Dani Sordo to miss Rally Finland due to back injury

Hyundai Motorsport’s Dani Sordo will miss Rally Finland due to a back injury, the team has confirmed.

The Spaniard was injured in testing last Friday, where he and his co-driver Marc Marti were involved in a high-speed accident. Sordo sustained a fissure fracture of a vertebra to which he is now discharged from the hospital and is recuperating at home in Spain.

Hyundai’s test driver Kevin Abbring and Seb Marshall take Sordo and Marti’s place for Rally Finland. Abbring and Marshall are competing in their third event of the season for the team, but Sordo will be back for Rallye Deutschland next month.

Team Principal Michel Nandan said Dani is recovering well from his injury and is making good progress. However, 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 Rallye Deutschland in mid-August. Kevin will take over the #20 car for this event and will join our rescheduled PET next week alongside Thierry and Hayden. After a detailed analysis of the car, 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.