Valeriy Gorban to contest 11 WRC rounds in 2016

Valeriy Gorban and his Eurolamp team are set to contest 11 rounds of the 2016 World Rally Championship after three years of collaboration in WRC2.

The Ukrainian will race a Mini John Cooper Works WRC, which was last seen in rallying's top tier during the first five rounds of the 2013 season following the marque’s departure as a works effort after 2012.

Gorban is set to enter 11 out of 14 rounds, only missing Australia and China due to high costs of travelling and logistics and the season-opener at Monte Carlo.

As a result, the team will debut in Rally Sweden, which was the scene of the 42-year-old’s best WRC2 result last year - a third place.

Gorban finished the 2011 and 2012 PWRC seasons in seventh and third respectively with a Mitsubishi, before switching over to WRC2 with his current team.

Following a quiet first year, he secured 10th overall in his sophomore season, but suffered another problematic year in 2015 despite achieving a maiden podium in Sweden.

Additional reporting by Giacomo Rauli

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