Brazil World Rally Team
|Full name||Brazil World Rally Team|
|Team principal(s)||Frank Allison Maciel|
|Chassis||Ford Fiesta RS WRC|
|World Rally Championship career|
The Brazil World Rally Team (or BWRT) is a Brazilian World Rally Championship team, based in Salvador, Brazil and Groß-Enzersdorf, Austria, that made their début in the 2011 season at the Rally de Portugal, round three of the 2011 season. They started with a Super 2000-spec Mini before switching to the Mini John Cooper Works WRC for their next round, the Rally d'Italia Sardegna. In 2012, at the Rally de Portugal, they switched to the Ford Fiesta RS WRC. The team has been registered as a WRC Team entry, and plans to add a second car to the lineup by 2013.
The Brazil World Rally Team has young Brazilian driver Daniel Oliveira along with his Portuguese co-driver Carlos Magalhães. The main goal for BWRT is to increase the popularity of rallying in Brazil. The reason for this is that Brazil has not had much success over the 38 years of the existence of the WRC. The country held two WRC events before in 1981 and 1982, won by Ari Vatanen and Michèle Mouton respectively. There have also been very few Brazilian rally drivers that have had any success, so Daniel Oliveira is considered a promise.
The Brazil World Rally Team started receiving technical and operational support from Prodrive in the United Kingdom, who develop the Mini WRC and S2000 cars, with respected team manager Paul Howarth and engineer Nick Navas heavily involved in the project. Brazil World Rally Team’s president, Frank Allison Maciel, and manager, Paul Handal, also performed key roles. Since 2012, Oliveira's Ford Fiesta RS WRC is managed by Stohl Racing, owned by Manfred Stohl.
Currently, BWRT owns 20 points on the Manufacturers' Championship of 2012 World Rally Championship season.
- "Oliveira signs for new MINI powered Brazilian WRC team". wrc.com. wrc.com. 4 January 2011. Retrieved 12 February 2011.
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