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Old 02-09-2012, 07:14 AM   #45
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Prodrive are still running their own privateer effort with Danny Sordo driving but whether that'll continue is anyones guess (it'll depend whether Prodrive can pick up commercial sponsorship to cover the financial shortfall left by Mini pulling the plug). Sordo is contracted to Prodrive not Mini and the "new" Mini works effort will be Mini Portugal run by Motorsport Italia with Armindo Araujo and Paulo Nobre. Prodrive are still contracted to develop the Mini and presumably will have to pass on any developments to Motorsport Italia for them to use with their "slower" driver lineup while Prodrive as a customer team will have the services of the main drivers Sordo and Meeke to call upon! Madness!
As Prodrive developed the Mini WRC car they have the rights to certain aspects of the car so Mini would have to start again pretty much from the ground up if they wanted another company to develop the Mini.
The whole mess was caused by Mini/BMW transferring funds from the WRC (Prodrive) effort to BMWs DTM project leaving Prodrive with a huge financial shortfall.
When you combine this with the farce surrounding the FIA/Eurosport broadcasting deal it does make you wonder about the future of WRC in it's present form. I wouldn't be surprised if VW scale down or shelve the Polo WRC project as well with the current turmoil and financial situation.
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