Mini – or Prodrive, the outfit that preps Mini's rally cars – has inexplicably failed to file for entry into the 2012 World Rally Championship before the series' December 20 deadline. Mini's first year back at the top level of rallying as a development team yielded two podiums, and the company hasn't stepped back from its stated desire to win the whole championship in 2013. Word is that parent BMW is gung-ho to continue but that there are "significant issues which need to be resolved" between it and Prodrive.

In an update to the situation today, UK site PistonHeads said has spoken to Prodrive and has been told Mini will somehow gain entry and be at the first race in Monte Carlo. Prodrive is in discussions now with the FIA to clear the way to entry, but apparently told PistonHeads that had "some concern" over WRC promotion with respect to television coverage. We have no idea if that has anything to do with the supposed issues with BMW, but we do know we'd like to see the little red flyer in action again this year.


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      Alex Butti
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope they solve this matter as quick as possible and let BMW/ Mini sign up for the 2012 series. We need more entries other than Ford, Citroen, and VW.
      IBx27
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sounds like someone at BMW cut someone's pay at Prodrive.
      Mchicha
      • 3 Years Ago
      Chevrolet needs to enter WRC, make it a little more interesting
        Evan McMiller
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mchicha
        with what car...they wouldn't stand a chance.
          Javanese
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Evan McMiller
          LOL watch WTCC recently? Shitty roadcars doesnt mean dick in track racing. Otherwise how do explain the Lacetti keep spanking 3series, GTis, Leons, Civics, C30s in WTCC? They could enter with the cruze or sonic in WRC.
        Drakkon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mchicha
        With what product? What makes the Subaru/Mitsubishi rally efforts exciting it that you can buy a car that will do 90% of the race car. It's what the makes the Ford/Citroen entries not quite as cool. A Cruz or Sonic would be cool to see sideways in the dirt, but what would the consumer product by that backs it up?
      Justin J.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dani Sordo posted earlier today that Mini will participate in a minimum of 10 races, so they might not be hitting all of the stops. He did say they will be at Monte Carlo though. Should be an interesting season with Mikko at Citroen and Petter in a factory Ford.
      Alex
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nothing a bit of money can't solve...
      Javanese
      • 3 Years Ago
      Whooops! welcome to last week autoblog. It's no big deal, BMW just want a major sponsor. Zee germans couldn't be arsed to foot the bill of an entire rally program by themselves like what scooby did.
        Narom
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Javanese
        Well apart from the huge 555 sponsorship they had for years?
          Javanese
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Narom
          Note, they stop running fag based sponsorship since 2004. Why do you think scooby pull out? No sponsor, NO moooooneeeyyyyyy. No money, no competitive car. No competitive car, no manufacturer support. It's inevitable really and BMW/mini are very smart to realise that before committing to anything.
          Javanese
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Narom
          Note, they stop running fag based sponsorship since 2004. Why do you think scooby pull out? No sponsor, NO moooooneeeyyyyyy. No money, no competitive car. No competitive car, no manufacturer support. It's inevitable really and BMW/mini are very smart to realise that before committing to anything.
      Zondaracer
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would like to see Mini continue. I would also like to see even more manufacturers such as Subaru, Mitsubishi, Toyota, Lancia/Fiat, and more. The more the merrier I say.
      Drakkon
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Prodrive Mini will not be on the Virginia Republican Primary ballot either!
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