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Sordo joins Kris Meeke in Mini team

Kris Meeke is happy to have a familiar face alongside him in the new BMW Mini rally team.

The Ulsterman will be joined by his former Citroen Junior World championship team-mate Dani Sordo as Mini returns to the World championship stage this year after a gap of four decades.

The 27-year-old Spaniard has been World champion Sebastien Loeb’s No.2 at Citroen for the past five years but before that he and Meeke were part of the Citroen junior team, Sordo edging out the Dungannon driver in the race for the JWRC title.

But at the end of last season Sordo was replaced by Sebastien Ogier, giving Citroen their ‘dream ticket’ of a French team, French car and all-French driver line-up.

Sordo signed for Mini after testing the Prodrive-developed Countryman 4x4 in Sardinia in late November but the announcement was delayed until his Citroen contract ran out at the end of 2010.

And Meeke is pleased to have him on board.

“We’ve been friends since our Junior World championship days with Citroen and I think he has done a fantastic job as Loeb’s No.2,” said Meeke.

“Dani is under-appreciated but he’s scored something like 30 podium finishes in the past four years and if Loeb hadn’t been around its possible he could have been World champion by now.”

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