Dakar 2014 – Mini Rules







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: January 13, 2014
Categories: MINI, MINI Racing

MINI in the overall lead at the intermission of the 2014 Dakar Rally // Four MINI ALL4 Racing in the top 5.

Dakar

 

Munich (DE). Joan “Nani” Roma (ES) in his yellow MINI ALL4 Racing in  the overall lead and a total of four MINI ALL4 Racing in the top five:  the Monster Energy X-raid Team and the MINI brand have every reason to  be satisfied with the first half of the 2014 Dakar Rally. Thanks to a  well-prepared team of experienced drivers and the immaculate services  of the MINI ALL4 Racing today is a well-deserved rest day for the  entire team, especially so after Stéphane Peterhansel (FR) was able to  take another day victory in his black MINI ALL4 Racing on Friday.

With Roma on top, Orlando Terranova (AR) and Peterhansel complete the  MINI trio to lead the overall classifications while Nasser Al-Attiyah  (QT) is fifth overall which rounds off a promising result in the  team’s quest for its third consecutive Dakar title. During the 4,676  total kilometres – 2,522 of them driven against the clock – since the  Dakar start on 5th January, the MINI ALL4 Racing has shown its core  strengths. With the MINI ALL4 Racing’s reliability, power and agility  the X-raid Team was able to capture four day victories in only six  competitive days of the world’s toughest endurance rally.

“I am more than satisfied with the overall result at the halftime of  the Dakar,” says Jochen Goller, Senior Vice President MINI. “And I  would like to congratulate the whole team for its exceptional  performance so far, although we know that it is still a long way to go  until finish line in Valparaiso, Chile, on 18th January. However, the  current result speaks for itself. The MINI ALL4 Racing has been  constantly strong and reliable, something we were convinced of right  from the MINI ALL4 Racing’s maiden Dakar start in 2011. Ever since,  two Dakar titles and a promising performance during this year’s Dakar  are proof enough that the MINI ALL4 Racing’s qualities are for real.  Now, I am already looking forward to the second half of the 2014 Dakar.”

Another 2,901 timed kilometres lie ahead of the competitors when the  Dakar commences on Sunday with leg seven, a loop of 533 competitive  kilometres around the city of Salta (AR). More challenges are to  follow shortly after with the crossing of the Andes leading into Chile  and the infamous Atacama desert, the world’s driest region, plus more  tricky dune section until the 2014 Dakar winner will be crowned in  Valparaiso on 18th January.

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Dakar Rally Day 8 Quick Facts.

  • Date: 12th January, 2014
  • Start/finish: Salta/Salta (both AR) – Leg 7
  • Official starting time (cars): 9.20 AM ART (UTC -3)
  • Total distance: 763 km, Special stage: 533 km, Liaison: 763 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)