WRC » OFFICIAL: MINI gets manufacturer entry slot

FIA issues revised entry list for the 2012 World Rally Championship, 11 entrants now confirmed.

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Aye - Unregistered

January 13, 2012 2:27 AM

I'd say Ford and Citroen were none too pleased when they heard this, but at least they know that MINI won't win the Manufacturers title next year. Hopefully MINI can sort things out and enter every round in 2013 with two drivers.

What I don't get though is why don't Monster Energy or Red Bull just sponsor them? I know Monster sponsor Ken Block and Red Bull sponsor Citroen, but Monster are sponsoring MINI on the Dakar. Surely the WRC has a bigger global audience throughout the year than the Dakar does over two weeks? So I don't know where the logis is in that. Then again, I don't run a business.

Maybe Rockstar Energy could sponsor the MINI's....the cars would look good then. They'd look even better if Mother sponsored them.

Joe Bloggs - Unregistered

January 13, 2012 10:13 AM

I wish FIA WRC had the same promotion and appeal as FIA F1 Championship

In Rallying we are restricted to 13 rounds which not all competitors can even afford to travel to and the Junior Formula are judged over 7 counting rounds. One of the most Iconic Brands (MINI) cannot attract a title sponsor and one of the best drivers in the world had to run a private team for 3 years to get a drive.

Formula 1 Has 10 or 11 teams with 20 races, is much more expensive yet has pay drivers queing up for a car, some teams like Ferrari and Williams etc have been in the series for years and exist for racing and Brand promotion.

Why has WRC not reached the same level of Financial interest, organisation and promotion etc, Rally fans are not happy FIA, you need to do something soon or Ford and Citroen money will be going onto the F1 Grid instead of the Stage Start and the WRC Series will be lost

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