WRC » Prodrive confirms 'significant' MINI upgrades

Prodrive to introduce a large number of modifications to the MINI John Cooper Works WRC

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March 05, 2012 10:56 AM

This is Great news for Mini and Prodrive, its just a shame that BMW cant see beyond their Wallet and support Prodrive properly. I still think its rediculous that they have nominated WRC Mini Team Portugal instead further supporting Prodrive finacially

They are acting like a spoilt School kid, cutting of their nose to spite their face, they will be lucky to get a Top 10 let alone a poduim, that wont do their marketing any Good. i know Dave Richards didnt reach his Business plan, but Prodrive are still commited and so they should talk and try and resume thier differences so Dani and Kris can get the results they deserve

GPone - Unregistered

March 05, 2012 11:36 AM

OOoooo, I see Richards is sticking it to the "official" mini works team.
He should move on with the normal mini (or the coupe) next year, much smaller and much better car. The only reason they went with countryman was in hope of BMW official support but since that went up in flame...


March 05, 2012 2:07 PM

I think the choice to "promote" MINI WRC Team Portugal to "works" status was nothing more than fiddling with the regulations. Prodrive didn't have the budget to put two cars in every rally, but Dani Sordo clearly remains the #1 Mini driver. As he should be, he's clearly the fastest.

MKD - Unregistered

March 05, 2012 2:08 PM

If they aren't making a team with Meeke and Sordo it's better to have Dani in one of the cars and the other car put on sale, like on Monte. The thing with WRC Mini Team Portugal is total embarrassment and maybe will be used as excuse for BMW to withdraw completely from the championship.


March 05, 2012 7:06 PM


Clearly it is financially more viable for Prodrive to run Sandell. But I'm sure they wouldn't object to running Meeke if you or anybody covered the costs. Why don't you then?

You can't? Well, that's too bad. You know, integrity and sporting ability is all and well, but no one's gonna run an operation that's bleeding money. It's not lack of scrupules, it's just plain rationality.

MKD - Unregistered

March 06, 2012 8:26 PM

Meeke wasn't on the podium even in GB last year, let alone a win. He hasn't the experience nor the consistency to achieve some impressive results yet. And if MINI really mean business in WRC they should exploit this year like a real factory team before the coming of VW.

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