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Prodrive to miss Monte Carlo

Prodrive missing from the entry list for Rally Monte Carlo, with 13 WRC cars set to contest the 2013 season opener
Prodrive insists it will return to action in the World Rally Championship despite being missing from the entry for the 2013 season opener in Monte Carlo.

The team had hoped to run on the opening event of the new campaign but has instead elected to switch focus towards putting a programme in place from Rally Sweden onwards.

As things stand, the team is still working to find a driver - or drivers - to replace Dani Sordo after he returned to Citroen as partner to Mikko Hirvonen.

“We're reasonably optimistic we'll get to Sweden and we're positive the car will be capable of setting good times,” Prodrive's Richard Taylor told the official WRC website. “When a car works well on Tarmac generally you'll find it works well everywhere, particularly given the upgrades we've made that have addressed some of the issues we had in Sweden last year.

“Whatever we do has to stack up commercially. There's no financial support from MINI but some of the drivers we are talking to have their own funding and we are also in discussion with commercial partners to do a reasonable number of rallies with a car capable of winning.”

Despite Prodrive being missing from the event, a total of 13 WRC cars are set to contest the first round of the year, headed by defending champion Sebastien Loeb in the first of his four outings in 2013.

The Frenchman will score manufacturer points for Citroen alongside Mikko Hirvonen, with Dani Sordo entered in a third car under the Abu Dhabi Citroen Total WRT banner.

Mads Ostberg and Evgeny Novikov are set to score for the Qatar M-Sport World Rally Team, with Volkswagen giving the new Polo WRC its debut in the hands of Sebastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala.

Elsewhere, Juho Hanninen and Thierry Neuville will run under the Qatar World Rally Team banner in their Fiesta RS WRCs, with Michal Kosciuszko entered by Lotos Team WRC in a MINI John Cooper Works.

The Fiestas of Martin Prokop and Julien Maurin round out the WRC entry alongside Bryan Bouffier's Citroen DS3.



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Canada Corner - Unregistered

December 30, 2012 3:10 PM

Whether you like DR or not, he made a valid comment earlier this year regarding sponsorship. It all depends in TV, and mainly Free to Air TV, if there was any, he could go to potential sponsors with something for them. No FTA TV, no deal. Simple. Even now, 3 weeks to the Monte, nobody knows about any TV coverage. Is it MotorsTV? Wil it be RedBullTV? Prodrive should just forget the Mini WRC programme and concentrate on the GT, and Aussie V8 series. The Mini has lost a years worth of development - it's only good for Gentleman/Rich Amateur drivers, or National series.

Pinky - Unregistered

January 01, 2013 2:25 AM

What a shambles this Mini WRC Project has been. I had high hopes but got on thing but deep bitter disappointment thanks to BMW's ass end attempt now Prodrive look set to miss due to sponsorship. Prodrive you're better then this. Dump th Mini and bring back scooby.



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