MINI has announced that Spanish driver Daniel 'Dani' Sordo will team up with Brit Kris Meeke when MINI returns to rallying this season with the MINI WRC.
Dani said of his new drive: "There has been a great deal of excitement surrounding MINI's return to the WRC, so to be part of this new team is a fantastic opportunity for me. I'm sure MINI has a big future in the sport. I'm looking forward to working with Kris Meeke, having completed a very successful test with him in Sardinia last November."
Sordo began his career at 12 years old competing in motocross events, but he's also achieved success in hillclimbing, karting and touring cars. His first WRC event was the 2003 Rally Catalunya, where he drove a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII, finishing 18th overall. He went on to win the Spanish Junior Rally Championship that year, and retained the title in 2004, while gaining further international experience at WRC rounds in Argentina, France and Spain.
After another Junior World Rally Championship title in 2005, Sordo joined the Kronos Total Citroën World Rally Team in 2006 when he was first paired with Sébastien Loeb. Sordo finished the 2006 season with four podium places, 49 points and fifth overall in the Drivers' Championship. He has driven for the Citroën Total World Rally Team since 2007, and while in the WRC has achieved a total of 17 second place finishes, taking the third step of the podium 12 times.
In 2007, Sordo finished fourth in the WRC Drivers' Championship, was placed third in the standings in 2008 and 2009 and finished the 2010 season fifth overall. In 2011, the MINI WRC Team will enter at least six WRC events which will give Sordo and his co-driver Diego Vallejo the chance to work closely with the Banbury, UK-based, Prodrive outfit responsible for preparing the MINI WRC.