Britain's Kris Meeke and Spanish driver Dani Sordo are to race for Mini this year when the brand makes its return to the FIA World Rally Championship.
The Mini team will take part in a limited number of events in the 2011 championship, with the intention of making a full comeback next year.
Sordo has 29 World Rally Championship podium finishes and 102 stage win to his credit. The 27-year-old partnered seven-time WRC champion Sebastien Loeb at Citroen.
He said: "There has been a great deal of excitement surrounding Mini's return to the WRC, so to be part of this new team is a fantastic opportunity for me.
"I'm sure Mini has a big future in the sport. I'm looking forward to working with Kris Meeke, having completed a very successful test with him in Sardinia last November."
Prodrive, the Banbury-based motorsport engineering firm, has developed the rally-optimised version of the Mini Countryman for the WRC.
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