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RICHARD TAYLOR, SPECIAL INTERVIEW BY PRODRIVE MOTORSPORT BUSINESS

WRC / RX / DAKAR A FULL 2013 / 2014 / 2015

Richard Taylor, Special Interview by Prodrive WRC Team / Motorsport Business.

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22 November 2013

Richard, a brief concept currently MINI by Rallyng in Europe and all over the planet? There are around 25 MINI WRC / RRC car operating around the world and they continue to have many successes and are enjoyed by many drivers.

How many cars have today in Banbury shop in Britain the MINI WRC? Currently there are 6/7 MINI WRC and RX cars here at Banbury, this includes several customer cars being rebuilt, 2 new rally cars in build and 1 new rallycross car in build. We also have the 2013 MINI RX on its way back from the Las Vegas GRC event.

Is there any chance of putting together a career plan in the WRC with Prodrive WRC in 2014? There are a couple of interesting possibilities that we are currently discussing but our main focus today in terms of off road motorsport is with the MINI RX in rallycross and we would also very much like to contest the Dakar which we believe is a great challenge for Prodrive’s future.

How technically otherwise only supporting MINI customers worldwide who use the John Cooper Works WRC / RRC? Prodrive engineers and technicians regularly support many MINI WRC customers all around the world, today there are around 25 MINI WRC / RRC cars. Prodrive supported customer teams have won 3 National Rally Championships in 2013, Spain, Czech Republic and Ukraine.

Richard, there is no intent to throw the MINI in the regulation R5 to get more customers in the discipline? There are no plans for an R5 MINI at present.

Today, The MINI WRC is competitive compared to Citroën, Ford and Volkswagen? We believe the car continues to be competitive at both a WRC and national level, Prodrive have continued to develop the car over the last 12 months and it remains an excellent package giving good performance and reliability as many customers regularly prove.

Is it marked 10 years of the World title won by Petter Solberg with Prodrive in 2003, by SWRT good memories , a dream is to return someday with Subaru? Of course Prodrive had a great history and a great partnership with Subaru winning not only with Petter but also with Colin and Richard. We would of course be delighted to work with Subaru again if the opportunity arose and if WRC again became a part of their marketing plans.

Why finish , it is impossible revive talks with BMW to make a stable program again in the WRC with Prodrive or seek some sponsorship important for you to return your computer to run completely in the World Rally Championship ? MINI decided a couple of years ago not to continue with the WRC in their marketing programme, it was a shame because the MINI WRC car is a great car but at present we would not expect to return to the WRC with a MINI factory team.

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