Bravo Dani Sordo and Carlos del Barrio. Bravo Citroën Abu Dhabi World Rally Team. This was the combination that ultimately claimed victory in Germany, and what a victory it is. Many eyes were set on Sordo even before the event, he was expected to deliver the good in this rally, there were no more excuses and it was tarmac after all. He refused to be drawn into early racing, he did not want to go over the limits, knowing very well how difficult, tricky and demanding this particular rally is. Both Sordo and Mikko Hirvonen kept their pace, improved upon it and relied on their confidence, it did not pay off to be pushing too hard too early. But when it came to pushing, Sordo was just great. As the main rivals fell behind, Sordo and Thierry Neuville kept us entertained with their duel right till the very end of the event. Sordo never looked in panic or out of control, he kept his cool, maintained his speed and, as he said, “pushed like hell”. It was enough. It was more than enough, because he managed to push Neuville into a mistake. By taking extra two power stage points, Sordo just round up the amazing WRC weekend, one in which he finally clinched his first WRC victory, and kept the Citroën on the top step of the podium for Rally Deutschland.
Thierry Neuville was second and Mikko Hirvonen third, after staying true to his Rally Germany philosophy, which was “let’s keep our pace, we’re happy with it, and see what happens”. WRC2 victory once again went to the amazing Robert Kubica, one of the best things that happened to WRC in quite some time.
There’ll be more words and opinions on German round of the WRC, but now it’s time to open a bottle and have a drink in honor of the great victory by Dani and Carlos. Well done.