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||17 - 22 Jan 12
||09 - 12 Feb 12
||08 - 11 Mar 12
||29 Mar - 01 Apr 12
||27 - 29 Apr 12
||25 - 27 May 12
||Rally of New Zealand
||22 - 24 Jun 12
|| 02 - 04 Aug 12
||24 - 26 Aug 12
||Rally of Great Britain
||13 - 16 Sep 12
||Rallye de France - Alsace
||04 - 07 Oct 12
||18 - 21 Oct 12
||Rally de España
||08 - 11 Nov 12
PRESS RELEASE: 11th November 2012
A Season Closer
'Bruno again! After a long weekend we're at
the end of Rally de España, the last round of the 2012
World Rally Championship. Another rally done and another good
result for WRC Team MINI Portugal. Both our MINI John Cooper
Works Countrymen finished safely and with Chris came home
a strong seventh, picking up six more WRC points.
'Rally de España was a tough and unpredictable
event. The first day on gravel was especially difficult. The
unexpected bad weather made the stages extremely challenging
and a lot of drivers had problems along the way. Unfortunately
both Chris and Paulo succumbed to the tricky conditions and
were forced to retire for the day on SS4 and SS5 respectively.
'Luckily both MINIs only had limited damage
and Chris and Paulo were able to rejoin on Saturday with no
problems. On the second day of competition the rally moved
onto Tarmac. The asphalt stages here in Spain are fantastic
and drivers really enjoy them. Chris took some time during
the morning stages to get back on track after retiring the
day before. He said it was difficult to take the same risks
after making a mistake and doing Rally 2. However, on the
afternoon loop he managed to find a good rhythm and his times
really picked up.
'After finishing day two in 11th place, Chris'
aim for today was to try and catch the car in front of him
and reach a points scoring position. A consistent drive and
the retirements of drivers in front of him made that possible
and he was able to climb a couple of positions to finish seventh.
'It's been a pleasure to work with Chris this
year. Since he has joined the team for ADAC Rallye Deutschland
we've worked well together. I really hope we can continue
to work together in future.
'Paulo successfully finished another WRC event
and got a bit more experience on Tarmac which he hasn't had
too many kilometres on. The water temperature of Porquinho
Verde started to rise at the end of SS8 yesterday and he got
a power steering problem in the afternoon, but he drove an
otherwise trouble free rally. I'm delighted he could proudly
wave his Palmeiras flag on the podium once again.
'It's been great working with Paulo again this
year. He's a fantastic guy and everyone in the team loves
him. He was quite emotional at the last service as he has
a busy year ahead of him. He's running for the presidency
of Palmeiras football club. I wish him the best of luck, but
also hope to see him back in the WRC soon.
'It was a special weekend for everyone at Motorsport
Italia, because our sister team Ralliart Italia clinched their
third Production car World Rally Championship title. Benny
Guerra and Borja Rozada did a great job all season and their
reward was well deserved.
'It's been a great year. I'm happy with what
we've achieved this season. I want to thank all the team members
for their work, passion and dedication. It was a long season,
but we always worked as a team and everyone gave 100% at all
'Thank you very much for following us during
the season, we hope you enjoyed the ride with the team! :-)
'This isn't good bye, it's 'until we meet again'!
I'll keep you posted.
Final Overall Classification – Rally de
1.S.Loeb (FRA)/D. Elena (MCO) Citroen 4:14:29.1
2.J.M. Latvala (FIN)/ M. Anttila (FIN) Ford +7.0
3.M. Hirvonen (FIN)/ J. Lehtinen (FIN) Citroen +1.46.8
4.M. Ostberg (NOR)/ J. Andersson (SWE) Ford +1:56.4
5.J. Nikara (FIN)/ J. Kalliolepo (FIN) MINI +16:07.9
6.C. Breen (IRL)/ P. Nagle (IRL) Ford +18:10.4
7.C. Atkinson (AUS)/ G. MacNeall (AUS) MINI +19:14.7
8.P.G Andersson (SWE)/ E. Axelsson (SWE) +20:16.1
9.D. Sordo (ESP)/ C. Del Barrio (ESP) MINI +25:40.6
10.E. Novikov (RUS)/ I. Minor (AUT) Ford +25:46.6
30.P. Nobre (BRA)/ E. Paula (BRA) MINI +50:27.6
52.A.Nicolas (ARG)/ M. Recalt (ARG) Subaru +2:10:29.2
PRESS RELEASE: 12th October 2012
MINI ceases works involvement in the
Munich. MINI will terminate its works involvement
in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) at the end of the
2012 season. The company has made this decision after careful
Dr. Kay Segler, Senior Vice President MINI Business
Coordination and Brand Management: “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. As such, in accordance with
FIA regulations, we will have achieved the WRC homologation
for the MINI John Cooper Works. In doing so, we would have
achieved the prerequisites to allow those interested to continue
to run the car in the WRC on a customer rallying basis. BMW
Motorsport will continue to further develop the 1.6-litre
turbo engine in conjunction with Prodrive. In a very difficult
commercial environment, MINI has played an active role in
ensuring that friends of the MINI brand can continue to participate
in motorsport. As such, the MINI family is retaining its presence
on various international platforms and getting even closer
to its customers. We would like to see the MINI John Cooper
Works WRC continue to run competitively in WRC and other championships.
We would like to thank Prodrive, WRC Team MINI Portugal and
our partners for the good cooperation, and wish all drivers,
teams and customers a successful future in rallying.”
MINI Motorsport has secured the future of its
customer teams, while Prodrive will still be able to run,
optimise and sell vehicles in the future. BMW Motorsport will
continue to develop the 1.6-litre turbo engine and provide
Prodrive with parts.
From its rallying debut early in 2011, the MINI
John Cooper Works WRC turned out to be a successful model:
MINI drivers collected three podiums and many top-ten finishes
at the wheel of this car. Arguably the biggest success was
achieved by Dani Sordo (ES) in January 2012, when he finished
second at the comeback of MINI at the legendary Monte Carlo
Rally. With three wins in the Principality – back in
1964, 1965 and 1967 – the Mini laid the foundation for
the unique reputation of the brand in rallying.
PRESS RELEASE: 7 October 2012
Bonjour tout le monde,
'It's Céline here and we've reached the
end of Rallye de France. Wow, it was a long week - long days
and unpredictable weather conditions, but a very positive
event for WRC Team MINI Portugal with Atko finishing in 8th
place overall and picking up four WRC points.
