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Prodrive reduced to privateer status in the WRC after MINI ends factory deal

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tomhlord - Unregistered

February 06, 2012 6:55 PM

Great, they mention how successful the car has been so far, but sadly (and this is the harsh truth) with Araujo & Nobre they most certainly wont get any more podiums. From the outside, without knowing the full details, this is a joke BMW, a complete waste of everybody's time.

Twin Cam Sam - Unregistered

February 06, 2012 7:20 PM

Am I the only one who doesn't understand this announcement ?

"We remain convinced the sport of rallying is ideally suited to our brand" WTF ?

This must be THE most mismanaged Motorsport programme ever. Such a missed opportunity. The publicity of a Mini staring the Monte Carlo Rally with a Northern Irishman at the wheel all those years after Paddy Hopkirk - completely lost. Shocking. A car which has finished on the podium 3 times in 7 rally's. What is going on. You hear DR and Prodrive are to blame for not coming up with the sponsorship required. Or BMW are too wrapped up their DTM programme. The situation with the WRC promotion and TV rights can't have helped.

Can anyone explain the background to this fiasco ? It's nearly as bad as Matt's 'Go Fast Rally Team' although, let's be honest, that is just plain funny !

Andy NI - Unregistered

February 06, 2012 8:15 PM

If BMW are thinking this fiasco will sell cars they have another thing coming. As an owner of a couple of classic minis I was always very cold on the new car as it was always trying to cash in on the old cars history. Just as Dani and Kris start to break down that boundary and give the car some competition credit to match its illustrious predecessor this mess happens.
Prodrive were able to take a farmers pickup and with the help of the sadly missed McRae and Burns turn the Subaru brand into exotica loves by millions of people worldwide.
I've been a spectator on every RAC/Rally of Wales since 1972(yes honest) and the loss of a British hero has severely reduced spectator numbers and TV coverage. The treatment of Kris Meeke and now Prodrive is appalling.
I just hope that Prodrive enter both Dani and Kris in this years Rally of Wales and show the “factory” team how to do things.
I know who I'll be shouting for!!

Pedro Correia

February 06, 2012 8:49 PM

Ok, the big picture is (and not a pretty one, I'me afraid):

* Prodrive confirmed a full season entry, but only assured a single driver entry in each event, with a second entry pending in a paid driver event by event basis, M1 teams are obliged a full 2 car team in each event, so Prodrive/Mini entry as M1 was grey area

* As so, rules state a manufacturer must participate as M1 team, at least a season, to car homologation became efective by 7 years.

* With this deal with Motorsport Italia, BMW assured Mini JCW WRC homologation until 2018, now they can be sold as many as they want to privateers who can be sure the car is good to race next six years.

* Prodrive still can make a good deal assisting privateers

* Sordo never was a Mini works driver nor Meeke, they ar under Prodrive contract, not BMW contract.

runnah - Unregistered

February 06, 2012 9:35 PM

The whole thing stinks. WTF is going on with WRC these days? Seems like every make besides Citroen has cold feet about the series. I feel like the FIA is actively trying to kill the sport with piss poor leadership and decisions that knowingly make it not cost effective to rally.

scenic - Unregistered

February 06, 2012 10:28 PM

Absolutely flabbergasted. So this is effectively BMW pullling out of WRC even though they were never in it anyway? I'm confused and sad tonight. What a fxxking disaster.

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