Mini Dakar 2014 Rally







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: January 15, 2014
Categories: MINI, MINI Racing

MINI dominates stage 9 at the 2014 Dakar Rally // Stéphane Peterhansel leads a pack of four MINI ALL4 Racing.

Mini Dakar 2014

MINI dominates stage 9 at the 2014 Dakar Rally // Stéphane    Peterhansel leads a pack of four MINI ALL4 Racing.Munich (DE). Stéphane Peterhansel (FR) in his black MINI ALL4 Racing  topped the timesheets on stage 9 at the 2014 Dakar Rally. The Monster  Energy X-raid Team driver dominated today's 422km-long stage from  Calama to Iquique (both CL) and finished 2:17 minutes in front of his  MINI teammate Nasser Al-Attiyah (QT) in the predominantly white MINI  ALL4 Racing car

Today's route led to the most northerly point of the Dakar, the city  of Iquique. The drivers had to tackle the infamous Atacama desert, the  driest place on earth. A real challenge for the cars and drivers  likewise. Once again, the MINI ALL4 Racing  car, which is based on the  MINI John Cooper Works Countryman, proved its reliability and  competitiveness under tough conditions.

"I'm really satisfied with today's stage," Stéphane  Peterhansel said after crossing the line in Iquique. "The Atacama  desert is one of the biggest challenges at the Dakar Rally. It was a  trouble free day for us and I'm really confident for the rest of the  Dakar Rally. My co-driver Jean-Paul Cottret and the whole team are  doing a great job."

Today, Peterhansel led a pack of four MINI ALL4 Racing cars. Joan  "Nani" Roma (ES), who is still leading the overall  classification in front of Peterhansel, finished in 3rd, Orlando  Terranova (AR) was in 4th place.

On Wednesday the drivers will head south from Iquique to Antofagasta.  The 631km-long stage 10 will be divided into two parts. The first 231  kilometres will be held on sand and soil. The second, 215km-long part  will be characterised by gravel and sand, the so-called "fesh  fesh" sand, which is extremely fine. Once again, the drivers have  to be really careful not to get stuck with their cars.

Dakar Rally Day 11 Quick Facts.

  • Date: 15th January, 2014
  • Start/finish: Iquique/Antofagasta (both CL) – Leg 10
  • Official starting time (cars): 9:48 PM ART (UTC -3)
  • Total distance: 689 km, Special stage: 631 km, Liaison: 58 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)