Listen to RFI News
Expand Player
 
Listen Download Podcast
  • Paris Live PM 1300 - 1400 GMT
    News bulletin 10/11 13h00 GMT
  • Paris Live PM 1300 - 1400 GMT
    News bulletin 10/10 13h00 GMT
  • Paris Live PM 1300 - 1400 GMT
    News bulletin 10/09 13h00 GMT
  • 13h00 - 14h00 GMT
    News bulletin 04/05 13h00 GMT
  • 13h00 - 14h00 GMT
    News bulletin 04/04 13h00 GMT
  • 13h00 - 14h00 GMT
    News bulletin 04/03 13h00 GMT
To take full advantage of multimedia content, you must have the Flash plugin installed in your browser. To connect, you need to enable cookies in your browser settings. For an optimal navigation, the RFI site is compatible with the following browsers: Internet Explorer 8 and above, Firefox 10 and +, Safari 3+, Chrome 17 and + etc.
Afp

Tanak defies steering issue to take world rally lead as Sordo wins in Sardinia

By AFP
media Dani Sordo claimed his second career victory at the Rally of Italy AFP

Dani Sordo snatched a dramatic victory at the Rally of Italy on Sunday as Ott Tanak took the overall championship lead despite a steering problem ending his chances of a third straight win.

Toyota driver Tanak looked set for victory in Sardinia as the rally headed into its fourth and last day but the mechanical issue on the final speed test stage meant that he only finished fifth in the final rally before the summer break.

That was still enough for the Estonian to nip four points above six-time defending world champion Sebastien Ogier, who picked up four bonus points in the rally's power stage but crashed out of contention on Friday, due to the two-point gap between the pair at the start of the rally.

Sordo in a Hyundai conquered just the second rally of his career and first since 2013 after finishing 13.7 seconds ahead of Finnish driver Teemu Suninen and 32.6sec ahead of teammate Andreas Mikkelsen.

Tanak ended up over 1min 30sec back, and will be ruing a steering issue that has cut what could have been a much stronger lead at the top of the championship.

The 31-year-old had led by 25.9sec going into Sunday and was heavy favourite to win the rally and open up a decent gap on Ogier with the 25 points earned for first place.

The drivers return at the start of August for the Rally of Finland.

 
Sorry but the period of time connection to the operation is exceeded.