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Citroen's Sordo leads Jordan Rally
Spanish WRC driver Dani Sordo holds off Citroen teammate Loeb on day one.
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2008 06:52 GMT

Spanish WRC driver Dani Sordo makes a splash on
day one of the the inaugural Jordan Rally

Dani Sordo, Spanish rally driver, held off his Citroen team mate Sebastien Loeb to lead after the first day of the inaugural Jordan Rally in the World Rally Championship (WRC).
Sordo led from the start while world champion Loeb, chasing his third straight win to increase his overall lead, struggled with his car's handling in the morning stages before coming back strongly in the afternoon.
After the day's eight stages, Sordo led Frenchman Loeb by just 1.1 seconds with Ford's Jari-Matti Latvala in third place, a further 7.4 seconds adrift.

"This morning I was in a bit of trouble, but now the feeling is much better," said Loeb.

"I tried to push hard, but it was bumpy so I didn't want to make a mistake now."

"This morning I was in a bit of trouble, but now the feeling is much better."

Sebastien Loeb
Finland's Mikko Hirvonen was in fourth place for Ford, 4.9 seconds behind Latvala, with Australian Chris Atkinson fifth in a Subaru.

Petter Solberg, Atkinson's Norwegian team mate, retired after stage six, the longest of the day.

"We hit a rock with the left-hand front wheel and the right-hand damper exploded," Solberg told the official WRC website.

"We had to stop because the leaking damper oil caused a small fire."

The rally is based around the Dead Sea and Jordan Valley, approximately 50 km from Jordan's capital Amman.

Four-time champion Loeb leads the drivers' standings with 25 points after four rounds, three clear of Hirvonen.

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