The FIA has published a revised entry list for the 2012 FIA World Rally Championship on the eve of Rally Sweden.
Following MINI's decision to end the factory deal with Prodrive [see separate story - here
], the 'MINI WRC Team' entry has been deleted and replaced with the 'WRC MINI Team Portugal', which amalgamates the 'Armindo Araujo World Rally Team' and the 'Palmeirinha Rally' team of Paulo Nobre.
Other changes to the list published back in January, includes the inclusion of two new outfits, namely the 'Adapta World Rally Team' (which will run Mads Ostberg) and the 'Citroen Junior WRT' (which will run Thierry Neuville).
The 'Go Fast Energy WRT' of Henning Solberg and Matt Wilson has yet to be included as a WRC Team.
The full list, as of February 8, is as follows, although it should be noted that registrations remain open until March 27.2012 FIA World Rally Championship - List of entrants:
*Manufacturers:Citroen Total World Rally Team
Sebastien Loeb Citroen DS3 WRCCitroen Total World Rally Team Mikko Hirvonen Citroen DS3 WRCFord World Rally Team
Jari-Matti Latvala Ford Fiesta RS WRCFord World Rally Team Petter Solberg Ford Fiesta RS WRCWRC MINI Team Portugal
Armindo Araujo MINI John Cooper Works WRCWRC MINI Team Portugal
Paulo Nobre MINI John Cooper Works WRCWRC teams:Adapta World Rally Team Mads Ostberg Ford Fiesta RS WRCCitroen Junior World Rally Team Thierry Neuville Citroen DS3 WRCM-Sport Ford World Rally Team TBC Ford Fiesta RS WRC
#M-Sport Ford World Rally Team TBC Ford Fiesta RS WRC
#Qatar World Rally Team Nasser Al-Attiyah Citroen DS3 WRC
* Drivers in italics
were not included on the entry list released by FIA.
# Drivers competing under the M-Sport Ford WRT banner are likely to vary throughout the season. In Monte Carlo, Ott Tanak, Evgeny Novikov and Francois Delecour ran under this moniker.