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The Rally Show: Prodrive Special

The Rally Show: Prodrive Special

iRally’s “The Rally Show” has done an episode on Prodrive and the MINI WRC.  The lengthy video starts with an in-depth interview with Prodrive MINI WRC driver Dani Sordo.  Team Principal Dave Wilcock then answers questions about his role at Prodrive, how they selected the rallies to compete in, and the build-up of a MINI WRC car.  Next is a talk with Chairman and chief executive David Richards who discusses how TV and the Internet have affected the WRC.

Watch The Rally Show: Prodrive Special.


MINI WRC lineup for Rally Sweden

With the shake-up of MINI and Prodrive, there has been a realignment of MINI teams in the World Rally Championship.  Dani Sordo now drives the MINI John Cooper Works WRC No. 37 for Prodrive’s private team.  For Sweden he is joined by Patrik Sandell in the No. 52 MINI.  MINI has formed a new team for manufacturer points called WRC Team MINI Portugal.  Its two drivers are back from Rallye Monte-Carlo: Armindo Araújo in the No. 12 MINI and Paulo Nobre in No. 14.  A fifth MINI driver is Richard Göransson from Sweden who will pilot the No. 19 MINI WRC.

Today is the start of Rally Sweden with a single stage.  Richard Göransson will get things started in the first heat.  The rally’s longest day is Friday with nine stages, then Saturday with eight, and finally concludes on Sunday with six stages.

Follow updates on the MINI Motorsport website and Twitter feed or on the World Rally Championship website.  Listen to World Rally Radio.

WRC Team MINI Portugal No. 12

12 – WRC Team MINI Portugal

Armindo ARAÚJO (P)
Miguel RAMALHO (P)

Armindo Araújo WRC page, website, Facebook page.

WRC Team MINI Portugal No. 14

14 – WRC Team MINI Portugal

Paulo NOBRE (BR)
Edu PAULA (BR)

Paulo Nobre WRC page and website.

Team Richard Göransson No. 19

19 – Team Richard Göransson

Richard GÖRANSSON (S)
Anders FREDRIKSSON (S)

Richard Göransson website.

WRC Team Dani Sordo

37 – WRC Team Dani Sordo

Dani SORDO (E)
Carlos DEL BARRIO (E)

Dani Sordo WRC page, website, and Facebook page.

Sweden World Rally Team MINI WRC

52 – Sweden World Rally Team

Patrik SANDELL (S)
Staffan PARMANDER (S)

Sweden World Rally Team website.

Patrik Sandell website.


2012 Rallye Monte-Carlo: wrap-up

Rallye Monte-Carlo 2012 MINI No. 12

The first rally of the 2012 WRC season has concluded with MINI WRC cars taking positions 2, 7, 10, and 20.  See our posted results from Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, and Day 5.

The final positions for the four MINIs:

Pos  Driver             Team/Car       Time/Gap
 2.  Dani Sordo         MINI           + 2:45.5
 7.  Pierre Campana     MINI           + 8:31.4
10.  Armindo Araujo     Araujo MINI   + 16:16.6
20.  Paulo Nobre        Palmeirinha   + 38:59.7

Drivers’ Championship Standings after Rallye Monte-Carlo

Pos Driver Total
1. Sebastien Loeb 28
2. Dani Sordo 18
3. Petter Solberg 15
4. Mikko Hirvonen 14
5. Evgeny Novikov 11
6. Francois Delecour 8
7. Pierre Campana 6
8. Ott Tanak 4
9. Armindo Araujo 2
10. Martin Prokop 1

Manufacturers’ Championship Standings after Rallye Monte-Carlo

Pos Team Total
1. Citroen Total World Rally Team 37
2. MINI WRC Team 26
3. M-Sport Ford World Rally Team 16
4. Ford World Rally Team 15
5. Armindo Araujo World Rally Team 4
6. Palmeirinha Rally 2

Articles

World Rally Championship Results: Rally Monte-Carlo Day Results

MINI Motorsport: “We Scored an Impressive Result”

MINI Motorsport: Strong Season Start for the MINI WRC Team

Dani Sordo website: Excelente inicio de temporada para Dani Sordo [Translation to English]

Pierre Campana website: Pierre Campana Impresses MINI WRC Team with Monte Carlo Performance

Armindo Araujo Facebook Page: Wall

Paulo Nobre Palmeirinha Rally website: WRC: Palmeirinha termina Rally de Monte Carlo e pontua como equipe [Translated to English]

AUTOSPORT.com: Sebastien Loeb claims sixth Monte Carlo Rally victory

Motorsport.com: Mini Claims Second Step On Podium In Monte Carlo

Photos

MINI Motorsport: Facebook gallery – Rally Monte Carlo 2012

Fãs Armindo Araujo: Facebook gallery.