'The atmosphere is great in our service area
when after such a long and difficult event you bring home
a good result. It's certainly a reward to all the team for
the hard work they do. It's good for morale and it helps to
boost confidence for the upcoming rallies.
'This was Atko's first time at the Alsace-based
Rallye de France as he had only taken part in the event back
when it was based in Corsica where the roads are a lot twistier
with higher grip and warm surfaces. Also, in Corsica crews
had to contend with a lot of lateral g, while pace notes used
to be very technical. Despite his lack of experience here
he did a great job driving consistently all weekend and not
making any mistakes. Atko hasn't actually made one mistake
in any of the three rallies he's done with WRC Team MINI Portugal.
Friday was a tough day, and the unpredictable weather conditions
made the job more difficult. However, after working with the
team on a new solution for Saturday his times improved a lot
and consistently, his feeling with the MINI getting better
and better. Today it was just a matter of getting through
the stages without making mistakes in order to score another
Top 10 finish.
'This was also a special weekend for Atko as
after a few years he was back in the car with his old co-driver
and fellow Australian Glenn MacNeall. They used to drive together
in the WRC until 2007 so they know each other very well and
I bet the atmosphere in the car is great - Glenn (or GMac
as we call him) is great fun! Prévot will be back for
Rally Italia Sardegna but - due to previous commitments -
he can't make it to Rally de España and Glenn will
join the team again for the last round of the season.
'Rallye de France was right up to the last moment
a very positive event for Paulo too. He drove most of the
stages with no major problems. Apart from a small issue with
the gearshift yesterday - easily fixed by the boys during
last service - he had an otherwise trouble free weekend during
which he learnt a lot about driving on Tarmac and he's becoming
more and more comfortable on asphalt based events. Unfortunately
he hit a tree on SS21 - the penultimate stage of the rally
- and was forced to retire. But that's rallying and these
'As far as my job is concerned, today is probably
the hardest day. We have to pack everything to be ready to
travel back home tomorrow morning to prepare for Rally Italia
Sardegna in less than two weeks. Packing is a very long and
exhausting job, luckily the boys always give us a hand even
though they have their hands pretty full as well!
'Managing a team's hospitality means long hours,
a lot of planning and budgeting but also loads of flexibility.
For example, when a driver retires for us it means longer
hours but we're part of a team and that's how things work
- we're all in this together after all! :-)
'I've also learnt a lot during this season about
how a team works logistically and operationally. I think it's
always good to learn things that go beyond your area of expertise,
you never know but you could end up needing them in the future.
'I have to admit that - at the beginning - being
the voice of the team for Rallye de France felt a bit awkward
as I'm more used to being behind-the-scenes but as soon as
I got into it I really started to enjoy myself and it was
also flattering as many people told me they've found my columns
interesting and learnt about a different aspect of the WRC.
'After all the rally world isn't only about
the drivers, the speed and the cars (although those aspects
are pretty awesome! ;-)) - there's a lot more behind it that
people don't often see. It was truly an honour invite you
into my part of the WRC world and I hope you've enjoyed it
as much as I have.
'We head to Rally Italia Sardegna now, the penultimate
round of the Championship and a new challenge for WRC Team
MINI Portugal. Being Motorsport Italia's home event I really
hope it will bring us another positive result! :-)
'And finally...from all the team a big congratulations
to my countryman Séb Loeb and his co-driver Daniel
Elena. Super bien fait!!
'Merci pour tout et a bientôt,'
Final Overall Classification – Rallye
1.S.Loeb (FRA)/D. Elena (MCO) Citroen 3:32:53.0
2.J.M. Latvala (FIN)/ M. Anttila (FIN) Ford +15.5
3.M. Hirvonen (FIN)/ J. Lehtinen (FIN) Citroen +44.1
4.T. Neuville (BEL)/ N. Gilsoul (BEL) Citroen +1:07.3
5.M. Ostberg (NOR)/ J. Andersson (SWE) Ford +1:16.4
6.O. Tanak (EST)/ K. Sikk (EST) Ford +2:27.9
7.E. Novikov (RUS)/ I. Minor (AUT) Ford +5:51.6
8.C. Atkinson (AUS)/ G. MacNeall (AUS) MINI +6:42.4
9.M. Prokop (CZE)/ Z. Hruza (CZE) Ford +8:46.8
10.S. Chardonnet (FRA)/ T. De La Haye (FRA) Citroen +8:59.7
2012 FIA Drivers' Championship Standings
S. Loeb 244/ M. Hirvonen 173/ J.M. Latvala 131/M.
Ostberg 125/ P. Solberg 119/ E. Novikov 69/ T.Neuville 52/
M. Prokop 42/ O.Tanak 37/ D. Sordo 31/ S. Ogier 31/ N. Al-Attyiah
28/ C. Atkinson 14/ A.Araujo 11/ F. Delecour 8/ D. Kuipers
8...S. Chardonnet 1
PRESS RELEASE: 16 September 2012
A Solid Finish
'Atko calling at the end of Wales Rally GB.
'Today's itinerary featured three stages repeated
twice totalling 83.10km of stages that I know from the past
and I was really hoping to set some good times. We made some
set-up changes to the engine map last night, which seemed
to be heading in the right direction as this morning we had
good grip and the feeling with the MINI was great. Unfortunately
a sensor in my MINI's gearbox (which meant that the monitor
showed sixth gear whichever gear I was in!) cost us some time
on the morning loop.
'The problem was fixed by the mechanics at midday
service but of course it made our morning a bit more difficult
than we had hoped for. We set off this afternoon ready to
clock some good times on the second loop. We were promoted
into the Top 10 and the points scoring positions when Ott
retired on SS17 – the first stage of the second pass.
However, it just wasn't our day!
'Towards the end of the last stage with two
splits to go we broke our left-rear toe control link, the
function of which on the car is to align the wheel. We held
Ogier off, but in one stage we dropped one minute and 30 seconds
to Nasser and fell back down to 11th. Fortunately, I was able
temporarily to jury rig the spare wheel so that we could get
the car back to service.
'Overall I'm happy and positive that we're in
a good place for the forthcoming gravel events. I'm satisfied
with what Stéphane, myself, the team and our MINI achieved
together here in Wales. We finished the rally in 11th overall
and our pace was nice and consistent, always close to the
targets we set coming into the event. We were hoping to be
one kilometre per second off the pace and we've been there
or thereabouts most of the time. And we're especially pleased
that between here and Germany, we've contested 32 stages and
completed all 32 successfully!
