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    Dani Sordo to drive Mini Super Production in Corsica. Pierre Campana was expected to get the drive as it's his home rally. Car is run by SMG Motorsport, owned by Drive-Pro who ran Campana last year in WRC, and will receive technical support from Prodrive.
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    The Spaniard will start the French round of the IRC on a Mini John Cooper Works S2000.
    The fourth round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, Corsica on 11 and 12 May, will host a major driver in the world ... one of Dani Sordo. On this occasion, the Spanish will for the first time behind the wheel of a Mini John Cooper Works Super Production Car (SPC). The SPC is a mount almost identical to that driver in the WRC except several technical details. This version has an air inlet flange smaller than a WRC (30mm to 33mm in the WRC), a smaller rear wing, front brakes and a smaller bumper and side windows different. The Corsica is not uncharted territory for the Spanish. The latter is already taken part several times and has included two third places to his name in 2006 and 2007. Paved roads and winding of the island of beauty unlike any other and Sordo remains on three excellent results on this surface (a podium in Monte Carlo, France and Germany). Nobody doubts the fact that former teammate Sebastien Loeb does not come to Corsica to make up the numbers. "The Tour de Corse is a legendary event is such a shame he is no longer in WRC calendar , said the driver of the Mini. I really like it because it is a very technical rally and should always be precise in our paths. Although the engine and the aerodynamics are different version of WRC, the SPC Mini has the same chassis so it should not be a big adjustment problem. "


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    5 Live stages on Eurosport too.

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    With the torque advantage of the SPC over the S2000 cars and with Sordo driving I can't see anyone beating the MINI. It will be very interesting to see how much quicker he is than the traditional cars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartanic View Post
    With the torque advantage of the SPC over the S2000 cars and with Sordo driving I can't see anyone beating the MINI. It will be very interesting to see how much quicker he is than the traditional cars.
    Wouldn't bet the ranch on it Think he'll be up against it with the factory Fabias and perhaps a 207 Evo 12 or two. We'll see.

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    Judging by the pace of the Fabias on the Circuit which ever Hanninen or Kopesky does Corsica they will be hard bet along with Mikkelson too
    Keep the MKII tale happy on the stages

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    I've heard roumers that the 1.6t s2000 cars with their 30mm restricter are way down on power to their 2l n/a counterparts. Surely if the 1.6ts are better everyone would be using the fiesta rrc wouldn't they? Or is this mini somthing different? Didn't tsjoen use one in ypres last year and come nowhere?

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    Quote Originally Posted by guyfos View Post
    I've heard roumers that the 1.6t s2000 cars with their 30mm restricter are way down on power to their 2l n/a counterparts. Surely if the 1.6ts are better everyone would be using the fiesta rrc wouldn't they? Or is this mini somthing different? Didn't tsjoen use one in ypres last year and come nowhere?
    Michal Solowow ( I think that's how it is spelt) had both and took a dislike to the rrc as he reckoned the s2000 was quicker.


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    Quote Originally Posted by guyfos View Post
    I've heard roumers that the 1.6t s2000 cars with their 30mm restricter are way down on power to their 2l n/a counterparts. Surely if the 1.6ts are better everyone would be using the fiesta rrc wouldn't they? Or is this mini somthing different? Didn't tsjoen use one in ypres last year and come nowhere?
    Tsjoen had a 207 S2000 in Ypres

    Patrick Snijers rallied an S2000 version Mini 1.6T in Ypres last year was a bit off the pace though giving it was his first rally in the car it wasnt a bad showing to finish 4th overall after a few people retired all be it over 6 minutes behind Loix's after losing nearly 3 minutes with a couple of problems, he was just 13 seconds behind Solowow who was in a fiesta s2000.

    Think after Ypres the car was converted to full WRC spec so never really got to see if he could of improved in it

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    Will be interesting to see how the s2000 cars go against it in the right hands...
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