The MINI WRC Team will compete in the World Rally Championship in 2012 as a manufacturer, the FIA has confirmed.
Although MINI has had to cut back its planned programme this season, with Britain's Kris Meeke dropped in favour of pay drivers, the team has been listed as a full manufacturer on the latest list of entrants published by the sports' governing body.
Indeed, compared to the list issued on December 21, the number of entrants has increased from 5 to a far more respectable 11, with a number of 'teams' also now registered, including two M-Sport Ford WRT slots, which are expected to be used by a number of drivers in 2012, including Mads Ostberg, Henning Solberg, Matthew Wilson, Evgeny Novikov
and Ott Tanak.
The full list, as of January 11, 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 WRCMINI WRC Team
Dani Sordo MINI John Cooper Works WRCMINI WRC Team TBC MINI John Cooper Works WRCWRC teams:Armindo Araujo World Rally Team Armindo Araujo MINI John Cooper Works WRCPalmeirinha Rally Paulo Nobre MINI John Cooper Works WRC M-Sport Ford World Rally Team TBC Ford Fiesta RS WRCM-Sport Ford World Rally Team TBC Ford Fiesta RS WRCQatar World Rally Team Nasser Al-Attiyah Citroen DS3 WRC
* Drivers in italics
were not included on the entry list released by FIA.