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