Sordo to partner Loeb
Dani Sordo will be Sebastien Loeb’s team-mate for the next two rounds of the 2006 WRC.
Sordo has been the third driver for the Kronos Citroen World Rally Team since the beginning of the 2006 World Championship and was only allowed to score drivers’ championship points until now.
The reigning Junior World Rally Champion has done so well at the wheel of the third Xsara that he is currently third in the drivers’ standings, twelve points behind Marcus Gronholm (45 vs 33).
It is no surprise that Kronos decided to give the young Spaniard a promotion to become the official second driver at Kronos, at least for the next two rounds of the championship: Germany (11-13 August) and Finland (18-20 August).
After these two rallies, Kronos will probably decide if Sordo will remain the second driver for the final six rounds of the 2006 season.
Sordo will need to adapt to the 2006 Xsara WRC, as drivers scoring points in the Manufacturer 1 championship must do so with 2006-spec cars. The main difference between the 2005 and 2006-spec cars is the differentials. 2006-spec cars must have passive front and rear differentials, whereas Sordo has been previously driving the 2005-spec Xsara with active diffs.
The 23 year-old drove the Xsara WRC06 in testing but has yet to measure himself against Loeb with the same car in a rally.