Last year, Dani Sordo and Carlos del Barrio were drafted by Ford to replace then injured Jari-Matti Latvala in Argentina. With limited testing and no previous knowledge of Ford’s latest WRC machine, Sordo was surprisingly quick from the very start.
But even though Dani Sordo did all he could to keep Fiesta on the bottom step of the podium, luck once again abandoned Ford camp, and Sordo was forced into retirement just few kilometers from the finish.
This year, it’s hard to say who will be more interesting topic in Argentina. Sordo was fast and convincing if a little too furious in Portugal, but he says his woes are over and new, stiffer suspension led to huge boost in self confidence. Can he repeat the performance from last year? However, Argentina will also see the return of Sebastien Loeb, who will, needless to say, steal big chunk of the show.
If Sordo and Citroën’s performance in Portugal is a signal of things to come, we can only look forward to Argentina – finally Volkswagen might be faced with the team strong and confident enough to beat them.
In the picture above, Dani Sordo throws Fiesta RS WRC around during qualifying for 2012 Rally Argentina.