Dakar 2014 – Mini Leads the Dakar 2014 Rally







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: January 10, 2014
Categories: MINI, MINI Racing

One-two-three overall for MINI at the Dakar // Roma and    Holowczyc taking the Andes’ first foothills by storm.Munich (DE). After the perfect run by the reigning Dakar champion  Stéphane Peterhansel (FR) in his black MINI ALL4 Racing at the 2014  Dakar Rally on Monday, the third competitive day of the world’s  toughest endurance rally was another good one for the Monster Energy  X-raid Team as well as the MINI brand.

Dakar 2014 Rally

Joan “Nani” Roma (ES) in the  yellow MINI ALL4 Racing and Krzystof Holowczyc (PL) in the red MINI  ALL4 Racing claimed a one-two on the third Dakar leg which took the  competitors via 301 timed kilometres from San Rafael to San Juan (both  AR) and into the first foothills of the Argentinean Andes – a terrain  well-suited for the MINI ALL4 Racing in which it could prove his core  strengths: power, reliability and efficiency.

Meanwhile Nasser Al-Attiyah (QT) in his predominantly white MINI ALL4  Racing put the icing on the cake for the X-raid Team and the MINI  brand. By finishing the day seventh, Al-Attiyah climbed to third in  the overall classification. So the MINI brand holds a one-two-three  overall with Roma in first, Orlando Terranova (AR), who finished  fourth for the day, in second and Al-Attiyah in third heading into the  fourth competitive Dakar day. “It was a good day for us, and leading  the Dakar Rally definitely feels great,” says Roma. “We know that the  race for the 2014 Dakar title is still a long one. But today gives us  an extra motivation.”

Day four will see the longest special stage at the Dakar Rally since  the historic route from Zouerat to Tichit (both MR) in 2005. The  drivers must cross rivers, negotiate ravines, and be wary of the  opposition. The route on day four features expansive spaces, making  overtaking relatively easy. At the same time, the special stage to  Chilecito (AR) is also the longest on the 2014 Dakar for the cars.

Dakar Rally Day 4 Quick Facts.

  • Date: 08th January, 2014
  • Start/finish: San Juan/Chilecito (both AR) – Leg 4
  • Official starting time (cars): 7.20 AM ART (UTC -3)
  • Total distance: 868 km, Special stage: 657 km, Liaison: 211 km

MINI at the 2014 Dakar Rally.

A total of eleven MINI ALL4 Racing compete in the 2014 Dakar. All are  based on the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman, modified by the  factory-supported X-raid Team to meet the high demands of the Dakar  Rally which is today’s pinnacle of off-road motorsports. With a  combination of power, reliability and efficiency the MINI ALL4 Racing  proved its competiveness right from its first Dakar start in 2011  while also winning the hearts of the fans from the word go.

On only its second Dakar appearance, the MINI ALL4 Racing made the  big breakthrough by winning the 2012 Dakar Rally. In 2013 the MINI  brand proved that its Dakar success was no flash in the pan by  defending its title at the first attempt. This year, the X-raid Team  and the MINI brand are aiming at clinching their third consecutive  Dakar title when the 2014 Dakar ends in Valparaiso, Chile, on 18th January.

2014 Dakar MINI Driver Lineup.

  • #300 MINI ALL4 Racing.
    Monster Energy X-raid Team
    Stéphane Peterhansel/Jean-Paul Cottret (FR/FR)
  • #301 MINI ALL4 Racing.
    X-raid Team
    Nasser Al-Attiyah/Lucas Cruz (QT/ES)
  • #304 MINI ALL4 Racing.
    Monster Energy X-raid Team
    Joan “Nani” Roma/Michel Périn (ES/FR)
  • #307 MINI ALL4 Racing.
    Monster Energy X-raid Team
    Orlando Terranova/Paulo Fiúza (AR/PT).
  • #309 MINI ALL4 Racing.
    Monster Energy X-raid Team
    Krzysztof Holowczyc/Konstantin Zhiltsov (PL/RU)
  • #314 MINI ALL4 Racing.
    X-raid Team
    Vladimir Vasilyev/Vitaliy Yevtyekhov (RU/RU)
  • #317 MINI ALL4 Racing.
    X-raid Team
    Boris Garafulic/Gilles Picard (CL/FR)
  • #319 MINI ALL4 Racing.
    X-raid Team
    Zhou Yong/Pan Hong Yu (CN/CN)
  • #330 MINI ALL4 Racing.
    X-raid Team
    Federico Villagra/Jorge Perez Companc (AR/AR)
  • #332 MINI ALL4 Racing.
    X-raid Team.
    Martin Kaczmarski/Filipe Palmeiro (PL/PT)
  • #337 MINI ALL4 Racing.
    X-raid Team
    Stephan Schott/Holm Schmidt (DE/DE)