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Dani Sordo’s fourth place at Rally Italia-Sardegna doesn’t satisfy Citröen in a weekend where Mikko Hirvonen, held the second place for long, before crashing in the last day.

Citroen mulls over mitigated Italian rally

WRCital2The facts
Twenty days after losing its Acropolis Rally’s crown, Citroën let go another of its Mediterranean jewels. On the hard gravel between Sassari and Olbia, north of Italian island, Sébastien Ogier strengthened his Championship lead taking a fourth win from seven events. The Frenchman headed Belgian Thierry Neuville for 1 min 16 secs and Finn Jari-Matti Latvala for 1 min 48 secs. From the first to 10th of the 16 special stages, Hirvonen held the second place, before crashing out uninjured. Second in Greece, Sordo rounded off top 4, 8:34 adrift.

The figure
28. The number of hours spent racing in this two-day event who lasted 37 hours overall, from Friday night to Saturday afternoon. A busy schedule.

The sentence
“Right at the start of the Terranova stage, about a kilometre in, there was a small left-hand hairpin and I braked a little bit too late and the car slid off into a deep ditch. It wasn’t far, just one metre! Even with the many spectators who tried to help us, we were not able to get the car out and back onto the road. It was especially frustrating as the car wasn’t damaged at all. I’m really disappointed to have made a stupid mistake like that, because the car was working perfectly.” Hirvonen gave details on his withdrawal appearing as the most deceived in the team.

The anecdotes
The Rally Italy-Sardegna brought the season into its second half as six rallies remain to be contested. Citroen is still chasing its first win without Sébastien Loeb who is racing the prestigious Pikes Peak hill climb on 30 June.

To be continued
Rally Finland (1-3 August)