Dakar Rally 2013: MINI congratulates







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: January 20, 2013
Categories: MINI, MINI Racing

Munich/Santiago de Chile. It seems nothing can stand  in their way. The French duo of Stéphane Peterhansel and co-driver  Jean-Paul Cottret have won the Dakar Rally 2013 in a MINI ALL4 Racing  in a repeat of last year’s success.

Dakar Rally 2013

With their overall time of  38:32.39, the lead pairing of the privately-entered Monster Energy  X-raid Team from Trebur, Germany crossed the finish line in Santiago  de Chile 42:22 minutes ahead of their nearest pursuers in the overall  classification. For Peterhansel, his second victory in the MINI ALL4  Racing was also the 11th of his career in the Dakar.

“This is a magnificent triumph and I would like to offer our  congratulations on behalf of MINI not only to Stéphane Peterhansel and  Jean-Paul Cottret, but also to Sven Quandt’s entire X-raid Team,”  enthused Dr Kay Segler, Senior Vice President MINI Brand Management.  “The victory of the MINI ALL4 Racing last year was without doubt a  surprise for many people. But now it is clear to everyone that this  was no fluke. Anyone who comes home first after 8,600 kilometres  (approx. 5,300 miles) in the world’s toughest rally has achieved  something amazing. We are incredibly proud to count these fantastic  competitors as part of the MINI family.”

As last year, the X-raid Team was again the dominant force in the  Dakar Rally 2013. Peterhansel took over at the top of the overall  classification after only two stages – and defended his lead all the  way to the finish. The chasing pack included the pairing of Leonid  Novitskiy and Konstantin Zhiltsov in another MINI ALL4 Racing, who  eventually finished the Dakar Rally 2013 in third place.

General Ranking for Dakar 2013 Rally:

  • 1     S. Peterhansel  / J.-P. Cottret MINI ALL4 Racing  38h 32m  39s
  • 3     L. Novitskiy  / K. Zhiltsov  MINI ALL4  Racing 40h 01m 01s
  • 4     N. Roma / M. Périn MINI  ALL4 Racing  40h 09m 22s
  • 12   B. Garafulic  / G. Picard MINI ALL4 Racing 43h 18m 59s
  • 48   S.  Schott / H. Schmidt MINI ALL4 Racing 61h 08m 16s