'Unfortunately my team mate Paulo was forced
to retire after midday service today due to vibration causing
an alternator cable to fail. I'm gutted for him, he was doing
a good job and having loads of fun – it's incredible
how he never gives up and how much he enjoys what he does.
'It was a big weekend for my co-driver Stéphane
as well as he was awarded with the Michael Park 'Beef' Trophy
to honor his career in the WRC. We started to work together
in 2007 and even when we stopped competing in the World Rally
Championship we continued to work together in the FIA Asia
Pacific Rally Championship. He's been doing other things in
the meantime as well but we clicked from the start and have
always worked really well together. From my side I can say
he's an amazing co–driver - he's very professional,
focused and the feeling in the car is always great. For me,
that's exactly what I need from a co-driver and our relationship
both in and out of the car is fantastic.
'I want to add a special thank you to my mechanics.
They’ve worked tirelessly all weekend! I'm really happy
with their work, they are all very professional and always
put their best effort in making sure the MINI is in top form.
We have Italian, Portuguese, Brazilian and Irish mechanics
in the team but they all work together in a fantastic way!
'I'm now staying in Europe for a while so I
don't have to fly back and forward to and from Australia,
which means... no jetlag. Bonus! An even bigger bonus is that
my family is going to join me and I'll get to spend some time
with them before I head to Strasbourg for Rallye de France,
which’ll be my third event with WRC Team MINI Portugal
and after Germany we’re keen for a good follow up result
'I've never competed in Rallye de France since
it was moved from Corsica to Alsace, but in 2010 I was (half
of) Ken Block's gravel crew so I know more or less what to
expect from the stages.
'Thanks to everyone for following me and WRC
Team MINI Portugal this weekend, it's great to have support
from all over the world.
Catch you soon,
Final Overall Classification – Wales Rally
1.J.M Latvala (FIN)/ M. Anttila (FIN) Ford 3:03:40.3
2.S. Loeb (FRA)/ D. Elena (MCO) Citroen +27.8
3.P. Solberg (NOR)/ C. Patterson (GBR) Ford +28.7
4.M. Ostberg (NOR)/ J. Andersson (SWE) Ford +1:10.6
5.M. Hirvonen (FIN)/ J. Lehtinen (FIN) Citroen +1:29.5
6.E. Novikov (RUS)/ I. Minor (AUT) Ford +3:37.0
7.T. Neuville (BEL)/ N. Gilsoul (BEL) Citroen +4:11.9
8.M. Wilson (GBR)/ S. Martin (GBR) Ford +6:00.4
9.M. Prokop (CZE)/ Z. Hruza (CZE) Ford +6:58.9
10.N. Al-Attiyah (QAT)/ G. Bernacchini (ITA) +9:32.1
11.C.Atkinson (AUS)/ S. Prévot (BEL) MINI +9:37.0
2012 FIA Drivers' Championship Standings
S. Loeb 219/ M. Hirvonen 158/ P. Solberg 119/ M. Ostberg 114/
J.M. Latvala 113/ E. Novikov 63/ M. Prokop 40/ T.Neuville
38/ D. Sordo 31/ S. Ogier 31/ N. Al-Attyiah 28 O.Tanak 26/
A.Araujo 11/C. Atkinson 10/ F. Delecour 8/ D. Kuipers 8...M.
PRESS RELEASE: 28 August 2012
the MINI here for the last time! - I'm so excited because
we just finished fifth overall at ADAC Rallye Deutschland.
It was three tough days of competition, 15 special stages
a lot of hard work but also loads of fun with Chris, Stéphane
and the team. 368.63km of special stages later and we clocked
the best result achieved by WRC Team MINI Portugal so far
and Chris' highest finish ever in Germany. Not to mention
that we clocked the fifth time overall in today's Power Stage.
'Not to brag (too much) but I was the top MINI
finishing the rally this weekend. I'll try not to mention
it too often to the other MINIs in the workshop back in Italy
but I think I'll probably get away with mentioning it (and
my Top 5 finish) once or twice.
'I'm really proud that I was part of Chris and
Stéphane's success this weekend, they are a great pairing
- well we're more like a trio, really - and I felt a connection
with them from our very first outing together.
'I think that they like me too, today I heard
Chris saying that I was fantastic this weekend. I think we
make a perfect match and I already can't wait to compete again.
Although, I'll have to wait about a month as my next event
will be Rallye de France. I'm having a rest and keeping my
Tarmac set-up whilst one of the boys will head out to Wales
Rally GB with Chris ready for the rougher gravel. I said that
they can copy my livery and put it on the GB car if they want.
'Today we cruised through the last three stages and made sure
we didn't make any mistakes and kept our position. Of course
we could have been a bit faster, but the conditions today
were especially tricky due to the heavy rain so we decided
to take it easy!
'When Chris came to get me at Parc Fermé
this morning he was quite chilled and said to me: 'Come on
Maxi, let's do it!' He always knows how to cheer me up and
boost my confidence.
'When we got to the finish of the last stage
- Circus Maximus - Chris was all smiles, it felt so good to
see him happy. We scooped a very good result together and
I'm sure there's still a lot more excitement to come. He said
to me: 'There you go, Maxi! Fifth on your first rally and
my best result ever here in Germany. You did an amazing job
all weekend - and in return, I made sure there wasn't a scratch
on you so you'll look pretty for your photos on the finish
'Wow, going over the final ramp was really awesome
and I could sense Chris was very excited too.
'Tomorrow I go back to Italy together with my
friend Porquinho Verde. I'm a bit sad because I already miss
Chris loads, because he's heading halfway round the world
to Australia, but I'll see him in about a month and I'm already
counting down the days.
'This weekend was really special and it was
an honour to be your host - I hope you enjoyed it as much
as I did! Chris asked me to thank you all for the great support
he has been given and to say that he can't wait for Wales
'Bye for now!'
