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Sordo to race for new MINI WRC team

Sordo to race for new MINI WRC team

The new MINI Countryman WRC will have Daniel "Dani" Sordo in their World Rally Championship debut with today's announcement by David Richards, Chairman of Prodrive who said, "I believe with the new MINI WRC and in the right environment, he can now...

The new MINI Countryman WRC will have Daniel "Dani" Sordo in their World Rally Championship debut with today's announcement by David Richards, Chairman of Prodrive who 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."

Mini Countryman WRC 25 testing in Sassari, Sardinia.
Photo by xpb.cc.

Sordo will team with Kris Meeke who marks his return to the WRC. While neither driver has yet to earn a WRC win, both Sordo and Meeke have earned championships. Sordo won the Junior World Rally title in 2005 and Meeke earned the 2009 Intercontinental Rally Challenge championship.

"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," Richards said.

The Spaniard joined the Irishman in a test session in Sardinia, an island in the Mediterranean Sea, this past November and is looking forward to his new adventure. Sordo said, "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. 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."

Sordo and the MINI Countryman WRC, prepared by Prodrive, are tentatively scheduled to attend six or more WRC events in 2011 before fully entering the series in 2012.

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