MINI John Cooper Works WRC to make its British debut this weekend

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 10, 2011

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.

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The MINI John Cooper Works WRC to make British debut.

Dani Sordo will drive the MINI John Cooper Works WRC on its British debut this weekend at the Cornbury Park Rally Show, fresh from securing a superb sixth place finish at Rally Italy and where the MINI WRC Team made its first ever appearance.

The MINI WRC Team driver will put the car through its paces on 14 and 15 May, only a week after Rally Italy in Sardinia, its first outing in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). The 1.1 mile stage at Cornbury Park will be the first event British rally fans get to see the MINI in action on home soil and will provide a thrilling opportunity for VIPs to accompany Dani Sordo on one of the runs.

After an exciting weekend in Sardinia, Dani Sordo said, “It will be great to be back in the MINI John Cooper Works WRC so soon after our debut in Italy. I know that everyone in the UK wants to see the car in action and I aim to give the thousands of rally fans at Cornbury Park a great display.”

Dani Sordo, from Spain, is one of two experienced drivers the MINI WRC Team has put its faith in. Kris Meeke, from Northern Ireland, will also face up to the challenge of the WRC for the first time in 2011. Both drivers showed good turns of speed in Rally Italy that bodes well for the future. Dani brought his car to the ceremonial finish in sixth whilst Kris sadly suffered a technical problem which prevented him from finishing.

MINI’s eagerly anticipated return of to the international motorsport stage begins a new era for the brand. In 2011, the MINI WRC Team will compete at selected rounds of the WRC in order to prepare for the complete 2012 World Championship season. Based on the MINI Countryman, the MINI John Cooper Works WRC has been developed by Prodrive and is equipped with a 1.6 litre turbo engine further developed by BMW Motorsport.

Jochen Goller, Director of MINI UK, said, “We are delighted to be able to demonstrate the MINI John Cooper Works WRC to MINI fans in the UK for the first time. The Cornbury Park Show is a great location and so close to MINI Plant Oxford, where the launch of the WRC Team took place on 11th April.”

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