HYUNDAI part-timer Dani Sordo claimed his second career victory in the FIA World Rally Championship after a final-stage heartbreak for long-time leader Ott Tänak at Rally Italia Sardegna on Sunday afternoon.
Tänak was on course for his third consecutive FIA World Rally Championship victory when a steering problem on his Toyota Yaris in the event-closing Power Stage cost more than two minutes and relegated him to fifth. However, the placing was enough to promote the Estonian to the lead in the drivers’ championship after eight of 14 rounds.
Sordo, driving only his fifth event of the season for the Korean-owned team, was promoted to the top step of the podium in his Hyundai i20 Coupe for his first win since 2013.
He finished 13.7sec ahead of Teemu Suninen, who claimed a career-best result in a Ford Fiesta. Andreas Mikkelsen finished third, a further 18.9sec behind in another i20.
Mikkelsen won the live TV Wolf Power Stage to claim five bonus points. Sébastien Ogier scored four in second in a Citroën C3, with Thierry Neuville taking three points in third in an i20. Jari-Matti Latvala, driving a Yaris, and Elfyn Evans, in a Fiesta, took two and one point respectively.
RESULTS, Rally Italia Sardegna (Rd 8 of 14, provisional):
1 D Sordo (Hyundai) 3:32.27.2
2 T Suninen (Ford) +13.7
3 A Mikkelsen (Hyundai) +32.6
4 E Evans (Ford) +33.5
5 O Tänak (Toyota) + 1:30.1
6 T Neuville (Hyundai) +2:06.7
7 E Lappi (Citroën) + 2:59.6
8 K Meeke (Toyota) +4:40.1
9 K Rovanperä (Skoda) + 8:24.6
10 J Kopecky (Skoda) + 8.49.2
Drivers’ Championship Standings (after Rd 8):
1 O. Tanak 150
2 S. Ogier 146
3 T. Neuville 143
4 E. Evans 78
5 T. Suninen 62
6 K. Meeke 60
7 A. Mikkelsen 56
8 D. Sordo 52
9 E. Lappi 40
10 J-M Latvala 40
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