• MINI WRC Monte Carlo 02/02/2011 Dani Sordo & Kris Meeke
  • MINI Countryman WRC & 1968 Mini Cooper S Monte Carlo 02/02/2011 Dani Sordo & Kris Meeke
  • MINI WRC meets 1968 Cooper S Monte Carlo 02/02/2011
  • MINI WRC meets 1968 Cooper S Monte Carlo 02/02/2011 (L-R) Rauno Aaltonen, Paddy Hopkirk, Dani Sordo & Kris Meeke
  • MINI Countryman WRC Monte Carlo 02/02/2011 Dani Sordo & Kris Meeke
  • Historic Monte Carlo Rally 2011 01/02/2011 Rauno Aaltonen starts the final leg of the rally in the harbour of Monte Carlo. 1968 Mini Cooper s
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Mini has reportedly confirmed its 2012 World Rally Championship entry after initially missing the December 19 entry deadline. According to Autosport, the delay may have had something to do with concerns Mini parent company BMW had over television coverage of the sport in Germany. Now it would seem the FIA is working to address those issues and Mini is once again slated to join both Ford and Citroën as full manufacturers in the series. The delay may have been a tactical move by BMW and Mini