Sordo nabs first German Rally win

Published Aug. 25, 2013 1:00 a.m. EDT

Dani Sordo of Spain won the accident-marred Rally of Germany on Sunday for his first victory in the World Rally Championship series.

The Citroen driver ended nearly 10 years of frustration when Thierry Neuville of Belgium went off the road 3 kilometers (1.85 miles) from the finish in his Ford Fiesta. Neuville recovered to finish second.

Sordo earned his first victory after 34 podiums in 106 starts by 53 seconds.

His Citroen teammate Mikko Hirvonen was third, 2:36.1 back.


Overall series leader Sebastien Ogier of France broke the suspension of his Volkswagen Polo on Friday to drop out of contention.

After the death of two drivers in a fringe event on Saturday, two spectators were hospitalized in another accident Sunday when they were hit by the Ford Fiesta of Subhan Aksa of Indonesia.