Photographs of the MINI John Cooper Works WRC being tested on gravel roads in Spain. The Prodrive-developed car is currently sporting a new rear wing.

Kris Meeke and Dani Sordo spent two days each testing the Mini John Cooper Works WRC near Seville. The focus of the test was primarily on speed and a base set-up for the car's debut in Italy.

MINI WRC Team Spanish Test Report by MINI Motorsport:

After the first test day was abandoned due to heavy rain in Seville, things could only get better for the MINI WRC Team and drivers Kris Meeke and Dani Sordo. Having seen downpours flood the test site, making it almost impassable, the weather gods were smiling on Kris and Dani on the second test day, and the two drivers immediately took the opportunity to push the upgraded MINI Rally Car to the limit.

The most important technical modification to the WRC car is the larger rear spoiler, in accordance with WRC regulations. The new wing generates much more downforce, as Kris discovered in the first round of tests. "You could feel the improved traction immediately – particularly when accelerating out of the corners," says Kris, who spent the first two days behind the wheel.

Prodrive’s Technical Director, David Lapworth, was also more than happy after the first test kilometres. "The car is now in line with WRC specifications. Together with the current engine we were able to significantly improve performance," said a happy Lapworth.

Dani Sordo also got off to a flying start in his test drives. Having already seen Kris Meeke set a good pace with the new car, Dani was determined to join the party. By the end of the third day of testing, the average speed of the MINI Rally Car was up at over 100 km/h.

"We are very happy with the results here in Seville," said Lapworth. "However, only our first outing under race conditions, at the Rally d'Italia, will reveal where we actually stand compared to our rivals."

Until then the MINI WRC Team will continue to work on fine-tuning the engine and chassis, in order to get its WRC campaign off to a worthy start in Sardinia on 5th May.

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Fuente: rallybuz