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GP Week : Issue 65
That's the story of how the now 26- year-old Dani Sordo caught the rallying bug. And once he was into rallying, the wins started soming thick and fast -- in his rst year he won the Cantabrian Championship in a Group N Mitsubishi. "I had two heroes," he explains, "obviously Carlos Sainz, and also Jesus Puras, who was many times Spanish champion with Citroen. I remember the first time I saw Carlos in action was in Catalunya Rally with the Subaru Group A. In those days Carlos competed with Luis Moya, but later he moved on to Marc Marti. I never realised that one day I would be competing on World Championship rallies with Marc." Marc at that time was co-driving for Oriol Gomez, but he already knew all about Dani in his younger days. "I have a picture of myself with Oriol and a publicity girl," he says, "and a young school boy who edged into the shot -- it was Dani!" His thoughts about trying to be a professional rally driver came in 2005, the amazing year when he won not only the Spanish rally championship, but also the FIA Junior World Rally Championship title, at the age of 22 in a Citroen C2. "That was when I realised I might have a possibility to be a professional driver in the World Championship. The opportunity to compete in world championship rallies came through the help of RACC, and there 40