Prodrive has signed Kris Meeke to drive for Mini's team in the World Rally Championship next year, according to our sister site Autosport.
The reigning Intercontinental Rally Challenge champion has been linked with the team since its assault on the championship was confirmed in July.
A source close to Prodrive told Autosport, “The deal with Kris is done. [Prodrive chairman] David Richards has talked a great deal about having a British driver and he’s been as good as his word.”
Richards has previously expressed a desire to recruit a new young team of engineers, mechanics and drivers to help achieve similar success to the Subaru glory days.
Richards told Autocar: “The whole idea and the whole concept is to recreate what we did with young people in the Subaru days, and our job is to give them all the resources they need to do the job properly and to stand back and let them get on with it.