Prodrive: Germany will be our best chance yet to win

Positive two-day test boosts Prodive and Dani Sordo for Germany

Prodrive WRC team principal Dave Wilcock reckons Rallye Deutschland next month will represent the team's best chance to date of taking a maiden WRC win with the MINI John Cooper Works WRC car.

Prodrive started its preparations for the event last weekend with a two day test at its private proving ground in Warwickshire, with Dani Sordo and co-driver Carlos Del Barrio completing more than 100 km in the MINI John Cooper Works WRC car.

Sordo also got to run with the Michlin tarmac tyre for the first time this year.

The team created a tarmac stage to simulate the roads it will find in the Mosel Valley at the end of August, utilising the main circuit, the adverse handling circuit and the perimeter roads as part of a 4 km loop.

“It the first time we have used our own track in this way,” Wilcock explained. “Fortunately the tarmac surface on our track is quite similar to that we will find in Germany and we have a number of tight and twisty sections and were able to create some longer drags and hairpins on the wider section by simply using tyres and cones.

“Very different weather over the two days also meant we could try various tyre combinations and gain invaluable data ahead of our pre-event test in the Mosel Valley at the end of the month.

“Without doubt we are going to Germany in the knowledge that it is our best chance to date of a debut WRC win for the MINI.

“The car works well in tarmac set up and Dani showed last year how much he loved the roads [by finishing third].

“If we get some good fortune and things go our way, who knows where we will be come the Power Stage.”

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Dani Sordo (ESP) Carlos Del Barrio (ESP) Mini John Cooper Works WRC
Dani Sordo (ESP) Carlos Del Barrio (ESP) Mini John Cooper Works WRC
Dani Sordo (ESP) Carlos Del Barrio (ESP) Mini John Cooper Works WRC
Dani Sordo (ESP) Carlos Del Barrio (ESP) Mini John Cooper Works WRC
Dani Sordo (ESP) Mini John Cooper Works WRC
Prodrive WRC Team driver Dani Sordo testing his MINI John Cooper Works WRC car ahead of Rallye Deutschland [Pic credit: Prodrive]

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Billy - Unregistered

July 25, 2012 7:34 PM

The truth is if BMW had of stuck with Prodrive as a full manufacturer backed car with 2 full time drivers they would have won multiple rally's long ago.

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