Final Overall Classification – Rally Finland
1.S. Loeb (FRA)/ D. Elena (MCO) Citroen 3:41:52.4
2.J.M Latvala (FIN)/ M. Anttila (FIN) Ford +2:00.1
3.Hirvonen (FIN)/ J. Lehtinen (FIN) Citroen +2:31-4
4.M. Ostberg (NOR)/ J. Andersson (SWE) Ford +3:24.4
5. C.Atkinson (AUS)/ S. Prévot (BEL) MINI +9:10.4
6.S. Ogier (FRA)/ J. Ingrassia (FRA) Skoda +9:50.8
7.A. Mikkelsen (NOW)/ O. Floene (NOR) Skoda +12:22.7
8.N. Al-Attyiah (QAT) - G. Bernacchini (ITA) Citroen +12:50.4
9.O. Tanak (EST)/ K. Sikk (EST) Ford +13:01.3
10.D. Sordo (ESP)/ C. Del Barrio (ESP) MINI +14:17.3
2012 FIA Drivers' Championship Standings ?
S. Loeb 199/ M. Hirvonen 145/ P. Solberg 104/ M. Ostberg 102/
J.M. Latvala 87/ E. Novikov 55 / M. Prokop 38/ T.Neuville
32/ S. Ogier 31/ D. Sordo 30/ O.Tanak 28/ N. Al-Attyiah 27/
A.Araujo 11/C. Atkinson 10/ F. Delecour 8/ D. Kuipers 8...M.
PRESS RELEASE: 22 July 2012
Prodrive eyes success in Germany
The Prodrive WRC Team has started its preparations
for Rally Germany with a two day test at its private proving
ground in Warwickshire.
Dani Sordo and Carlos Del Barrio completed more
than 100 km in the MINI John Cooper Works WRC and were able
to trial the Michelin tarmac tyre for the first time this
year with various combinations of suspension set-up and weight
The team created a tarmac stage to simulate
the roads it will find in the Mosel Valley at the end of August.
The 4km loop used parts of Prodrive's main circuit, adverse
handling circuit as well as perimeter roads.
"It the first time we have used our own
track in this way," said team principal, Dave Wilcock.
"Fortunately the tarmac surface on our track is quite
similar to that we will find in Germany and we have a number
of tight and twisty sections and were able to create some
longer drags and hairpins on the wider section by simply using
tyres and cones. Very different weather over the two days
also meant we could try various tyre combinations and gain
invaluable data ahead of our pre-event test in the Mosel Valley
at the end of the month."
At Rally Deutschland in 2011, Sordo gave MINI
its first podium, finishing third. He then went on to narrowly
miss out on a maiden win at the following event in France.
Wilcock added: "Without doubt we are going
to Germany in the knowledge that it is our best chance to
date of a debut WRC win for the MINI. The car works well in
tarmac set up and Dani showed last year how much he loved
the roads. If we get some good fortune and things go our way,
who knows where we will be come the powerstage."
PRESS RELEASE: 4 June 2012
Brother Rally New Zealand Day Three
Prodrive finishes New Zealand on a high
with two stage wins for Sordo
Dani Sordo #37 6th +3:03.1
Dani Sordo won the two runs through the super
special stage today in his MINI John Cooper Works WRC and
combined this with some more impressive times on the final
day's five other stages to finish Rally New Zealand in sixth
Sordo was one of the few leading drivers who
still had a full set of the Michelin soft compound tyres and
it was expected that the heavy rain in the morning followed
by scattered showers throughout the day would have favoured
cars on this tyre. As it turned out, the hard compound tyre
also worked very well on the northern stages.
"We really thought we could make up considerable
time today on those ahead who had used up all their soft compound
tyres on Friday morning; as it turned out they seemed to have
only marginal advantage at best," said Wilcock. "Still
it has been a good day for Dani and the team. Two stage wins,
two top threes and the remainder in the top six is the kind
of pace we had been looking for throughout the event. However,
it was always going to be difficult to recover from the wrong
tyre choice on Friday and even though the car ran faultlessly
all weekend after the minor gearbox sensor issue on the first
couple of stages, it proved very difficult to make up this
The team's next event is on the sealed surface
of Rally Germany at the end of August, where last year Sordo
brought MINI its first podium. "We are now turning our
attention to developing the pace of the new evolution of MINI
WRC on tarmac and have a series of tests planned to optimise
the performance for the stages of the Mosel Valley. We know
we have lifted the base performance of the car to last year
and it would be great to get an even better result,"
Sordo said: "Today has been good. I had
hoped the soft tyres would have been better in the rain, but
still it was nice to win the two stages, particularly in front
of all the MINI fans. I think we had all hoped this rally
would have been a little better for us, but the car has been
very good and now I am looking forward to having a much better
fight on tarmac in Germany."
The MINI WRC of Armindo Araujo finished the
rally in the points in eighth place while Paulo Nobre was
in 17th position.
The Prodrive WRC Team will next compete at Rally
Germany in August and Rally GB in September and will confirm
its remaining events for 2012 in the coming weeks.
PRESS RELEASE: 18 June 2012
Prodrive looks for podium in New Zealand
The Prodrive WRC Team returns to the World Rally
Championship next week at the Brother Rally New Zealand two
months following its last outing at Rally Portugal. After
proving his pace by taking six fastest stage times in the
newly upgrade MINI John Cooper Works WRC in Portugal the team
believes that Dani Sordo can challenge for the podium on the
gravel stages of New Zealand.
Sordo has not competed in the WRC in the MINI since Portugal
he stood in for the injured Jari Latvala and drove the Ford
Fiesta WRC in Rally Argentina. If it wasn't for an electrical
fault on the final powerstage he would have taken his second
podium of the year. However, just two weeks later he gave
the new MINI its first major international event win by winning
the Tour de Corse in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge.
This time, Sordo was driving the tarmac specification MINI
John Cooper Works S2000.
"We were really impressed by Dani's pace
in Portugal. The upgrades really made a difference to the
car and Dani got into a great rhythm on day two after the
unfortunate electrical problems forced him to stop on the
first leg," said Dave Wilcock, Prodrive WRC Team principal.
"It is mid winter in New Zealand and the smooth fast
and what could very easily be damp conditions should suit
the MINI and Dani's style. He showed what he could do in similar
circumstances in Portugal and proved why he is such a highly
regarded WRC driver by so nearly taking another podium in
his very first outing in a new car in Argentina."
In between events, Sordo has been using his
spare time to keep in peak condition, by competing in the
second Carrera Solidaria Santander, a 160 km mountain bike
race and managing to finish near the head of the field of
250 riders. He also took the opportunity to fly to the UK
to shake down his Rally New Zealand event car and to try some
new developments for rallies later in the year, which will
include Rally GB and Rally Germany among others.
"The MINI had very good pace in Portugal
and I got a really good feeling for new car," said Sordo.
