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Sandell keen to impress

Patrik Sandell eager to impress in Sweden
Patrik Sandell says he is eager to impress when he takes his place in the field for the second round of the World Rally Championship in Sweden.

Sandell, who has been chosen to represent the new Sweden World Rally Team this season, will line-up alongside Dani Sordo in the MINI line-up for the event in what will be his first outing in the John Cooper Works.

Stig Blomqvist, Bjorn Waldegard and Tomas Radstrom are amongst those backing Sandell through the new venture, with the 29-year-old eager to repay those who have supported him when he takes to the stages.

“This is a fantastic opportunity,” he was quoted on the official WRC website. “Knowing that all my idols since I was just a kid are coming together like this to support me is incredible. I think this piece of the puzzle is what I need to take the final step into the WRC class.

“I'm really excited about competing in Sweden in the highest class against Loeb, Solberg, Hirvonen and the others. I feel ready to take the step and I'll certainly give them a match. I will not make anyone disappointed.”

Richard Taylor from Prodrive, who will run Sandell's car in Sweden, said he felt Sandell would be a front-runner on the snow event.

“Since winning the JWRC title in 2006 Patrik has repeatedly shown himself to be a top level driver. It will be great to see him in a Prodrive MINI and even better that his first event with us will be in Sweden where we genuinely believe that Patrik has the chance of finishing close to the top of the leaderboard.”


Tagged as: MINI , Patrik Sandell , Sandell , Sweden

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sodesu - Unregistered

February 01, 2012 9:27 AM

Patrik is a great driver who never really got a proper chance after his JWRC title - which he won in a Clio at a time when Suzuki was the dominant car. Will be exciting to see what he can do with this equipment although I must agree that a win or even podium would probably be too much to ask. Hope I'm wrong though!

Joe bloggs - Unregistered

January 31, 2012 11:05 AM

Great driver great car but top 7 or 8 would be great achievement. All the top guys are experienced on snow and the S2000 guys will be sharpish too, could be very tight at the top by the end with several guys needing a top finish to have any hope of catching up. Hope the Mini is good on snow, should be great event



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