Rallye Monte-Carlo website: Highlights Galleries

Rallye Monte-Carlo MINI No. 14


Rallye Monte-Carlo: Day 5

Rally Monte-Carlo MINI No. 37 Day 5

Dani Sordo came close to adding his name to the list of greats who won the Rallye Monte-Carlo but came up short this year.  Sordo put his MINI John Cooper Works WRC into second place early in the rally and held that position at the end of each day.  Sebastien Loeb won the race for Citroën by a convincing margin.

The final standings after 18 stages and 5 days:

Pos  Driver             Team/Car       Time/Gap
 1.  Sebastien Loeb     Citroen       4:32:39.9
 2.  Dani Sordo         Mini           + 2:45.5
 3.  Petter Solberg     Ford           + 3:14.2
 4.  Mikko Hirvonen     Citroen        + 4:06.8
 5.  Evgeny Novikov     M-Sport Ford   + 6:03.4
 6.  Francois Delecour  M-Sport Ford   + 7:47.9
 7.  Pierre Campana     Mini           + 8:31.4
 8.  Ott Tanak          M-Sport Ford  + 10:34.7
 9.  Martin Prokop      Czech Ford    + 16:10.7
10.  Armindo Araujo     Araujo Mini   + 16:16.6
...
20.  Paulo Nobre        Palmeirinha   + 38:59.7

[Results source: AUTOSPORT.com]

Rally Monte-Carlo MINI No. 52 Day 5


Rallye Monte-Carlo: Day 4

Rallye Monte-Carlo MINI No. 12 Day 4

The standings remained similar to the beginning of the day, although Petter Solberg pulled closer to Dani Sordo, who is still holding second place behind Sebastien Loeb.  Pierre Campana stayed in seventh and Armindo Araujo remained in the top ten.  One short stage remains for Sunday.

Here are the results after 17 stages and Day 4:

Pos  Driver             Team/Car       Time/Gap
 1.  Sebastien Loeb     Citroen       4:29:12.1
 2.  Dani Sordo         Mini           + 2:41.6
 3.  Petter Solberg     Ford           + 3:00.7
 4.  Mikko Hirvonen     Citroen        + 4:05.6
 5.  Evgeny Novikov     M-Sport Ford   + 6:00.8
 6.  Francois Delecour  M-Sport Ford   + 6:55.7
 7.  Pierre Campana     Mini           + 8:21.3
 8.  Ott Tanak          M-Sport Ford  + 10:27.2
 9.  Martin Prokop      Czech Ford    + 16:06.3
10.  Armindo Araujo     Araujo Mini   + 16:09.2

[Results source: AUTOSPORT.com]


Rallye Monte-Carlo: Day 3

Rally Monte-Carlo MINI No. 52 Day 3

Day 3 saw few changes in Monte Carlo.  Most of the top drivers held their positions.  Dani Sordo put a little distance on Petter Solberg for a better hold on second place.  Pierre Campana is still in seventh.  Private MINI driver Armindo Araujo moved into the top ten.

Here are the results after 13 stages and Day 3:

Pos  Driver             Team/Car       Time/Gap
 1.  Sebastien Loeb     Citroen       3:31:25.2
 2.  Dani Sordo         Mini           + 2:12.4
 3.  Petter Solberg     Ford           + 3:22.2
 4.  Mikko Hirvonen     Citroen        + 3:43.0
 5.  Evgeny Novikov     M-Sport Ford   + 4:28.2
 6.  Francois Delecour  M-Sport Ford   + 6:39.1
 7.  Pierre Campana     Mini           + 7:45.1
 8.  Ott Tanak          M-Sport Ford   + 8:44.8
 9.  P-G Andersson      Proton        + 13:20.8
10.  Armindo Araujo     Araujo Mini   + 14:40.7

[Results source: AUTOSPORT.com]


Rallye Monte-Carlo: Day 2

Rallye Monte-Carlo MINI No. 37 Day 2

While Sebastien Loeb increased his overall lead, second place was fiercely contested on Day 2 by MINI’s Dani Sordo and Petter Solberg in his Ford Fiesta RS WRC.  Sordo began the day in second place but lost it to Solberg on the first stage of the day.  But by day’s end, Sordo had pushed his way back into second place.

Pierre Campana in the MINI JCW WRC No. 52 moved up one spot into seventh place.  Private team drivers Armindo Araujo is eleventh and Paulo Nobre is 24th.

Follow the updates at MINI Motorsport’s Twitter feed or listen on World Rally Radio.

