28 Jul 2010

Mini set for return to WRC

7:03 am on 28 July 2010

The car manufacturer Mini will return to the world rally championship next season with the target of winning the title within three years.

Owners BMW say that Mini, whose stylish Cooper model won the Monte Carlo Rally three times in the 1960s, will compete in selected events in 2011 before a full return from 2012.

The British-based Prodrive, who ran Subaru's world championship-winning team until the Japanese manufacturer pulled out at the end of 2008, have been working on a Mini Countryman WRC for months.