The Prodrive WRC team has thanked Dani Sordo for all his hard work over the last two years following confirmation today he will rejoin Citroen
Sordo signed for Prodrive at the start of 2011 and he shined on numerous occasions with the MINI John Cooper Works WRC car, taking two podiums last year in Germany and France, and another this season, on the opener in Monte Carlo.
He also did pretty well in Spain last weekend too, winning six of the final nine stages and recovering to take ninth place overall, despite crashing out on day one and despite having to complete Saturday morning's opening loop on just three cylinders after a fuel injector failed.
It was a good effort from the Spaniard, especially given all the funding issues and not to mention BMW's increasingly lukewarm support, at best, for the MINI WRC project.
“Dani is one of the top drivers in the WRC and after his stunning performance in Spain last weekend, I am not at all surprised that Citroen have snapped him up,” Wilcock said.
“It's been a pleasure working with him over the last two years and his experience has been invaluable to the development of the MINI WRC. Just as importantly, behind the scenes he got on very well with everyone in the team and whenever we were running two cars he was a great team mate and not a rival.
“Although we have faced many challenges, Dani always remained positive and loyal to the team and I am only sad that we could not have given him his first win. I know that he wanted to secure his first WRC victory in the MINI and had we been able to confirm a full programme for him in 2013, I am sure he would have stayed with the team.
“Now we have to move on, confirm our programme and driver line up for next year and continue with our development programme in order to achieve our goal of securing a maiden MINI win in the WRC.”