The British based automaker MINI has recently announced its intention to exit the World Rally Championship because of a “very difficult commercial environment”.

After it raced just one and a half seasons in the World Rally Championship, MINI has announced its plans to exit the competition after saying that it is a “very difficult commercial environment. MINI only managed to secure the podium three times in its WRC career and the best race was back in January in the Monte Carlo Rally, when Dani Sordo came second.

“MINI will abandon its works involvement in the WRC at the end of the 2012 season. By the end of the season WRC Team MINI Portugal will have competed in every rally in 2012”, said the MINI Business Coordination and Brand Management senior vice president, Kay Segler.

MINI says that despite leaving the World Rally Championship, the John Cooper Works Countryman will have met the FIA requirements for homologation and it will be able to run in WRC by those who are still interested to continue.

“As such, in accordance with FIA regulations, we will have achieved the WRC homologation for the MINI John Cooper Works”, added Kay Segler.


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