A second customer has bought a MINI Countryman WRC from Prodrive and announced their entry into the World Rally Championship for 2011. Motorsport Italia with Armindo Araujo will begin with an S2000-spec MINI Countryman in Rally Portugal, then move up to the MINI Countryman WRC in time for Rally Italy in late May. From autosport.com:
“We have been talking to Armindo about a drive in the Mini for some time and it is great news that he has now confirmed his programme,” said Graham Prew, Prodrive motorsport sales manager.
“He has proved just how fast he is in the PWRC with two consecutive titles. Now in the new Mini, he will be able to pitch himself directly against the best rally drivers in the world.”
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