Shakedown Cyprus: Sordo in front!

Published on 07/05/2009 à 19:34

Pierre Tassel

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This morning, the crews engaged on the Rally of Cyprus had the opportunity to test their settings, on asphalt and dirt tires, during a Shakedown organized in Listovounos, 15 km north of Limassol, over a 4,49 kilometer sector under beautiful sun and temperature of 19°C.

It was Dani Sordo, asphalt specialist, who set the best time of this Shakedown. The Spaniard completed four stints at the wheel of the C4 WRC, with a best time of 3?33.0 recorded on his second attempt.

“Everything went well this morning. I really like these asphalt stages, which remind me of Catalonia. That said, we will not be able to approach them in the same way as a traditional asphalt rally. It's obviously not ideal to drive on dirt tires on this terrain, but it was a useful test to get our bearings and work on the car's settings. She's doing well at the moment and that's all that matters. », he commented.

Note that Petter Solberg on his Xsara achieves the second fastest time, at the end of the session, on a dirty road. The Norwegian is definitely in good shape. He is ahead Sébastien Ogier and Sébastien Loeb which complete a Top 4 entirely made up of Citroëns.

Shakedown best times:

1. Dani Sordo/Marc Marti (Citroën C4 WRC) 3?33.0

2. Petter Solberg/Phil Mills (Citroën Xsara WRC) 3?33.3

3. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (Citroën C4 WRC) 3?34.0

4. Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena (Citroën C4 WRC) 3?34.5

5. Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Antilla (Ford Focus RS WRC 08) 3?34.7

6. Evgeny Novikov/Dale Moscatt (Citroën C4 WRC) 3?35.1

7. Mikko Hirvonen /Jarmo Lehtinen (Ford Focus RS WRC 08) 3?35.3

8. Conrad Rautenbach /Daniel Barritt (Citroën C4 WRC) 3?35.8

9. Henning Solberg /Cato Menkerud (Ford Focus RS WRC 08) 3?37.3

10. Matthew Wilson /Scott Martin (Ford Focus RS WRC 08) 3?37.3

11. Khalid Al Qassimi /Michael Orr (Ford Focus RS WRC 08) 3?41.5

12. Federico Villagra /Jorge Perez Companc (Ford Focus RS WRC 08) 3?43.1

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