Hyundai be­lieves Sordo test­ing crash is­sue is fixed on its i20 WRC

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Hyundai is con­fi­dent it has fixed the fail­ure which caused Dani Sordo’s pre-rally Fin­land test crash, rul­ing him out of the Jy­vaskyla event later this month.

The Spa­niard suf­fered a frac­tured ver­te­bra when his i20 WRC hit a rock af­ter a sus­pen­sion arm broke fol­low­ing a land­ing from a jump. He and co-driver Marc Marti were hos­pi­talised af­ter the crash with Sordo kept in overnight. Marti was un­in­jured.

Team prin­ci­pal Michel Nan­dan said: “Dani is re­cov­er­ing well and mak­ing good progress. Af­ter a de­tailed anal­y­sis, we have iden­ti­fied the tech­ni­cal prob­lem that led to Dani’s crash. The spe­cific parts are un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion and we have al­ready taken steps to en­sure there will be no re­peat of the is­sue.”

Kevin Ab­bring and Bri­ton Seb Mar­shall will take over the #20 en­try, their first out­ing in the 2016spec i20. They were called up as cover for Hay­den Pad­don and John Ken­nard in Swe­den last year when the New Zealan­ders re­placed Sordo and Marti af­ter Sordo broke two ribs fall­ing from his moun­tain bike while train­ing.

Nan­dan added that the pri­or­ity for Sordo is Ger­many – the only WRC event he has won.

“It is im­por­tant that he re­cov­ers fully so we have made the mu­tual de­ci­sion for him to miss Rally Fin­land. This will al­low him to be at his best for Deutsch­land.”

Ab­bring, Pad­don and Thierry Neuville will take part in Hyundai’s resched­uled Fin­land test next week.

That’s the aim but it de­pends on spon­sor­ship, I can’t fund it on my own.”

Team boss Si­mon Mauger added: “We’re just wait­ing for in­sur­ance and bud­gets and stuff like that but ob­vi­ously I’ve know Chris and his dad for a long time and he keeps pes­ter­ing me to let him out in the car!”

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