Big Boys do cry!
23 years old, driving in the world rally championships, earning millions. Well, he surely must be one of the happiest men on earth. Yes, but only in times of glory. When faced with failure, you don’t have the crowd behind you, you don’t have hundreds asking you for your autograph, you are left all alone, to face your failure in loneliness!
This is what happened to Daniel Sordo, the driver of the Kronos-Citroen car in the Cyprus Rally. He crashed very early in the DTS stage of the rally and was forced to retire. This stage was set through the narrow streets of Downtown Limassol. In fact, minutes before the start of this stage, the officials had informed the teams that this stage was changed into a non-competitive stage, as they felt that it was too dangerous to “race” through the narrow lanes. So, this stage became academic in nature and this was run to please the spectators who had bought tickets to watch this exciting stage.
There he was, sitting in the dark bylanes of downtown limassol, with tears in his eyes, listening to the showdown he was getting from his senior co-driver. When the co-driver left him alone, he burst out into tears while talking to someone over the phone. Some people who had gathered to have a look at the wrecked car, felt sorry for him and even walked over to him to have a talk and offer him some drinks.
Kronos’ boss, Marc van Dalen wasn’t too impressed with his actions. But, it seems that all things are now patched up and he is on his way to the next rally.
However famous you might be, your real self shows through in times of hardship. I hope that Daniel puts this crash behind him and goes on to big successes in the WRC.