2015 Dakar MINI Drivers and Co-Drivers

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#300 MINI ALL4 Racing – Monster Energy Rally Raid Ream.

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Joan “Nani” Roma, who was born in Folgueroles, Spain, on 17 February 1972, is a veritable rallying all-rounder. He claimed his maiden Dakar Rally victory on a motorbike in 2004. Ten years later he won the prestigious Dakar Rally again – this time on four wheels in the MINI ALL4 Racing. This makes the Spaniard only the third entrant to have ever achieved this in the history of the Dakar.

As the defending Dakar champion, Roma will once again have the experienced Michel Périn at his side, who is a four-time Dakar winner himself. “In my opinion, Michel is currently the best co-driver in the field,” is what Roma had to say about Périn. Even away from

the Dakar, Nani Roma and the MINI form an inseparable duo. In his spare time, Roma competes in national rally events in Spain in a customised MINI John Cooper Works Countryman. Roma also has ambitious goals aside from his rallying career; supporting and initiating various international sports projects through his own foundation, the Fundación Nani Roma.

Career highlights:

  • 1st place in the 2004 (motorbike) and 2014 (MINI ALL4 Racing) editions of the Dakar Rally
  • 2nd place in the 2012 Dakar Rally (MINI ALL4 Racing)
  • 1st place in the 2013 and 2014 editions of Baja Aragon (MINI ALL4 Racing)
  • 1st place in the 2013 and 2014 editions of Desafío Ruta (MINI

ALL4 Racing)

  • 1st place in the 2014 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (MINI ALL4 Racing)

Co-driver: Michel Périn (FR).

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#305 MINI ALL4 Racing – Monster Energy Rally Raid Team.

Orlando Terranova.

Orlando Terranova, who was born in Mendoza, Argentina, on 10 November 1979, has many years of experience in off-road sport on both two and four wheels. In his early years, he won numerous national motorbike titles in his home country of Argentina, including three consecutive wins in the Enduro Championship of Mendoza on an enduro bike. He followed this with a win on the international stage at the 2003 Rally of Desert in Chile.

In the years that followed, Terranova entered an increasing number  of rallies in cars, and has focused exclusively on rallying on four wheels since 2009. He entered the Dakar with X-raid and in the MINI ALL4 Racing for the first time in 2014, when he won a special stage and finished in fifth place.

Career highlights:

  • 1st place in the 2009 Rally Tunisia
  • 1st place in the 2009 Ruta 40
  • 1st place in the 2013 Rally Morocco
  • 2nd place in the 2014 Rally Morocco
  • 5th place in the 2014 Dakar Rally (MINI ALL4 Racing)

Co-driver: Bernardo “Ronnie” Graue (AR).

#306 MINI ALL4 Racing  Monster Energy Rally Raid Team.

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Krzysztof Holowczyc.

Krzysztof Holowczyc was born in Olsztyn, Poland, on 4 June 1962. In the 1990s, he was active in rallying primarily in his home country of Poland and won the Polish Rally Championship in 1995, 1996 and 1999. He also won the European Rally Championship in 1997 and competed in the World Rally Championship in 1998.

“Holek”, as his fans call him, first entered the Dakar Rally in 2005. He has been a member of X-raid since 2011. He finished the world’s toughest rally in fifth place in 2013, making this his best result to date. In addition to his motorsport career, Holowczyc is active in the field of politics, and has represented Poland’s Civic Platform party in the European Parliament since 2007. He also founded the Safe

Driver Foundation, which aims to increase road traffic safety, for which he was awarded the Gold Cross of Merit of the Republic of Poland.

Career highlights:

  • 1st place in the 2013 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies
  • 1st place in the 2010 FIA International Cup for Cross-Country Bajas
  • 1st place in the 2011, 2012 and 2014 editions of Baja Poland
  • 2nd place in the 2008 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies
  • 1997 European Rally Champion
  • Polish Rally Champion in 1995, 1996 and 1999
  • Vladimir Vasilyev.
  • Nationality: RussianCareer highlights:
  • Hobbies: Family, rallying, hunting
  • Born: 11 August 1969 in Tver, Russia

#310 MINI ALL4 Racing X-raid Team.

  • Co-driver: Xavier Panseri (FR).
  • 1st place in the 2013 Russian Rally Raid Championship
  • 1st place in the 2014 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge
  • 1st place in the 2014 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies

#314 MINI ALL4 Racing – X-raid Team

  • Born: 29 August 1968 in Reusel, NetherlandsHobbies: Rallying, cycling, fitness, golf
  • Career highlights:
  • Nationality: Dutch
  • Erik van Loon.
  • Co-driver: Konstantin Zhiltsov (RU).
  • 1st place in the 2010 Rally Clinic Dutch Open
  • 1st place in the 2011 ELE Rally
  • 1st place in the 2011 Amsterdam Short Rally
  • 3rd place in the 2014 Pharaons Rally Egypt
  • 3rd place in the 2014 Rally Morocco

#319 MINI ALL4 Racing X-raid Team.Born: 11 July 1963 in Santiago de Chile, ChileCareer highlights:

  • Nationality: Chilean
  • Boris Garafulic.
  • Co-driver: Wouter Rosegaar (NL).
  • 3rd place in the 2011 Rally Morocco • 11th place in the 2012 Dakar Rally
  • 4th place in the 2013 Rally Morocco
  • 11th place in the 2014 Dakar Rally

#329 MINI ALL4 Racing – X-raid Team.17 Born: 20 August 1972 in Astana, KazakhstanHobbies: Off-road racing

  • Career highlights:
  • Nationality: Kazakh
  • Aidyn Rakhimbayev.
  • Co-driver: Filipe Palmeiro (PT).
  • 4th place in the 2013 Rally Morocco
  • 5th place in the 2014 Hungarian Baja Zhou Yong.
  • Nationality: ChineseCo-driver: tba.
  • Stephan Schott.Nationality: German
  • Career highlights:
  • Hobbies: Greyhounds, rallying
  • Born: 15 October 1952 in Frankfurt (Main), Germany

#334 MINI ALL4 Racing – X-raid Team.

  • Hobbies: Travelling
  • Born: 09 February 1969 in Beijing, China

#332 MINI ALL4 Racing X-raid Team.

  • Co-driver: Anton Nikolaev (RU).
  • 10th place in the 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge
  • 8th place in the 2013 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge
  • 5th place in the 2014 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge
  • Nasser Al-Attiyah.Nationality: QatariCareer highlights:
  • Hobbies: Skeet shooting
  • Born: 21 December 1970 in Doha, Qatar

#301 MINI ALL4 Racing Qatar Rally Team.

  • Co-driver: Holm Schmidt (DE).
  • 1st place in the 2011 Dakar Rally
  • 1st place in the 2008 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies
  • Olympic bronze medal for skeet shooting in 2012
  • Co-driver: Mathieu Baumel (FR).

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