Sidecar racers have the biggest cojones
Bad news for WRC fans.No TV deal with Eurosport.And Mini hung out to dry.
http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/97313 Negotiations between the FIA and Eurosport for the promotion of the World Rally Championship have broken down and international television coverage of next week's Rally Sweden appears unlikely.
The FIA issued a statement this evening confirming it has withdrawn from negotiations and will begin discussions with other interested parties.
The statement said: "The FIA regrets to announce it has not proven possible to find an international promoter as well as a global broadcaster for the 2012 World Rally Championship season at this stage in time
A resolution to the ongoing situation between the BMW Group and Prodrive is expected early next week, when the Banbury firm is reportedly going to be told that its contract to build Mini John Cooper Works WRCs is terminated.
As reported by AUTOSPORT on Thursday, the BMW Group's decision is believed to have been taken to split from Prodrive. That decision is expected to be communicated to the company responsible for the development and build of the Mini either on Friday or early next week.
AUTOSPORT's sources have reported that a meeting of Prodrive staff has been convened for Monday morning.