Banbury's Prodrive WRC Team today wished Spanish rally driver Dani Sordo the best of luck for the future, following his move to the Citroen World Rally Team for 2013.
Dave Wilcock, Prodrive WRC Team principal, said "Dani is one of the top drivers in the WRC and after his stunning performance in Spain last weekend, I am not at all surprised that Citroen have snapped him up.
"It's been a pleasure working with him over the last two years and his experience has been invaluable to the development of the MINI WRC. Just as importantly, behind the scenes he got on very well with everyone in the team and whenever we were running two cars he was a great team mate and not a rival.
"Although we have faced many challenges, Dani always remained positive and loyal to the team and I am only sad that we could not have given him his first win. I know that he wanted to secure his first WRC victory in the Mini and had we been able to confirm a full programme for him in 2013, I am sure he would have stayed with the team."
Wilcock added: "Now we have to move on, confirm our programme and driver line up for next year and continue with our development programme in order to achieve our goal of securing a maiden Mini win in the WRC."