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Wednesday, 24 August 2011
Marvellous MINI secures first Podium Result
The Prodrive run MINI WRC Team Scores Third Position at Rally Germany
MINI WRC - Rally Germany
Spanish Driver, Dani Sordo drove a faultless race from flag-to-finish at this weekend’s Rally Germany and took a well-deserved third place finish in the No.37 John Cooper Works WRC, joining Citroen drivers Sebastian Ogier and Sebastian Loeb on the podium. “Dani has driven an impeccable event, and never put a foot wrong. I never doubted his abilities,” said Prodrive Chairman, David Richards.
Teammate Kris Meeke was also battling hard, and looked set for a fifth position finish, but on the penultimate stage an electrical fault brought the car to a stop, forcing them to retire from the race. “If there was any bad luck it was always with him,” said David Richards. “He has proved how competitive he can be here and I am sure he is looking forward to France.” Despite Kris Meeke’s unfortunate result, he managed to maintain the pace throughout the Rally weekend, setting a third fastest stage time in WRC MINI No.52 and is ready to turn things around at rally France.
It has been 11 months since the MINI WRC car first hit the track, testing in Portugal. Whilst still familiarising with the MINI characteristics and fine tuning the car for maximum potential, the team has only competed in three World Rally Championship events and what a remarkable achievement to make it to the podium on its first tarmac Rally. The first podium for MINI in more than 40 years thanks to Dani Sordo. For the second time this season the team has also been awarded the Abu Dhabi Spirit of the Rally Award for Sordo’s flawless drive.