"The car is particularly good in the flowing high speed
sections and I think it will be very well suited to the stages
in New Zealand. However, so much will depend on our road position
and the weather as it could be cold and wet."
It is 40 years since a 1275 GT Mini Clubman
won the 1972 Heatway International Motor rally in New Zealand,
driven by Scotsman Andrew Cowan. The small car headed home
the factory backed Toyota team as well as a group of BMWs,
Ford Escorts and Holden Torana XU1 competitors. As in Monte
Carlo eight years earlier it was the 95 bhp Minis agility
which overcame the more powerful competition.
PRESS RELEASE: 28 May 2012
All Home Safely
Ciao a tutti,
'It's Bruno again and this is my last column
for the Acropolis Rally and for the season in fact, because
as we head to New Zealand our Chief Engineer Tomo will take
over as your guide!
'It was a weekend - or a week rather - of mixed
fortunes I have to say, it feels like we've lived a season's
worth of drama in one event! This is one of those rallies
we'll all remember for how hard it was from the very beginning.
'After a rocky start to the week (in more ways
than one!), this morning we all cleared our minds and started
the day with a positive attitude trying to make the most of
the remaining stages and use the experience for the rest of
the season. Both crews aim for today was to cut a steady path
through the stages to make sure they got their MINIs over
the finish ramp. Despite the time loss due to Rally 2 penalties,
Armindo made his way up on the leaderboard to finish in 11th
place overall. For us as a team, there is a private satisfaction
with this result. After coming to the Acropolis last year
and retiring on Day Two, our main aim was to finish the event
successfully this season and to have not one but two MINIs
at the end is great.
'It was a rough event, there's no better way
to describe it. However we tried to face its challenges as
best as possible always learning something from our mistakes
and misfortunes. For us we face every problem as a team and
find a solution as a team, and more than anything that's been
our strength this weekend.
'Tomorrow we head back to Italy to the Motorsport
Italia headquarters and we'll have a busy couple of weeks
preparing for Rally New Zealand. We'll be working very hard
in the workshop to make sure our cars are spot on for the
next event which we'll once again head to intent on securing
the best result possible.
'That's all from me, despite everything it's
been a fantastic Rally Greece.
'I hope you have enjoyed this MINI adventure
as much as I have and I would like to thank you for the support
the WRC Team MINI Portugal has been receiving here and from
all over the world!
Bruno De Pianto
Final Overall Classification – Acropolis
1.S. Loeb (FRA)/ D. Elena (MCO) Citroen 4:42:03.3
2.Hirvonen (FIN)/ J. Lehtinen (FIN) Citroen +40.0
3.J.M Latvala (FIN)/ M. Anttila (FIN) Ford +3:04.8
4.M. Ostberg (NOR)/ J. Andersson (SWE) Ford +6:16.4
5.M. Prokop (CZE)/ Z. Hruza (CZE) Ford +7:46.5
6.T. Neuville (BEL)/ N. Gilsoul (BEL) Citroen +9:41.4
7.S. Ogier (FRA)/ S. Ingrssia (FRA) Skoda +12:59.9
8.Y. Al Rajhi ( / M. Orr (GBR) Ford +20:12.2
9.O. Tanak (EST)/ K. Sikk (EST) Ford +23:18.9
10.A. Alkuwari (QAT)/ N. Arena (ITA) MINI +28:40.5
11.A. Araújo (PRT)/ M. Ramalho (PRT) MINI +30:28.6
17.P.Nobre (BRA)/ E. Paula (BRA) MINI +59:10.2
32.H. Kaltsounis (GRE)/ A. Peridis (GRE) Opel +2:24:04.5
2012 FIA Drivers' Championship Standings
S. Loeb 119/ M. Hirvonen 89/ M. Ostberg 80/
P. Solberg 73/ J.M. Latvala 45/ E. Novikov 43/ M. Prkop 36/
N. Al-Attyiah 23/ S. Ogier 22/ T.Neuville 22...A. Araújo
7...A. Alkuwari 1
PRESS RELEASE: 30 April 2012
Thank you Argentina and your wonderful
'Hola everybody, it's 'Palmeirinha' again!
at Rally Argentina I drove the longest Special Stage of my
entire rally career, the 65.74km Matadero - Ambul stage. Of
course I've driven longer stages in cross country but in a
rally it was the fist time. The stage was really fast and
I got so tired by the end of it, but - gosh - it was incredibly
beautiful. I really hope it continues to be part of the itinerary
of Rally Argentina in the future because it's a really great
'After that there were two small Special Stages
- Mina Clavero and El Condor - and for me those are the most
iconic stages of Rally Argentina, when I think of Rally Argentina
I think of those stages. They are really twisty and narrow
tests with a lot of rocks, quite tough for my MINI 'Porquinho
Verde'! We completed them really well in the morning and we
arrived in the Service Park at lunchtime really happy and
motivated to finish the rally. This was a great boost of confidence
after all the problems Edu and I had in Sweden, Mexico and
'However, in the afternoon loop the car didn't
survive many many hits. It wasn't one specific hit or one
specific stone that the car couldn't survive but a combination
of many. Then parts started to brake on the MINI and eventually
the suspension broke and finally the wheel came off on SS17.
It was game over, we had to stop!
'Where we stopped there was an Argentine family
who made us coffee and tea and gave us some food. Everybody
else left the Special Stage after it was finished, there were
many many people - it was incredible how many spectators came
to watch the rally - but even after everybody else left the
kind family stayed, they started a fire and gave us more drinks.
They were very very kind. Normally Brazilians think that because
of the the rivalry in soccer, Argentinians will treat them
very badly but wow these people were so kind with us because
we all loved rally!
'Unfortunately our team mates Armindão
and Miguelito retired on the same stage as us, It was a real
shame as they were getting consistently good times but they
suffered constantly on the stages despite their incredible
control of the MINI. They stopped two kilometers after us
with a broken steering arm and while they were waiting for
the recovery vehicle, Armindo fell asleep in his MINI and
the fans took a lot of pictures of him sleeping in the car
and they came to show us and the family. It was quite funny!
