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MINI confirms Sordo

Dani Sordo joins MINI for the 2011 World Rally Championship season
The MINI World Rally Team has announced the signing of Dani Sordo as its second driver as it prepares to join the World Rally Championship this season.

The Spaniard, who left Citroen following the 2010 campaign, will join forces with Kris Meeke when MINI makes its debut with the Countryman WRC later this year, with plans in place for a limited programme in 2011 before a full-on assault on the championship in 2012.

Sordo, winner of the JWRC title in 2005, has spent his whole career in the WRC proper with Citroen and has 29 podium finishes in 84 starts – although he has yet to secure his maiden victory.

“There has been a great deal of excitement surrounding MINI's return to the WRC, so to be part of this new team is a fantastic opportunity for me," the 27-year-old Spaniard said. “I'm sure MINI has a big future in the sport. I'm looking forward to working with Kris Meeke, having completed a very successful test with him in Sardinia last November.”

David Richards, chairman of the Prodrive team which will be responsible for the MINI programme, said he was pleased to have Sordo on board for 2011.

“Dani may only be 27, but he is already one of the most experienced drivers in the WRC and has been competing at the very highest level for the last five years," he said. “I believe with the new MINI WRC and in the right environment, he can now take the next step and add to his 29 podiums with victories on WRC events and become a challenger for a WRC title.”

The current plan is for the MINI WRC team to take in at least six events on the 2010 schedule, while a privately run Brazilian team will also field the Countryman during the year ahead.



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Twin Cam Sam - Unregistered

January 05, 2011 8:40 PM

@ slightlysideways During his last two or three years with the Subaru World Rally Team, Petter was frequently critical of the car and Prodrive, and to be fair, given his performances in the Xsara and C4 since, he has proved it was the Subaru and not him that was the reason for their poor performance. However, this strained his relationship with Prodrive, hence no offer to drive the Mini. As he also p155ed Malcolm off in the eraly days of his career when he left Ford to join Subaru, this means the only current manufacturer team he has not fallen out with in the past is Citroen. Autosport reports that Petter is considering walking away from the WRC, and is pursuing opportunities in the WTCC - this would be a disaster for the WRC. On a lighter note, does anyone know when Stobart are going to confirm their plans for our British WRC hope, who will enter the 6th year of his 5 year plan to win the title ?



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