Citroen refugee Dani Sordo is expected to sign for Mini's World Rally Championship squad before the end of the year, AUTOSPORT reports.
Prodrive confirmed that the Spaniard had taken part in a two-day test with the Mini Countryman WRC in Sardinia this week, but the company's managing director Richard Taylor denied that any deal had been done. However, AUTOSPORT reports that Sordo will be confirmed imminently to drive alongside Kris Meeke for 2011.
Sordo, who tested for one day on asphalt and one on gravel, said: "I tested the car and that's all for the moment. The car felt good, nice; it's not bad for the start.
"I remember the [Citroen] DS3 was not at the top when I first started. There is some work needed in every area, but it's early and there is time.
"The Prodrive team is very motivated and David [Lapworth, Prodrive's technical director] has a lot of experience. I need to understand the car more, but for the start, it's good."