Dakar 2014 Rally: Mini Cooper X-Raid Team

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MINI and the X-raid Team ready to start “mission title    defence” at the 2014 Dakar Rally Sunday.

Mini Dakar Rally

Munich (DE). On the eve of the first leg of the 2014 Dakar Rally the  MINI brand and the X-raid Team are looking forward to defending their  2013 Dakar title at the world’s most challenging endurance rally. A  record-setting eleven MINI ALL4 Racing cars will compete in the 36th  Dakar edition between 05th -18th January, spearheaded by 11-time  champion Stéphane Peterhansel (FR) who also claimed Dakar victories in  the MINI ALL4 Racing in 2012 and 2013.

Ahead of the Dakar start which takes place in Rosario, Argentina, the  factory-supported X-raid Team has already successfully shipped the  eleven MINI ALL4 Racing cars from the team’s headquarters in Trebur,  Germany, to South America. Now the 120 team members and eleven driver  pairings in the cockpits of the MINI ALL4 Racing cars are ready to  start “mission title defence”. The challenge ahead: a total of 9,374  kilometres, 5,522 of them will be timed during 13 competitive legs.

Dakar 2014

Since winning the 2013 Dakar, the X-raid Team has continued the fine  tuning of the MINI ALL4 Racing. So MINI and the X-raid Team are  confident that a good team result and successful title defence are  possible in South America. Says Peterhansel: “I think we are going in  the right direction. I won the last two Dakar Rallies. Even though  this does not mean anything for the next event, as each rally is a new  chapter, obviously it is my goal is to win the Dakar Rally again.”   Peterhansel’s team-mate Joan “Nani” Roma (ES) who won the 2004 Dakar  on a motorbike is equally motivated. “I can still remember how it felt  when I won the Dakar ten years ago,” says the Spaniard. “You never  forget that. And you are always hungry for more.”

Peterhansel, Roma and the rest of the X-raid Team drivers which also  include the 2011 Dakar winner Nasser Al-Attiyah (QT) as well as the  2013 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies champion Krzysztof  Holowczyc (PL) can again count on the performance of the MINI ALL4  Racing which is based on the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman,  modified to successfully meet the demands of long-distance rallying.  With a combination of power, reliability and efficiency the MINI ALL4  Racing proved its competiveness right from its first Dakar start while  also immediately winning the hearts of the fans.

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. Motorsport is in the DNA of  MINI. This is one of the reasons why MINI is competing in the Dakar.  Another reason lies in the core values of MINI: excitement and agility   – which are very much part of motorsport and consistent with the image  of the Dakar. Plus, the MINI brand also looks to anchor the MINI and  John Cooper Works brands among the global fan base of the Dakar Rally  thanks to its international media coverage which generates a huge  worldwide visibility.

Dakar Rally Day 1 Quick Facts.

  • Date: 05th January, 2014
  • Start/finish: Rosario (AR)/San Luis (AR) – Leg 1
  • Official starting time (cars): 12.52 ART (UTC -3)
  • Total distance: 809 km, Special stage: 180 km, Liaison: 629 km

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)

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