Monthly Archives: May 2011

RSR Motorsports on the podium at Lime Rock

RSR Motorsports MINI No. 198

RSR Motorsports again entered four MINIs in the race last weekend.  They competed in the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Memorial Day Classic at Lime Rock and reached the podium in 2nd place with the MINI No. 195 driven by Matt Plumb and Dicky Riegel.

RSR Motorsports nearly had a 1-2 finish as the No. 198 MINI was leading with about 12 laps to go when it was stuck and spun by the No. 26 Mazda Miata.

See the official results on the GRAND-AM website.

collectible: Extended Motorer Protection air freshener

Extended Motorer Protection air freshener Extended Motorer Protection air freshener



The latest addition to the collection is this pine-scented MINI air freshener to promote the MINI Extended Motorer Protection program.  The very strong scented air freshener measures 2.75″ wide by 4″ high and attaches with a black elastic string.

RSR Motorsports takes 6th and 7th at VIR

RSR Motorsports MINIs

RSR Motorsports put two cars in the top ten today taking 6th and 7th place at the Bosch Engineering 200 at Virginia International Raceway.  This was the fifth race of the 2011 GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge season. The team fielded four MINIs for the first time.

Ron Farmer and Jason Hart took 6th place in the No. 196 MINI followed closely by Sarah Cattaneo and Owen Trinkler in the No. 198 MINI.

Team owner Randy Smalley was back behind the wheel after his illness with the new No. 197 MINI. He completed only 15 laps before leaving the race. The fourth RSR Motorsports entry was the No. 195 MINI driven by VJ Mirzayan and Dicky Riegel which finished on the lead lap in 19th place.

See the official results on the GRAND-AM website.

worldwide MINI sales for April 2011

From BMW Group PressClub USA:

The MINI brand also had a very successful month. Sales climbed to 23,839 vehicles (prev. yr. 17,719) – an increase of 34.5% over the same period last year. In China (1,400/ +89.2%), South Korea (300/ +130.8%) and Russia (165/ +283.7%) sales growth was in the three-digit percentage range. The number of MINI models through April this year rose to 84,698 (prev. yr. 67,251/ +25.9%) vehicles.

April 2011 April 2010 change year-to-date 2011 year-to-date 2010 change
23,839 17,719 34.5% 84,698 67,251 25.9%

See all MINI sales worldwide by month.

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.

official MINI WRC Team ready for debut


The official MINI WRC Team and drivers Kris Meeke and Dani Sordo are ready for their debut rally beginning today.  The fourth rally on the 2011 WRC schedule is the Rally d’Italia Sardegna and runs from May 5-8, 2011.

To get ready, read two articles from the MINI Motorsport website: Ready to Go and “Sardinia is a Tricky Rally”.

Follow the rally on the official WRC Rally d’Italia Sardegna webpage and the 2011 Rally d’Italia Sardegna website.

MINI USA sales for April 2011

MINI USA sales for April 2011

MINI USA posts its best monthly sales figure ever.

From BMW Group PressClub USA:

MINI USA reported sales of 6,446 automobiles making it the best sales month ever in the U.S.  April 2011 sales are an increase of 67.7% over the 3,843 sold in April, 2010.

“The refreshed and expanded MINI model lineup has been driving demand since the first of the year and now rising gas prices mean even more people are open to small,” said Jim McDowell, Vice President – MINI USA.  “The U.S. is MINI’s largest market and the addition of the new Countryman offering four doors and All Wheel Drive is a real game-changer, further increasing our appeal.”

Year-to-date, MINI sales in the U.S. are up 49.4% on volume of 18,787 compared to 12,571 in the first four months of 2010.

April 2011 April 2010 change year-to-date 2011 year-to-date 2010 change
6,446 3,843 67.7% 18,787 12,571 49.4%

See MINI sales in the USA by month.