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Prodrive’s WRC campaign reduced to privateer status

WRC MINI on displayBMW’s MINI brand has announced that their WRC development partner, Prodrive, will no-longer run the MINI works WRC entry. That responsibility will go to WRC Team MINI Portugal, with a pair of MINIs for Armindo Araújo (PT) and his co-driver Miguel Ramalho (PT), as well as Paulo Nobre (BR) and co-driver Edu Paula (BR). The two cars will contest the remaining 12 events of the 2012 World Rally Championship.

Banbury-based Prodrive will remain responsible for the construction and support of MINI Works WRC customer vehicles, and will continue to work with the BMW Group on further developments of the car. The WRC team run by Prodrive will, from now on, start as a works-supported private team. Read the rest of this entry »

MINI wins Qatar International Rally

Prodrive MiniThe MINI John Cooper Works rally car won its first FIA international event this weekend, when Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari took victory at the Qatar International Rally, the first round of the 2012 Middle East Rally Championship (MERC).

Al Kuwari and his co-driving brother, Nasser Al-Kuwari, emerged victorious by a margin of 2m 24.9s, and confirmed their first career MERC win and a debut success for the Prodrive-built and Tok Sport-run MINI John Cooper Works Super Production Car (SPC).

“It is a fantastic feeling to win this rally,” said Al-Kuwari. “I have achieved success in national rallies in Qatar, but this was the big one. This was the rally I wanted to win. It was a great battle with Nasser. The new car was fantastic. This is the biggest win of my career.” Read the rest of this entry »

MINI WRC Team is officially launched

WRC MINI on display

The MINI WRC Team was officially presented to the public at the team launch on Monday, which took place at the MINI Plant in Oxford. This season the team will contest six rounds of the World Rally Championship with the MINI John Cooper Works WRC. The car will compete for the first time at the Rally d’Italia Sardegna from 5th to 8th May with Kris Meeke and Dani Sordo at the wheel. The goal in the debut season is to gain valuable experience ready to take on the entire 2012 Championship.

BMW were playing heavily on the history of the Mini marque, with the spotlight initially on the legendary Classic Mini Cooper S, driven onto the stage by Hopkirk and Aaltonen, before the final unveiling of the MINI John Cooper Works WRC in its final World Championship design. The car, developed by Prodrive, is based on the MINI Countryman. Read the rest of this entry »