'This is the fourth rally in a row I haven't
finished. Of course that's not good for our motivation but
I need to realize that rally isn't easy and that is why it
means so much when you succeed. If you can't handle it you
have to change sport and play chess! Now it's a new page for
a new rally. Rally Argentina wasn't the first bad rally of
my career and it won't be the last. My head is now on the
Acropolis Rally, an event that I know a little bit because
I competed there last year - I'm really hoping for a better
'Now I'm looking forward to go to my house in
Brazil to recharge my battery but I know that in a few days
my rally 'bug' will be reignited and I'll be ready for another
'I really hope you've enjoyed this ride on board
with me and the WRC Team MINI Portugal. We'll be back for
more action from 24 to 27th May at the Acropolis Rally in
Grecce, stay tuned!
'Thank you very much for all your support throughout
Paulo 'Palmeirinha' Nobre
PRESS RELEASE: 2 APRIL 2012
SORDO SHOWS THE PACE OF THE IMPROVED
Pos: 12th 37 D. SORDO, DNF 52 P. SANDELL
Sordo claimed six fastest stage times in Portugal, including
winning the final powerstage, to show just how competitive
the new MINI John Cooper Works WRC is on gravel. Dani’s
car featured more than 100 modifications, including a more
powerful engine and new Ohlins gravel dampers, helping him
to finish in first or second place or more than 50% of the
stages he completed.
Meanwhile Patrik Sandell, competing for only
the second time in the MINI WRC, was running as high as fourth
on day three, before a suspension problem dropped him back
down the field. He returned under Rally 2 for day four and
was again showing strong pace before he went off the road
on stage 21 and retired.
Dave Wilcock, team principal:
“Dani’s drive on the powerstage
was just excellent in those conditions. It has capped a rally
that we generally have to be very pleased with, in spite of
the overall finishing positions, because it has shown the
world that the MINI WRC now has the pace to win on gravel
as well as tarmac. Patrik was doing tremendously well to run
as high as fourth and it was bitterly disappointing for him
to have to retire on day three. Still he continues to mature
and the experience will do him no end of good as he continues
his development as a WRC driver.”
“I am really happy to win the powerstage,
it is a great way to finish the rally. I have had some really
good moments on this rally and I have a lot of confidence
in the car and the performance is fantastic. I can’t
wait until we compete again as I think, with more luck on
our side, we now have a real opportunity to do something very
special with this car.”
“My target for this event was to finish
in the top five and until yesterday afternoon, I was beating
this. I am really disappointed to have not finished the event,
but that is rallying and the conditions here were very tricky.
I have got more and more confident in the car and my pace
has been good all weekend, particularly on Saturday and this
morning. Having seen the speed of Dani in the new car, I cannot
wait to try it for myself.”
PRESS RELEASE: 25 March 2012
Prodrive WRC Team targets debut podium
The Prodrive WRC Team will make its debut at
Rally Portugal next week running two MINI John Cooper Works
WRCs for Dani Sordo #37 and Patrik Sandell #52.
Dani Sordo’s MINI will feature more than
100 modifications compared to the car that competed at Rally
Sweden. The enhancements have all been homologated under FIA
regulations. The major developments are a three percent increase
in power from the engine; a revised front bumper to improve
cooling and the aerodynamic performance; improved Ohlins gravel
dampers; and some significant weight savings primarily thanks
to the use of a lithium ion battery for the first time.
The new MINI John Cooper Works rally car made
its debut at Rally Portugal a year ago in Super Production
specification. 2012 will be the debut of the World Rally Car
on this event, which will see an extended partnership with
Team principal, Dave Wilcock, believes the team
should be targeting a podium finish on this rally. He said:
“The newly homologated parts make a significant improvement
to the car and should we run error free, I would certainly
hope that Dani could be up there fighting for a podium. However,
the competition does have the significant advantage of having
already competed on gravel this year in Mexico, but Dani certainly
knows the Portuguese event well and has achieved podium finishes
here on his last three outings.”
Since Rally Sweden, Dani Sordo has extensively
tested the new car and will get further time in the MINI WRC
in the run up to the event. Sordo said: “I am really
looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of the MINI.
We did our first test in the new car and it felt really really
good. The team at Prodrive have done a great job. The new
car feels like a big step forward and I could immediately
feel the difference. I have been on the podium the last three
times I have been at Portugal and I will be fighting hard
to get MINI’s first podium on a gravel event.”
Patrik Sandell is competing in the MINI WRC
for the second time after his excellent debut at Rally Sweden,
where he finished eighth beaten only by more experienced WRC
drivers. Sandell said: “Eighth place was a great result
for me in Sweden. As the rally went on I got more and more
confident in the car and my speed increased. I would like
to continue in Portugal where I left off in Sweden and keep
improving my pace. I think we can definitely finish in a higher
position than before and I will be aiming for a top five finish.”
Former Chilean Formula One driver, Eliseo Salazar,
who is competing at Rally Argentina in a MINI WRC, is conducting
a two day test in Portugal next week and will then be joining
the team for Rally Portugal.
PRESS RELEASE: 11 March 2012
ARAUJO SEVENTH IN RALLY MEXIC0
Armindo Araujo the Rally Mexico ended almost as it had started.
After the short sprint stage which opened the first long-haul
event of the 2012 WRC season to the joyous cheering of thousands
of fans, Armindo lay in a provisional eighth place. Three
days and over 400 competitive kilometres later he crossed
the line – one place up and seventh overall. On the
face of it, it seems like an uneventful drive through the
highlands of Mexico for the driver from the WRC Team MINI
Portugal. The reality, though, is entirely different.
“The rally was not easy,” said Armindo
after the Power Stage, which brought the third WRC event of
the year to a close on Sunday afternoon Mexican time. However,
he was extremely pleased with his seventh place despite having
earlier indicated that an even better finish was possible.
“It’s just a pity we were running first on the
road, because we know we can go much quicker,” he had
said on Saturday. Instead Armindo was reduced to sweeping
the stages for following drivers, which cost him time.
In addition the challenging stages held on rough
gravel roads at altitudes of over 2000 metres did not make
life easy for contestants. Cars and crews were often pushed
to the limit. Armindo in particular faced trying conditions,
but still managed to hold his own against the best ten drivers
on the event.
Looking forward to his home event.
Seventh place, as the final result turned out
to be for Armindo in Mexico, meant just one thing to him:
mission accomplished, for he had targeted a top ten finish,
having placed tenth on his debut here in 2010. His latest
result means he scored six points in the drivers' championship
to add to the points earned through consistent performances
which enabled him to finish tenth on the Monte Carlo Rally,
and fifteenth in Sweden. In addition, the Rally Mexico provided
a good test ahead of the next WRC round, to be held on gravel
roads in Portugal at the end of March. That means: home rally
“Last year in Portugal marked my first
event in a MINI, und naturally it’s great to see the
fans there. Portugal could very well be the biggest event
of the year for us,” says Armindo. Teammate Paulo Nobre
will also be present in Portugal. The rally further marks
the next planned appearance of Dani Sordo in the MINI John
Cooper Works WRC entered by Prodrive, with Patrick Sandell
of the Swedish World Rally Team making his second appearance
of the season.
