team Hyundai i20 WRC MON
Ret
SWE MEX POR
Ret
ARG
Ret
ITA POL FIN GER AUS FRA ESP GBR NC* 0*

* Season in progress.

JWRC results[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pos. Points
2005 Dani Sordo Citroën C2 S1600 MON
4
MEX ITA
1
GRE
Ret
FIN
1
GER
1
FRA
2
ESP
1
1st 53

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Citroën reward rising star Sordo". BBC Motorsport News. 2006-09-05. Retrieved 6 September 2006. 
  2. ^ "Sordo takes first win with C4 in Finland". Crash.net. Retrieved 10 December 2008. 
  3. ^ WRC.com - Hyundai reveals its driver line-up Retrieved on 10th of December 2013

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Per-Gunnar Andersson
Junior World Rally Champion
2005
Succeeded by
Patrik Sandell