Dani Sordo started the WRC year with MINI (Photo Credit: BMW AG)

Dani Sordo started the WRC year with MINI (Photo Credit: BMW AG)

After days of speculation, Ford has confirmed that Dani Sordo will replace the injured Jari-Matti Latvala for next week’s Rally Argentina.

The Spaniard is under contract with Prodrive this season, but with the former works Mini squad electing not to run Sordo in the event, he has been given permission to fill the void at Ford as a one-off. The vacancy was caused by Latvala breaking his left collarbone whilst skiing, and electing to recover fully in time for Rally Acropolis next month.

“We're fortunate to have a driver of Dani's calibre to join us,” said team principal Malcolm Wilson. “His experience at Rally Argentina was a key factor in the decision, having started the rally five times and finishing second in 2009.  The agreement is for one rally only, and I would like to thank the management of Dani's current team, who were extremely gracious in helping us in such challenging circumstances.”

Latvala’s co-driver Miikka Anttila will also step aside to make way for Sordo’s regular partner Carlos del Barrio, who like Sordo is searching for his first WRC win next week.