Thus MINI fans can look forward to no less than
four MINI WRC cars contesting the Rally Portugal. The fourth
round of the WRC season starts on 29 March.
1. Sébastien Loeb 4:15:32.7
2. Mikko Hirvonen 4:16:15.1
3. Petter Solberg 4:17:44.1
4. Mads Ostberg 4:20:24.2
5. Ott Tanak 4:20:35.3
7. Armindo Araujo 4:28:19.6
PRESS RELEASE: 12 Feb 2012
Patrik Sandell has finished eighth at Rally
Sweden today and the highest placed local driver on his debut
in the MINI John Cooper Works WRC. The Swedish driver finished
the day in the same position he started and extended his lead
over the chasing driver, Prokop.
It has been a very strong debut for the Swede
in his first outing in a World Rally Car with only established
and far more experienced WRC drivers ahead of him. Sandell
was in eighth position after stage one and, except for one
stage, maintained this position throughout the event.
There was disappointment in the team that Dani
Sordo had to retire on Friday while he was running in fifth
place. The loss of the water pump drive belt caused his engine
to overheat resulting in damage that meant he could not return
under rally 2. Having led the rally after the first stage,
Dani was showing a strong pace on the MINI WRC’s snow
debut and the team fully expected him to maintain this fifth
place for the event.
The Prodrive team will now return to Banbury
to prepare for a development test on the MINI WRC later this
month. In March the team will introduce a number of performance
enhancements on the engine, chassis and aerodynamics ready
for the MINI WRC’s next outing on the World Rally Championship.
Dave Wilcock, team principal:
“Patrik has a very mature rallying head
on his shoulders. He has maintained a consistent pace throughout
the rally, managed his Michelin tyres very well and hasn’t
put a mark on the car. He has achieved all his goals and to
be honest, eighth place is a good as he and we could have
hoped for on his debut with so many experienced WRC drivers
ahead of him. I think he has a great future and I fully expect
him to be challenging for podiums. I was also pleased to see
how well everyone in the team got behind Patrik, encouraging
him every step of the way. We are homologating a number of
new parts for the MINI on March 1st and these will all be
on the car the next time we compete.”
“It’s been a fantastic experience
and to finish in eighth on my debut in a World Rally Car with
so many great drivers ahead me is a very good result. The
balance of the MINI WRC has been really good and it is so
easy to drive fast.
Over the weekend my speed has been coming more
and more and I hope next time out in a WRC to be in the top
five and after that to aim for a podium. The way the Prodrive
team has supported me has been fantastic and I have learnt
so much from them. Without their support I don’t think
I would have improved so much during the weekend.”
PRESS RELEASE: 22nd January 2012
17th – 22nd January - 1st of 13
rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship
MINI CLAIMS SECOND STEP ON PODIUM IN MONTE CARLO
22nd January 2012. The MINI WRC Team concluded the fifth and
final day of the Monte Carlo Rally by bringing Dani Sordo
(ES) and Carlos del Barrio (ES) and Pierre Campana (FR) and
Sabrina de Castelli (FR) to the finish on the principality’s
harbourside second and seventh respectively. This was only
the team’s seventh FIA World Rally Championship event,
but it was the third podium for the Spanish crew.
The sun was shining and the roads were dry for the final stage
of the rally - the 5.16 kilometre Power Stage at Ste Agnès
– Col de la Madone – but this didn’t mean
it was an easy stage. It was twisty and narrow and all the
crews knew it could be difficult. Sordo set the fourth fastest
time, while Campana was tenth quickest, despite suffering
a problem with the power steering on his MINI John Cooper
Works WRC. This stage was the 18th of the rally, which included
433.36 kilometres of competitive mileage in its total distance
of 1,780.47 kilometres. The top three went to the Place du
Palais Princier in front of the royal palace for the prize
giving, and there will be a Gala Dinner in the Sporting Club
Dirk Hollweg, Head of MINI Motorsport:
“I am very happy that the brand has returned to this
legendary event and scored a very impressive result with not
just Dani on the podium, but also Pierre really doing a great
job for such a relatively inexperienced driver. It was even
more gratifying for us to see the results of the other members
of the MINI Motorsport family, as the privateers also put
in some impressive results. The fans are always really enthusiastic
here and make a special atmosphere on the entire rally. They
really welcomed us back to our old hunting ground, and we
were proud to give them this result.”
Dave Wilcock, Team Principal:
“This is my first event as Team Principal so to get
a second in Monte Carlo with the MINI WRC Team is absolutely
fantastic. Obviously we are all extremely pleased. We had
all our fingers crossed wanting to get through the Power Stage
with no problems. Dani was fourth quickest through it, which
is fine, even though we were hoping for another drivers’
championship point, but what you want doesn’t always
happen! We are extremely happy with the result as both Dani
and Pierre have done very good jobs for the team. The whole
team has worked so hard for this and it is well deserved.”
Dani Sordo (MINI John Cooper Works WRC No 37):
“We had no problems at all today. Yesterday I was ‘sleeping’
a little bit in the stages so lost a bit of time to Petter,
but I am happy with the result. This is great for both me
and the team. I think the crucial decision was the tyres we
used on day three when we had snow on stage12. Petter (Solberg)
lost time to me there and this was really important, as to
be honest we took it a bit carefully and he was fast. Without
this stage he would have been really close. Being second for
the second time for our new team is really, really good.”
Pierre Campana (MINI John Cooper Works WRC No 52):
“I have really enjoyed this rally. It is a very good
result for me and I have made good progress on every day.
The car really feels nice and I am happy with this performance,
which is my best WRC result. The Power Stage was very narrow
and twisty, and it was unfortunate I had a problem with the
power steering. As you can imagine this made turning the car
a bit difficult.”
PRESS RELEASE: 12th January 2012
Monte Carlo Rally- 17th – 22nd
1st of 13 rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship
Munich, 13th January, 2012. Rally fans will be able to celebrate
a double return next week when the first round of the 2012
FIA World Rally Championship is held. Even though the MINI
WRC Team will be taking part in the Monte Carlo Rally for
the first time, this is an event that the Mini-Cooper ‘S’
won three times in the sixties, and the rally will be back
in the WRC for the first time since 2008.