Here are the results after ten stages and Day 2:

Pos  Driver             Team/Car       Time/Gap
 1.  Sebastien Loeb     Citroen       2:45:56.9
 2.  Dani Sordo         Mini           + 1:37.2
 3.  Petter Solberg     Ford           + 1:40.9
 4.  Mikko Hirvonen     Citroen        + 3:40.4
 5.  Evgeny Novikov     M-Sport Ford   + 3:51.5
 6.  Francois Delecour  M-Sport Ford   + 5:19.9
 7.  Pierre Campana     Mini           + 6:49.6
 8.  Ott Tanak          M-Sport Ford   + 7:00.6
 9.  P-G Andersson      Proton        + 10:08.9
10.  Kevin Abbring      VW Skoda      + 10:31.4

[Results source: AUTOSPORT.com]


Rallye Monte-Carlo: Day 1

Rallye Monte-Carlo MINI No. 37 Day 1

Dani Sordo in the No. 37 MINI John Cooper Works WRC is in second place after the first day of MINI’s return to Monte Carlo.  Sordo’s MINI did sustain some suspension and body damage but managed to stay near the top.  Pierre Campana is in striking distance in the No. 52 MINI back in eighth place.

Private MINI team driver Armindo Araujo is currently in 14th about 8:38 behind the leader.  Paulo Nobre is 16:00 behind in 27th place.

Here are the results after the four stages on Day 1:

Pos  Driver             Team/Car       Time/Gap
 1.  Sebastien Loeb     Citroen       1:30:30.1
 2.  Dani Sordo         MINI           + 1:04.2
 3.  Petter Solberg     Ford           + 1:05.2
 4.  Sebastien Ogier    VW Skoda       + 2:21.1
 5.  Evgeny Novikov     M-Sport Ford   + 2:26.5
 6.  Mikko Hirvonen     Citroen        + 2:30.0
 7.  Francois Delecour  M-Sport Ford   + 2:49.9
 8.  Pierre Campana     MINI           + 4:09.7
 9.  Ott Tanak          M-Sport Ford   + 4:14.0
10.  P-G Andersson      Proton         + 4:33.8

[Results source: AUTOSPORT.com]


WRC 2012 season begins with the Rallye Monte-Carlo

MINI WRC No. 37

Today begins the 2012 World Rally Championship season with the start of the famous Rallye Monte-Carlo.

The MINI WRC Team is back for a full season this year.  Dani Sordo will again pilot the MINI John Cooper Works WRC No. 37 and hope to live up to that historical car number.  Kris Meeke will be back in a select number of rallies, but former private-team MINI driver Pierre Campana will drive Meeke’s No. 52 MINI in Monte Carlo.  Campana will have a female navigator, Sabrina de Castelli.

Some private teams return, as well.  The Armindo Araujo World Rally Team from Portugal will race the full season as well as Paulo Nobre from Brazil.

Vehicles competing against the MINI John Cooper Works WRC are the Citroën DS3 WRC and Ford Fiesta RS WRC.

WRC 2012 Schedule

Rallye Monte-Carlo Rallye Monte-Carlo 17 – 22 Jan 12
Rally Sweden Rally Sweden 09 – 12 Feb 12
Rally Mexico Rally Mexico 08 – 11 Mar 12
Rally Portugal Rally Portugal 29 Mar – 01 Apr 12
Rally Argentina Rally Argentina 27 – 29 Apr 12
Acropolis Rally Acropolis Rally 25 – 27 May 12
Rally of New Zealand Rally of New Zealand 22 – 24 Jun 12
Rally Finland Rally Finland 02 – 05 Aug 12
Rallye Deutschland Rallye Deutschland 24 – 26 Aug 12
Rally of Great Britain Rally of Great Britain 13 – 16 Sep 12
Rallye de France - Alsace Rallye de France – Alsace 04 – 07 Oct 12
Rally d'Italia Rally d’Italia 18 – 21 Oct 12
Rally de España Rally de España 08 – 11 Nov 12

Links

Follow updates on the MINI Motorsport website and Twitter feed.

View the WRC MINI World Rally Team page.  See Dani Sordo’s website and Facebook page and Pierre Campana’s website.

See Armindo Araujo’s website and Facebook page.

See Paulo Nombre’s Palmeirinha Rally website.

World Rally Championship website.


sixth place finish for MINI at Rally d’Italia Sardegna

MINI WRC No. 37 (Dani Sordo)

Dani Sordo took sixth place at Rally d’Italia Sardegna, the highest finisher of the five MINIs.  The winner was Sébastien Loeb.  After Sordo in sixth place, the other MINI teams finished 12th, 19th, and 29th.  Chris Meeke did not finish.

Position Car No. Driver Time Difference
1. 1 S Loeb 0.0
2. 3 M. Hirvonen 11.2
3. 11 P. Solberg 23.8
4. 2 S. Ogier 1:31.5
5 6 M. Østberg 2:42.6
6 37 D. Sordo 3:27.6
     
12. 17 A. Araujo 13:09.7
19. 51 P. Flodin 35:17.7
29. 12 D. Oliveira 1:13:23.1

See the Rally d’Italia Sardegna Final Results (when available).

Read the MINI report at MINI Motorsport.