It’s Daniel Sordo who will be joining Mikko Hirvonen in the Citroën Manufacturers Team for the 2013 WRC season.
Norwegian Mads Østberg, with Swedish co-driver Jonas Andersson, was in the running but will now have to find a new solution.
Sordo, age 29, is not a new face in the Citroën team. After winning JWRC in 2005 he got a place in the team and competed in the WRC 2006-2010.
Both in 2008 and 2009 Sordo ended up in third place in the championship. But despite his success he still has not got a WRC event victory. Second places he has more – 17 of them.
The last two seasons the Spaniard has been competing for Mini, where his best results have been two second places – in France 2011 and in Monte Carlo 2012.
Butu now he returs to Citroën. How many rallies he will compete in in 2013 is dependant on how many apperances World Champion Sébastien Loeb will make. The Frenchman will end his WRC career with a few chosen rallies during the next season. So far only one is known – the premiere in Monte Carlo.
– To come back to Citroën, wich was my first-hand choice for 2013, presents a big opportunity for me. I’m still hunting my first WRC victory and I’ve decided to take it next season, says Sordo, who was competing with Mads Østberg for the set in Citroën.
The Norwegian had a great season in 2012 and was for a long time in the running for a seat Citroën. The French team chose to go with Sordo so now it looks like Ford or Mini are the alternatives for Østberg and Andersson in their continued WRC effort.