PHOTO: Sardinia’s capital Cagliari lies in the coastal background as Dani Sordo flies to asset time in Shakedown today (Vittorio Sanguineti pic)
DANI Sordo edged out Kris Meeke to set fastest time in Thursday morning’s shakedown at Rally Italia Sardegna.
In dry and sunny conditions, Meeke looked set to top the timesheets through the Putifigari test in Citroën’s DS 3 until Sordo went quickest by 0.2sec on the third of four runs in a Hyundai i20.
“We were working with the suspension to have better grip for the rally,” said Sordo. “The stage was really rough at the end, not with stones but with the soft surface. It was difficult to find the right line.
“The roads weren’t so representative of the rally. The first 2km was OK, but the end was completely different. But this rally has a lot of different characteristics so it’s difficult to say what is normal.”
Mads Østberg was 0.9sec behind Sordo in third in Citroën’s second DS 3, with Volkswagen Motorsport duo Sébastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala tied a further 0.2sec back.
Thierry Neuville completed the top six in another i20, emerging from his final run with rear bodywork damage after sliding wide and striking a tree.
The sixth round of the FIA World Rally Championship is based in Alghero and starts tonight with a 2.50km super special stage in the harbour area of Cagliari, the island’s capital city.
Shakedown Top 10:
1. Dani Sordo, Hyundai i20 3min 27.4sec
2. Kris Meeke, Citroën DS 3 3min 27.6sec
3. Mads Østberg, Citroën DS 3 3min 28.3sec
4= Sébastien Ogier, Volkswagen Polo R 3min 28.5sec
4= Jari-Matti Latvala, Volkswagen Polo R 3min 28.5sec
6. Thierry Neuville, Hyundai i20 3min 29.4sec
7. Robert Kubica, Ford Fiesta RS 3min 30.3sec
8. Andreas Mikkelsen, Volkswagen Polo R 3min 31.3sec
9. Hayden Paddon,vHyundai i20 3min 31.7sec
10. Ott Tänak, Ford Fiesta RS 3min 32.5sec
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