Prodrive ‘wants Brit in Mini’
Mini’s rally partner Prodrive wants the opportunity to a operate a British driver in the centre from the firm’s new Countryman WRC programme.
Prodrive chairman David Richards, who helped to create Subaru to rallying after which made Colin McRae and Richard Burns world rally champions within the Japanese firm’s cars, has told Autocar he would like to give another Briton an opportunity of the sport’s top prize.
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“The motive force choice is going to be lower to Small and ourselves,” stated Richards. “Small does not really appear to possess a preference on driver choice or where they are from, but I have always were built with a loyal streak within me and it is extensively recorded that Prodrive has already established success with British motorists before. It’d certainly have appeal when we would have a third British driver to some world title, as well as in an english vehicle.”
Britain has two apparent candidates for that drive: reigning Intercontinental Rally Challenge champion Kris Meeke and Skoda United kingdom IRC driver Guy Wilks. Meeke will probably be the preferred option of these two he’s a Northern Irishman, like Small legend Paddy Hopkirk, and the technical and development skills are stated to become highly regarded. He was already utilized by Citroen to check the forthcoming DS3 WRC.
RIchards also stated the offer marked the finish of the “strange period” for Prodrive. “When you have a strong that’s as steeped on the planet Rally Championship once we are, and you finish up spending 2 yrs away, it will seem like an unusual period,” he stated. “But to return having a brand like Small is terrific. This is not some lame, half-hearted effort this is an absolutely full-blooded campaign.”