Published on January 15th, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
13 days in, MINI is still in top 5 for Dakar
Once again the combination of Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT) and co-pilot Mathieu Baumel (FRA) showed the form that captured them the 2015 Dakar title by placing their AXION X-raid Team (#300) MINI ALL4 Racing first across the Special Stage finish line. Starting from 14th, the MINI ALL4 Racing crew quickly showed their intentions by passing the first Waypoint in third. This perfect display of fast driving and navigation continued and reaped the rewards of first in stage and a reduction in the overall time variation to leader Peterhansel.
Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) and co-driver Michel Périn (FRA) in the AXION X-raid Team MINI ALL4 Racing also showed a fine turn of speed and navigation excellence. They placed their MINI ALL4 Racing (#315) in third. In the overall standings, Hirvonen retains fourth. The #304 MINI ALL4 Racing of Spanish pairing Joan ‘Nani’ Roma and Alex Haro (AXION X-raid Team) was the third MINI ALL4 Racing number to finish within the top ten. Their hard work paid off with a fine sixth – the same position they now hold in the overall ranking.
All of the MINI ALL4 Racing crews showed exactly what has made the MINI ALL4 Racing an iconic long-distance rally car. At the end of Stage 11, seven MINI ALL4 racing had completed inside the top fifteen. Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski (POL) and Andrei Rudnitski (BLR) of ORLEN Team (#327) ended Stage 11 in 12th. Directly behind their MINI ALL4 racing at the finish was a trio of fellow MINI ALL4 racing crews.
In 13th was the consistent duo of Harry Hunt (GBR) and Andreas Schulz (GER). They retain tenth overall. Showing no effects of the dramatic roll endured on Stage 10, Erik van Loon (NLD) and Wouter Rosegaar (NLD) put in a perfect performance to claim 14th at stage end. Orlando Terranova (ARG) and co-driver Bernardo ‘Ronnie’ Graue (ARG) from AXION X-raid Team (#310) put in a fine effort to finish 15th – just six minutes behind fellow MINI ALL4 Racing man Przygonski.
2016 Dakar Rally: Day 13, Stage 11, 712km La Rioja – San Juan .
MINI ALL 4 Racing standings:
|2||Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT)||Mathieu Baumel (FRA)||300||AXION X-raid Team||038:34:15|
|4||Mikko Hirvonen (FIN)||Michel Périn (FRA)||315||AXION X-raid Team||039:05:07|
|6||Joan ‘Nani’ Roma (ESP)||Alex Haro (ESP)||304||AXION X-raid Team||039:36:54|
|10||Harry Hunt (GB)||Andreas Schulz (GER)||323||X-raid Team||040:30:22|
|Erik van Loon (NDL)||Wouter Rosegaar (NDL)||306||Van Loon Racing||042:55:57|
|14||Orlando Terranova (ARG)||Bernardo ‘Ronnie’ Graue (ARG)||310||AXION X-raid Team||43:01:17|
|17||Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski (POL)||Andrei Rudnitski (BLR)||327||ORLEN Team||04322:12|
|TBA||Boris Garafulic (CHL)||Filipe Palmeiro (POR)||313||X-raid Team|
|TBA||Nazareno Lopez (ARG)||Sergio Lafuente (URU)||351||X-raid Team|
|TBA||Adam Malysz (POL)||Xavier Panseri (FRA)||325||ORLEN Team|