MINI Misses Filing Deadline for WRC 2012

Autosport is reporting that MINI has apparently missed last night’s filing deadline to compete in the 2012 season of the World Rally Championship. While there are rumored, low-intensity tensions between Prodrive and MINI corporate at present, sources say this missing of the filing deadline is not an intentional end of MINI rally racing, but is instead an accidental if significant oversight. Even before the relative success of this year’s inaugural efforts, MINI had planned to commit to a full season of racing in 2012. Munich is apparently in negotiations currently with the FIA to extend the deadline and get the Prodrive-developed cars back on race courses around the world. Hopefully the right cases of scotch makes is to the right people in time.