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May 16th, 2013
Prodrive has confirmed it is working on a Dakar entry for 2015. The British-based firm has already completed initial modelling work for a car, but it’s not yet known whether the project will become a manufacturer car entry or a Prodrive buggy. Prodrive staff members were present in South America in January , reporting back on what was needed for the firm’s first assault on a cross-country rally car.
November 15th, 2012
Citroen has chosen Dani Sordo as its second driver for the 2013 World Rally Championship season. The Spaniard will return to the manufacturer for which he drove from 2005-10, having spent the past two seasons with Prodrive’s Mini operation. Sordo had been fighting against leading Ford privateer Mads Ostberg for the Citroen nod
October 12th, 2012
Jarkko Nikara will join Dani Sordo in the Prodrive Mini line-up for next month’s World Rally Championship season finale in Catalunya. Nikara has long been viewed as one of the quickest young drivers in Finland , and was part of the inaugural Pirelli Star Driver scheme in 2009
April 26th, 2012
Ford driver Dani Sordo has admitted he was amazed to get the call to drive a Fiesta RS WRC on this week’s Rally Argentina. Sordo is standing in for the injured Jari-Matti Latvala and has made the perfect start to his Ford debut, fastest of the Fiestas on the qualifying stage. Talking to AUTOSPORT, Sordo pointed out the risk he felt Ford World Rally Team director Malcolm Wilson had taken when he picked up the phone to the Prodrive Mini driver
April 17th, 2012
Dani Sordo is expected to be confirmed as Jari-Matti Latvala’s substitute in the works Ford World Rally driver line-up for Rally Argentina later on Tuesday morning. Sources in Spain have stated that an agreement between Sordo and Ford has already been reached. Sordo’s deal to drive a factory Fiesta RS WRC is anticipated to be for the South American event only, with regular driver Latvala expected to be fit again for the following round in Greece
March 30th, 2012
Jari-Matti Latvala has crashed out of the Rally of Portugal lead on the first Friday stage. Substantial overnight rain made the opening Tavira stage incredibly treacherous, with a large number of cars stopping on the stage.
February 6th, 2012
Prodrive’s Dani Sordo-led team will continue in the World Rally Championship despite the loss of its factory relationship with Mini, AUTOSPORT has learned.
February 3rd, 2012
A resolution to the ongoing situation between the BMW Group and Prodrive is expected early next week, when the Banbury firm is reportedly going to be told that its contract to build Mini John Cooper Works WRCs is terminated. As reported by AUTOSPORT on Thursday, the BMW Group’s decision is believed to have been taken to split from Prodrive
February 2nd, 2012
The BMW Group is expected to terminate its contract with Prodrive tomorrow, ending the Banbury firm’s involvement in the Mini World Rally Team – and casting doubt over the future of the programme.
February 1st, 2012
Prodrive chief Richard Taylor has laughed off suggestions that the alliance between the Banbury firm and Mini will be terminated.
January 18th, 2012
Eurosport appears to be edging closer to agreeing a deal with the FIA to screen the World Rally Championship. WRC manager Michele Mouton, Eurosport motorsport business director Francois Ribeiro and the FIA’s director of marketing Alex Gueschir have been meeting with World Rally Championship stakeholders in Valence today and expect to be in a position to make an announcement in coming days
June 12th, 2011
Corvette Racing’s GT1 veteran Olivier Beretta relished the challenge of the new GTE Pro class but was forced to sit out the final portion of the 2011 Le Mans 24 Hours after suffering nausea during a safety car period, possibly because of breathing in exhaust fumes.
February 2nd, 2011
Mini has released the first pictures of the Mini S2000, complete with the new bodywork. The Countryman-based rally car was present in Monaco at the end of the Monte Carlo Historic Rally, where former Monte winner Rauno Aaltonen had driven an original Cooper S to 109th place. Aaltonnen and his then BMC team-mate and fellow Monte winner Paddy Hopkirk were joined harbourside by Mini newboys Kris Meeke and Dani Sordo, where the Cooper S and Countryman S2000 sat alongside each other.
January 14th, 2011
Prodrive boss David Richards says his company will not consider joining Formula 1 before the 2013 season, and admits his main focus right now is elsewhere. Prodrive was one of the teams that applied to enter F1 last year but it was not granted an entry, and although the FIA re-opened the selection process for this season, the company decided against applying. And with big regulations changes taking place in 2013, Richards admits it would only be then when Prodrive would consider F1 again
January 5th, 2011
Mini has completed a deal with Dani Sordo for its 2011 World Rally Championship campaign. Sordo tested for the Prodrive-run Mini team in November but was holding out for a full-season offer from Ford before committing to Mini. The 27-year-old Spaniard will join Kris Meeke at Mini, and both will compete in at least six WRC events this season
January 4th, 2011
The first customer-run Mini will join the World Rally Championship before the works team this year, with Brazilian Daniel Oliveira set to begin his campaign on Rally Portugal in March. The 25-year-old Brazilian, who competed in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge in 2010, has agreed a deal with Prodrive to enter a Super 2000-spec Mini on the third event of the WRC season, before switching to a WRC-spec version later in the year. Oliveira will be co-driven by Portugal’s Carlos Magalhaes, the pair having driven together in the IRC last year
December 3rd, 2010
Citroen refugee Dani Sordo is expected to sign for Mini’s World Rally Championship squad before the end of the year, this week’s AUTOSPORT magazine reveals. Prodrive confirmed that the Spaniard had taken part in a two-day test with the Mini Countryman WRC in Sardinia this week, but the company’s managing director Richard Taylor denied that any deal had been done. However, AUTOSPORT understands that Sordo will be confirmed imminently to drive alongside Kris Meeke for 2011.
September 2nd, 2010
Kris Meeke has signed to drive for Mini in the World Rally Championship next year, this week’s AUTOSPORT magazine reveals. Reigning Intercontinental Rally Challenge champion Meeke denied any deal had been done with the Prodrive team that will run Mini’s WRC return, but AUTOSPORT understands that an agreement is in place. A source close to Prodrive said: “The deal with Kris is done.
July 27th, 2010
Mini has confirmed the existence of the Countryman World Rally Car for the first time – and that the Prodrive-built machine will run on selected rounds of next year’s World Rally Championship before starting a full programme of events in 2012. A statement, which came from Mini in Munich, Germany, ended months of speculation linking the BMW-owned company with a rally development project being run by British-based motorsport firm Prodrive
July 22nd, 2010
Ford team principal Malcolm Wilson believes Marcus Gronholm could still do a good job for Mini, if he were to return with the German manufacturer next season. In today’s AUTOSPORT magazine , Gronholm admits to having talked to the parties involved in the Prodrive-run Mini World Rally Car and he says he would be interested in a programme of 2011 events