WRC » MINI fails to register for WRC 2012?

FIA registration deadline passes - and MINI misses the cut off

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December 20, 2011 2:39 PM

oh dear! but why could prodrive not have put in a provisional entry anyway. it sounds as if prodrive might have been trying to exert too much pressure on bmw, for added cash?
but in the end, it will all work out. nobody will want to lose a works team from the series

Robert - Unregistered

December 20, 2011 3:10 PM

I really hope this isn't happening. After their promising comeback this season, I was so certain they'll be competing the full events next year with confidence that Dani can challenge for the title and get his wins at last.

Aye - Unregistered

December 20, 2011 4:58 PM

MINI are still looking for another major sponsor. But BMW have said they want to do the full season so I don't see why they didn't just put up the money for the entry. I'm sure they would have three hundred thousand euro lying around the place somewhere...

Spanner monkey - Unregistered

December 20, 2011 11:04 PM

It's not as simple as putting an entry in. If you are entered then you are committed to doing the full season failure to turn up for even one round is a massive fine from the FIA. The team will be at Monte carlo just maybe not as an official manufacturer team unless the FIA allow them a late entry

JoePike - Unregistered

December 20, 2011 11:06 PM

The problem is that BMW never said a thing about rallying and never promised anything.
The only guys talking about BMW were Prodive and Journalists
It is quite funny to read now that BMW will not invest as much as planned.
They never had any plan to compete in WRC.
This has been pure disinformation from Dave Richards from day1

Just_Observing - Unregistered

December 21, 2011 2:33 AM

Disinformation???... if there is one thing I've learned from watching motorsport the past 20 or so years is that organisations like ProDrive etc, do NOT launch into building something like the Mini WRC without some sort of guarantee from the manufacturer for support... so its more likely that BMW did say they would support it but now because they want to do DTM as well they are wanting to do it cheaper, so are expecting Prodrive to foot more of the bill or want added sponsorship from somewhere else... and I'd be willing to speculate that the Aston Martin debacle has made Prodrive a bit more wary as well

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