BMW to terminate Prodrive MINI WRC deal?

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MINI WRC
As predicted by Autoblog last month
, BMW is expected to terminate its contract with Prodrive today, thus ending the UK firm's involvement in the MINI World Rally Team.

This news revealed in a report by motorsport magazine Autosport, also raises question marks over the future of this programme.

Autosport haven't been able to get confirmation from BMW in Munich, but according to their source a decision to end what has been described as a short and unhappy partnership was taken after the Monte Carlo rally.

There seemed to be surprise at the news when Autosport contacted Richard Taylor at the Banbury based firm yesterday.

Speaking to Autosport,Taylor said: "That's news to me. There's no question of that, no question at all. The team is on its way to Sweden for the pre-event test as we speak. Mini remains committed to the programme and to supporting customers."

The MINI WRC team is already on their way to Sweden, but according to Autosport sources this will not stop the announcement.

Finances have been the key problem since the team was launched in a blaze of publicity in April last year; this became more obvious just before Christmas when plans to run two cars were shelved, with driver Kris Meeke left high and dry.