Dani Sordo and Marc Martí scored their first podium of the season, finishing third in the Tour de Corse. The Spanish crew struggled at times during the weekend in Corsica but the end result was good. That is their fifth career WRC podium with Hyundai Motorsport after Germany 2014/2016 and Spain 2015/2016.
“We knew it would be hard to hold onto second place after we inherited it from Sébastien [Ogier] in the first Sunday stage”, Dani Sordo said. “We pushed as hard as we could and I am still very happy we have finished on the podium. It has been a strange event and almost a lottery at times with our feeling in the car not matching the times set on the stages. Our target for the last day was to defend our third place, which we did, so from that point of view it is mission accomplished. This is a great result for the team, and we can now try to build on that in the next gravel rounds.”
“It was a difficult weekend for us. Even if we finished third we need to be really happy because at the beginning of the weekend everything was in the wrong direction and the feeling with the car was a little bit strange. But after we worked a bit more it was better in some stages and in others, not. It was a complicated weekend. After we take the third place we are on the podium but we are not happy at all.”
“It was a little bit difficult to manage the tyres and to know how you can push with tyres like these. We need to work a bit more on set-up for the next rallies on tarmac.”
Dani Sordo: “We pushed as hard as we could and I am still very happy we have finished on the podium”
“This year was quite similar to last year as it was a very short time to organise another rally”, Marti added. “The organisers did a very good job again because they don’t have so many people. But they need to be concentrating and not make mistakes, have the right people everywhere. The time controls were perfect, I’m quite happy. Then you have your job. As I said before we have a lot of corners we have to say to the drivers. I am happy that the team was doing a very good job. We know we still have a tough job to do with the cars. But this is a new car and I think all the teams must do a good job to prepare their cars for Germany.”
“With these new cars it’s quite difficult sometimes. On the slow sections you can stay on the pace very easily. When it comes to the fast corners, you need to concentrate and change the rhythm to the correct pace. But I’m quite happy with good pace notes. I’m happy with what we have been changing from last year and I am satisfied.”
— Dani Sordo (@DaniSordo) 11 April 2017