RallySport Magazine, in its Rally Blog, remarks,
It was great to see the new MINI take its second podium place in a row, with Dani Sordo almost winning last weekend’s Rallye de France.
Top marks go to David Richards and the Prodrive team for building a car that has been competitive right out of the blocks. After the disaster of Prodrive and Subaru during their last few seasons, it’s great to see the British company back near the top.
It looks good for the future, and you’d expect VW to be just as competitive when they enter the WRC in 2013.
On the downside, have you ever heard such a ridiculous car name as “MINI John Cooper Works World Rally Car”?
Okay, so MINI (and why is it spelt with all capital letters?) are remembering the ‘Cooper S’ days, but why wouldn’t they have just called the car the Mini Cooper S WRC?
Let’s hope when they join the WRC full time in 2012, the name has been shortened considerably. But then again, if that’s the only thing to complain about at present, then the WRC is looking pretty strong.