The celebrations continued well into the evening yesterday, as guests of MINI’s WRC Team launch were treated to an exuberant display of hooning by factory drivers Kris Meeke and Dani Sordo.
The new MINI John Cooper Works WRC was officially launched at the MINI Plant in Oxford this morning, to a rousing welcome. The spotlight was initially on Hopkirk and Aaltonen as they drove onto the stage behind the wheel of the legendary Classic Mini Cooper S, then the guests and media representatives were treated to a first look at the MINI John Cooper Works WRC in its final World Championship design.
Today is a big day for MINI, as it officially launches its return to international rallying with the MINI WRC Team. At an event to be held at the MINI plant in Oxford later this morning, guests and rally icons will welcome the brand’s return to the sport with all the razmatazz of a Mike Tyson comeback.
Geneva provided the stage for MINI to unveil the new MINI John Cooper Works S2000 as a foretaste of the full-blown John Cooper Works WRC, due compete in anger at Rally Italy from 5 – 8 May 2011.