MINI’s debut in the World Rally Championship with two private teams came to a somewhat disappointing end. The two teams running the MINI John Cooper Works S2000, Brazil World Rally Team and Motorsport Italia/BAMP, were forced to retire before the end of Rally de Portugal. Both suffered mechanical failures.
According to the Brazil World Rally Team website:
Unfortunately, after four days of competition and more than 385.37 kilometres of tough stages, Oliveira’s MINI stopped within the last stage of race with a broken suspension, 13 kilometres from the finishing line. Daniel couldn’t fulfil his aim of finishing his first event in the WRC. However, the general outcome was highly positive for him and the team.
Armindo Araujo and Motorsport Italia/BAMP were in 7th after the first day, but suffered a tire puncture on SS11 on day 2. They retired during SS12 with engine problems according to Rally Buzz.