Flying the MINI flag will be Dani Sordo (ES) and Carlos del
Barrio (ES) in the MINI John Cooper Works WRC number 37, and
newcomers to the works team, Pierre Campana (FR) and Sabrina
de Castelli (FR), in the number 52 sister car. Sordo, a veteran
of 91 WRC starts, proved how quick he was last year by gaining
two podiums for the team in Germany and France in its testing
year. Campana made his WRC debut with a customer MINI in 2011
and in Rally France finished ninth overall. He is no stranger
to the Monte Carlo Rally where he won the IRC 2WD Cup last
year, and even co-drove on it in 2008. Pierre’s career
has been supported by the French motorsport federation, the
FFSA, who also gave its backing to Sébastien Loeb (FR)
in his early career.
2012, David Richards passes the role of team principal to
the team’s technical director, Dave Wilcock. Wilcock
will combine the two roles and will be supported by team manager,
Campbell Roy. Richards will continue to oversee the MINI WRC
Team and will attend many of the events in 2012, mentoring
Wilcock in the new role. “It was always my intention
to take a step back in the team’s second season and
pass the responsibility over to Dave,” said David Richards,
chairman of Prodrive. “During the last year he has proved
he has all the right skills to lead the team and I have no
doubt the MINI WRC Team will continue to go from strength
to strength under his leadership.”
Both drivers have been in France this week testing ahead of
the event. Campana was driving on Monday and Sordo on Tuesday.
They then moved locations to where they would be guaranteed
snow and the drivers completed half a day each.
Dave Wilcock, Team Principal:
“It would be incredible to go to the Monte Carlo Rally
for the first time in more than 40 years and replicate the
feats of the original Mini Coopers in the 1960s. However we
have to be realistic about this event, where tyre choice on
some part snow covered stages can be a lottery. Still, much
of the route is new for everyone and we have proved in 2011
just how competitive the MINI John Cooper Works WRC is. I
know Dani is eager to get back behind the wheel, while Pierre
is keen to impress his local fans.”
Dani Sordo (MINI John Cooper Works WRC No 37):
“This is a rally I like very much as the stages are
really nice. I can’t remember exactly how many times
I have done it, but it could be three times. We have been
testing and that has gone very well, so I am happy with the
car. The most important thing is to do tyre testing and we
have been able to do this with Michelin, so I know we have
some very good tyres. The issue will be the conditions as
at the moment it is dry with very little snow. However, this
can change very quickly.”
Pierre Campana (MINI John Cooper Works WRC No 52):
“I am thrilled to have been selected by MINI to join
its squad for Monte Carlo following our achievements last
year. It is a rally I know well and enjoy. I won the 2WD class
last year, so I am pleased to bring my experience and to showcase
my abilities on such a competitive event. I have enjoyed my
time driving the MINI John Cooper Works WRC car in WRC and
French championship events in 2011 with Drive-Pro and together
with the French Federation support, and I am honoured to be
able to continue my association with this tremendous manufacturer
into 2012 with this Monte Carlo participation.”
Dirk Hollweg, Head of MINI Motosport:
"After what, from a sporting point of view, was a very
successful 2011 season for us with our MINI John Cooper Works
WRC in the World Rally Championship, we are now looking forward
to the start of the 2012 season at the Monte Carlo Rally.
We have a big tradition at this event, which has been the
scene of some fantastic successes for us. The new season starts
here with Dani Sordo and Pierre Campana in the MINI WRC Team,
as well as with our MINI privateers, and we are hoping to
score more positive results for the MINI Motorsport family."
History and Background:
No true rally fan will ever forget the Monte Carlo Rally exploits
of the Minis in the sixties with wins for Paddy Hopkirk (GB)
in 1964, Timo Mäkinen (FI) in 1965 and Rauno Aaltonen
(FI) in 1967. The brand even returned last year to take part
in the Historic Monte Carlo Rally with Aaltonen (FI) at the
wheel. However, it is now the MINI John Cooper Works WRC that
will herald the first works car from the marque in this iconic
event since 1968.
The 80th Monte Carlo Rally is back in the FIA World Rally
Championship after an absence of three years. This year’s
event is considerably longer than the majority in the WRC
as it run over five days. It also has different locations
for its start and finish. The start is in the town of Valence
in the Drôme region, which is in south eastern France,
105 kilometres south of Lyon on the left bank of the river
Rhône. Meanwhile, as would be expected, the finish is
in the principality of Monaco.
There will be a ceremonial start at the Champs de Mars in
Valence at 18.00 on Tuesday, 17th January, but the first stages
will not be until the next day. On Wednesday the first car
will leave Valence at 08.00 and then return there for service
and an overnight halt at 17.52. During the day there will
be a lunch time service in Valence and the cars will compete
on four stages, covering 134.70 kilometres of competition
in an overall route of 471.82 kilometres.
On the 19th January the first car will leave Parc Fermé
at 07.55 for another six stages over 131.76 competitive kilometres
on a route that is 441.96 kilometres long. Again there will
be a service back in Valence halfway through the day.
Day three starts in Valence with the first car out of Parc
Fermé at 08.44. The competitors return for a service
at lunch time, but this is the last time the rally goes back
to Valence before it heads to Monaco, where the first car
is due that evening at 19.59. There are just three stages
which total 77.30 kilometres, but the total mileage is 545.72
The Monaco start on day four is late as the first car is not
due out of Parc Fermé until13.15. The cars return for
service at 17.53 and then the end of the day’s competition
sees the first car into final service for the day at 21.32.
In terms of total distance the crews travel 272.50 kilometres
and the four stages are a total of 84.44 kilometres.
The final and fifth leg is very short with just one stage
over 5.16 kilometres in a total distance of 48.47 kilometres.
The first car leaves the Monaco Parc Fermé at 09.05,
the stage – the Power Stage at Ste Agnes – Col
de la Madone – starts at 10.11, and the first car is
due back into Parc Fermé at Quai Antoine 1er for the
finish at 11.17. In total there will be 433.36 kilometres
over stages in a total distance of 1,780.47 kilometres. There
will be a Prize Giving at 15.00 at Place de Palais Princier
and then, in true Monegasque style, there will be a Gala Dinner
at the Sporting Club at 20.30.