Lotos Team WRC
|Full name||Lotos Team WRC|
|Team principal(s)||Bruno di Pianto|
|Chassis||Mini John Cooper Works WRC
Ford Fiesta WRC
|World Rally Championship career|
The team was formed by Motorsport Italia team manager Bruno di Pianto from the remains of the WRC Team Mini Portugal (which closed at the end of the 2012 season) with the support of Polish oil conglomerate Grupa Lotos. The team was scheduled to contest the 2013 season with a Mini John Cooper Works WRC driven by Polish driver and 2012 Production Car World Championship runner-up Michał Kościuszko. However, the team abandoned the Mini John Cooper Works WRC halfway through the season and withdrew their entry from the Acropolis Rally to focus on changing to the Ford Fiesta RS WRC, making their debut with the new car at the Rally d'Italia in Sardinia.
Although the team was recognised by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile as a manufacturer team for the 2013 season, only the team's best eight results from thirteen rallies will be counted towards the team's final points tally. Ultimately, the team only contested seven rounds of the championship; after competing in Sardinia, Kościuszko skipped Rally Finland before returning for Rallye Deutschland in what would be his final appearance during the 2013 season.
The team finished the season in eighth and last place, with twenty points and a best finish of seventh place in the Rally d'Italia.
Complete WRC results
|2013||Mini John Cooper Works WRC|| Michał Kościuszko
|Ford Fiesta RS WRC||ITA
- ^1 — Although the team is recognised by the FIA as a manufacturer team, only the best eight results from thirteen rallies were counted towards the team's final points tally.
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- "81e Rallye Monte Carlo 2013 Entry List". rallye-magazin.de. Monte Carlo Rally. 20 December 2012. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
- "Kosciuszko ditches Mini for M-Sport Fiesta". WRC.com. WRC.com. Retrieved 27 May 2013.
- "2013 FIA World Rally Championship For Manufacturers — List of Entrants". FIA.com (Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile). 13 January 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
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