Dani Sordo will be behind the wheel of the MINI John Cooper Works WRC when it participates in Britain for the first time at the Cornbury Park Rally Show this weekend. This will be just after it finished strongly in sixth place at Rally Italy, which was the MINI WRC Team maiden appearance.
The Cornbury Park race on May 14 and 15 will only be a week after the car’s first race in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). The upcoming British stage is 1.1 miles and will mark the first opportunity for Britain’s rally enthusiasts to see the MINI driven on home ground by the MINI WRC Team’s Dani Sordo. VIPs will also be given an exciting chance to participate with him on one of the runs.
Upon finishing their debut race in Sardinia, Sordo mentioned that he is excited to be driving the MINI John Cooper Works WRC again so soon. Knowing how excited the thousands of home country fans will be to see the car race again, Sordo is promising to put on “a great display” at Cornbury Park.
A Spaniard, Dani Sordo is joined on the MINI WRC Team by Northern Ireland’s Kris Meeke, who is also a seasoned driver, but who is only making his WRC debut in 2011. In the Rally Italy race, both Sordo and Meeke showed off the car’s speed, which makes the team optimistic for future races. However, while Dani was able to finish sixth, Kris was unable to complete the race due to mechanical problems.
The return of MINI to international motorsports represents a new chapter in the brand’s history. Their selective participation in some 2011 WRC rounds is actually a way for them to prepare for 2012, when they are committed to enter all World Championship events. The MINI John Cooper Works WRC was developed by Prodrive from the Mini Countryman. Its 1.6 litre turbo engine is a BMW Motorsport development product.
MINI UK Director Jochen Goller said they are excited for UK MINI fans to see the first British demonstration of the MINI John Cooper Works WRC. Cornbury Park is an excellent location that is actually near the MINI Plant Oxford, where the WRC Team was introduced last April 11.