Citroen’s young Spaniard quite literally dominated the final weekend of the Bologna Motor Show. Sordo won both the Night Sprint competition on Saturday evening and the Bettega Memorial Rallysprint this afternoon, getting the better of Italian driver Gigi Galli in a Ford Focus WRC on both occasions.
Bologna, 14 December 2008- Dani Sordo was the star protagonist of the final weekend of the Bologna Motor Show, dominating proceedings at the wheel of his factory Citroen C4 WRC running on Pirelli Scorpion tyres. The young Spaniard beat Italian driver Gigi Galli (Ford Focus WRC) in both of the main competitions held in Bologna. On Saturday evening, Sordo had the better of Galli during the night race known as the Bettega Memorial Night Sprint. Today, the 2005 Junior World Rally Champion once again defeated the Pirelli-equipped Ford Focus WRC of Galli, who triumphed on the Bettega Memorial Rallysprint back in 2005 and 2006.
Five-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb started off the event on Saturday afternoon by completing several laps of the 1020-metre circuit in his Citroen C4 WRC-Pirelli. The 2008 Bologna Motor Show then witnessed duels between aces such as Marcus Gronholm (Ford Focus WRC), Petter Solberg (Subaru Impreza WRC), Francois Duval (Subaru Impreza WRC) and Kris Meeke (Citroen Xsara WRC). The Italian drivers included Piero Longhi (Subaru Impreza WRC) and Simone Campedelli (Peugeot 307 WRC). All the competitors used Pirelli tyres throughout the event.
In the Bettega Memorial Rallysprint, Galli’s Pirelli-equipped Ford Focus beat Sordo during their first encounter, only to lose in the second heat. When they both went through to the final, the Italian once again beat Sordo to begin with, but the Spaniard then answered back with a time that was quickest of all round the short rallysprint track. The Citroen C4 WRC – running on Pirelli tyres like all the other competitors – then triumphed in the final heat thanks to some superb driving from Sordo.
“I’m obviously delighted to have won the two most important competitions here in Bologna,” he said. “For me it’s a big confidence boost, as I haven’t won since 2005. Pirelli‘s tyres worked very well even on this mixed surface of asphalt and gravel that was made yet more complicated by the rain. Adding my name to the list of Bettega Memorial Rallysprint winners is a big source of satisfaction, if you look at some of the great champions who have won this prestigious event in the past, and I hope now that it is a good omen for our 2009 season.“