Patrik Sandell

Date of Birth:21 Apr 82
Car No:52
Car:MINI John Cooper Works WRC
Team:MINI WRC Team
Co-driver:Staffan Parmander
FIA Championship Titles:2006 FIA Junior World Rally Champion
WRC Debut:Sweden 2005

Career Summary
Sandell marked himself out as a star of the future by winning the Junior world title at his first attempt in 2006 alongside fellow Swedish youngster Emil Axelsson. He stepped up to the Production Car world championship in 2008 and by 2009 had won two rounds of the hugely competitive series driving a Skoda Fabia Super 2000.
Unfortunately an accident on the third event of the year in Portugal put him on the back foot and he was unable to emulate his early-season form, settling for fourth in the final table instead.
When the S2000 category got its own championship for 2010, Sandell was one of the first to sign up. A strong run of form mid-season put him in contention for the title but he ultimately lost out on a final-round decider.
With options to continue in the WRC limited, Sandell switched to the Intercontinental Rally Challenge for 2011 with the intention of learning new events. With new co-driver Staffan Parmander by his side, he scored a podium on the final event of the year but it was otherwise a frustrating year for the Swede and made him more determined than ever to secure a return to the WRC. As the Sweden World Rally Team’s first recruit Sandell has a three-year plan to make it to the top of the sport starting on his home round of the world championship in a factory MINI.
As well as competing on the world stage, Sandell has been a regular in the Chinese championship in recent seasons where he has claimed a number of victories.