Sordo to use third co-driver of WRC season after Rozada split

The pair have parted ways after just three rallies together


Hyundai driver Dani Sordo and co-driver Borja Rozada have split after three World Rally Championship outings together.

A release from Sordo’s press office said that despite the “great effort” made by the two to gel, there had not been a “perfect rapport between them” and as a result the pair had decided mutually to “unlink their paths”.

Rozada will be replaced by Cándido Carrera, meaning Sordo will use a third co-driver of the 2021 season.

Carlos del Barrio, his co-driver of the previous four years in the WRC, also sat alongside the three-time WRC event winner on the Monte Carlo Rally in January before Rozada took over.


“I am grateful to Borja for his dedication and professionalism,” said Sordo.

“He has shown me to be a great co-driver inside and outside the car, but, unfortunately, despite the enormous work we have both done to blend 100%, my understanding of the notes on the stages has not become perfect.

“I hope to join Cándido Carrera as soon as possible and be able to celebrate great successes together this year.”

Sordo and Rozada scored a second-place finish on their first WRC start together in Portugal in May, but they crashed out of Rally Italy while running in second, and broken suspension on the Safari Rally meant they were limited to 12th place.

Carrera, who is 41, has made more than 250 starts in 19 years as a co-driver. He previously co-drove for Sordo during a test for the Monte Carlo Rally last December.

Sordo is sharing Hyundai’s third i20 Coupe WRC this season with Craig Breen, who has been confirmed for the next round, the Ypres Rally, in August.

Photography:Hyundai Motorsport

Words:Jack Cozens