The new-for-2011 WRC Academy combines six world championship rallies with a structured programme of training for young drivers.
“It’s a good atmosphere, there’s a lot of help and support for the drivers and co-drivers,” said Sordo [pictured above]. “It’s a great project because it introduces young guys to experienced professionals which is a great opportunity.”
Ford’s European motorsport chief Gerard Quinn is also a big fan of the series. He said: “The WRC Academy is one of the most innovative developments in WRC in recent times. It provides a tremendous opportunity for young talent to find a professional route into the pinnacle of rallying, the WRC. Ford is proud to be involved through its donation of the Ford Fiestas, which are converted into the R2 rally cars by our partners at M-Sport.”
Quinn continued: “The WRC Academy is proving to be a huge success in its first year. It is already uncovering exciting talent that I hope will eventually be seen in WRC. I am delighted to be involved with this project which I am sure will provide future talent to the WRC.”