Thousands of motorsport fans will be flocking to Cornbury Park, Charlbury, this weekend for the UK debut of the Oxfordshire-built Mini World Rally Championship car.

Spanish driver Dani Sordo will appear at The Rally Show to demonstrate the Mini WRC.

He will be heading straight to Oxfordshire from Sardinia, where he clinched a superb sixth place in the Mini John Cooper Works WRC debut at Rally Italy.

The Mini is making its first appearance in front of fans in the UK at Cornbury Park.

The Rally Show managing director, Malcolm Neill, said: “We would like to congratulate Dani and the entire Mini WRC Team on their performance in Sardinia. We cannot wait to see what Dani can do with the car at The Rally Show”.

The new Mini John Cooper Works WRC was designed and built by Prodrive in Banbury, just a few miles away from The Rally Show's new venue, the Cornbury Park estate.

Mini WRC team driver Dani Sordo said: "It will be great to be back in the Mini John Cooper Works WRC so soon after the rally in Sardinia. I know everyone in the UK wants to see the car in action and I aim to give the thousands of rally fans at Cornbury Park a great display".

The Rally Show is a firm fixture on the motorsport calendar. Visitors will also see an array of classic and modern rally cars on show, and veteran drivers attending the event include Mini legend Paddy Hopkirk.

Cornbury Park is the family home of Lord and Lady Rotherwick, and includes 1,700 acres of some of the most ancient parkland in Britain. Its connection to rallying was formed in the 1990s when it hosted a special stage on the Network Q RAC Rally.