Dani & Carlos.

Spaniards Dani and Carlos are reunited for the first time since a rally-winning 2013 season as they join forces for their 2018 WRC campaign. They first formed a crew partnership back in 2003. 

Sordo

Dani

Hyundai Motorsport driver Dani Sardo, his signature and helmet.
  1. Birthday icon

    02 May 1983

    Birthday

  2. Place of birth icon

    Torrelavega in Spain

    Place of birth

  3. Nationality icon

    Spanish

    Nationality

    Career.

    Dani is arguably one of the most consistent performers in the WRC. His relaxed and outgoing nature has won him legions of fans – not just in his native Spain. His motorsport career began at the tender age of 12 when he started out in motocross and karting. He arrived on the WRC scene in 2003 and hasn’t looked back since. A WRC winner in Germany 2013, the Spanish sensation is one of the most trusted pairs of hands in the Championship.

    Dani joined our team at the end of 2013 and has become an integral part of our organisation. Having been part of our milestone 1-2 result in Rally Germany in 2014, Dani has gone onto secure many more podiums over the years. He took his first victory for our team in Sardinia 2019, which was a special moment for the popular Spaniard.

    He went on to once again win the Rally Italia Sardegna in 2020, securing Hyundai’s third consecutive victory at the event. When he’s not busy rallying, sport-loving Dani spends a lot of his time cycling.

    Recent highlights.

    2020

    Three rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship with Hyundai (3)
    Best result: 1st overall, Rally Italia Sardegna
    Final classification: 8th

    2019

    Several rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship with Hyundai (8)
    Best result: 1st overall, Rally Italia Sardegna
    Final classification: 8th

    2018

    Several rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship with Hyundai (7)
    Best result: 2nd overall, Rally Mexico, 3rd overall, Rally Argentina
    Final classification: 9th

    Close-up of Hyundai Motorsport driver Dani Sardo smiling
    My motorsport icon is Ayrton Senna.

    - Dani Sardo -

    Interests.

    Cycling is only second to rallying.

    Facts about Dani.

    What is your ideal destination for a holiday?

    I would like to go to New York and a warm place like the Seychelles.

    Which profession would you have chosen if you hadn’t become a rally driver?

    I would have joined the family business, as my parents were Shell oil distributers for the automotive business.

    What is your favourite food?

    I always enjoy a good pasta or a nice piece of meat, something you can find all over the world.

    Describe yourself in 3 words:

    Consistent, relaxed, sportive.

    del Barrio

    Carlos

    Hyundai Motorsport co-driver Carlos del Barrio and his signature
    1. Birthday icon

      15 Aug 1968

      Birthday

    2. Place of birth icon

      Santander in Spain

      Place of birth

    3. Nationality icon

      Spanish

      Nationality

      Career.

      Born in Santander, co-driver Carlos has built up enviable experience rallying alongside some of the biggest names in Spain. His first foray into co-driving came in 1987 when he entered Rally Vidal de la Peña, but it was in 1994 when he took part for the first in WRC with Jesus Puras. This partnership had tremendous success in their native Spain, winning three Spanish Rally Championships.

      In 2004, Carlos joined forces with Dani Sordo for an initial four-event campaign as the young Spaniard was looking for an experienced co-driver. The pairing would re-join in 2011 for a longer WRC program, which included three podiums and victory at Rally Germany in 2013.

      Carlos joined Dani at Hyundai Motorsport for several rounds of the 2018 championship, securing two podium finishes. Their partnership went from strength to strength in 2019, as they claimed victory in Rally Italia Sardegna.

      Recent highlights.

      2020

      Several rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship with Hyundai (8)
      Best result: 1st overall, Rally Italia Sardegna
      Final classification: 8th

      2019

      Several rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship with Hyundai (8)
      Best result: 1st overall, Rally Italia Sardegna
      Final classification: 8th

      2018

      Several rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship with Hyundai (7)
      Best result: 2nd overall, Rally Mexico, 3rd overall, Rally Argentina
      Final classification: 9th

      Hyundai Motorsport driver Carlos del Barrio
      Valentino Rossi, without a doubt, is my favourite motorsport driver.

      - Carlos del Barrio -

      Interests.

      Athletics. He often competes in half marathon events, as well as shorter and longer distances (He has a marathon PB of 3h12).

      Facts about Carlos.

      What is your ideal destination for a holiday?

      If I had company, I’d say Playa Blanca, Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, but if it were a solo trip I would choose Madrid.

      Which profession would you have chosen if you hadn’t become a rally driver?

      I would say theatre performer. I studied theatre when I was at university.

      What is your favourite food?

      Tomato salad, breaded hake and mint ice-cream. To drink, sparkling water and a glass of red wine.

      Describe yourself in 3 words:

      Friendly rally co-driver.