Dani Sordo is determined to make up for last year's poor performance when he returns to the Rally Sardinia this weekend – and the Citroen number two believes he can now fight to give his team a one-two in the World Rally Championship at the end of the year.
His teammate Sebastien Loeb's five wins out of five rallies at the start of this season have already given him a 20-point lead over Ford's title contender Mikko Hirvonen. And with the Finn retiring in Argentina last month, Sordo was able to move into second in the championship, one point ahead of Hirvonen, thanks to his third podium finish of the season.
Last year Sordo ran second to Loeb early on in Sardinia, but did not cope well with the dusty roads of legs two and three, tumbling to fifth place. He wants to demonstrate how much he has improved this weekend.
"I see this round as a big test following my fifth place on last year's event," Sordo said. "That wasn't such a great result for me."
The Spaniard believes he has become a much better driver over the past season, and with Loeb already well on course for another title, Sordo hopes Hirvonen's battle will be to fend him off for second place rather than trying to catch the Frenchman.
"This season is a bit special because I sense I am making progress on all the different types of surface we encounter in the championship," said Sordo. "If I can keep that up in Sardinia, I think I will be able to take the fight to Mikko. Being second in the championship hasn't changed my approach in any way, but it's true that I would like to hold on to second place."