Published on January 12th, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
MINI finally takes a stage win at Dakar
Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT) and co-pilot Mathieu Baumel (FRA) showed great determination and skill amongst the sand and rocks of Stage 8 to take the win. From the start of the Special Stage, the AXION X-raid Team (#300) crew swept into the lead by Waypoint 1 and held first place until Waypoint 8. After losing the lead by Waypoint 9, Nasser then pushed even harder to eventually cross the finish line 12 seconds ahead of the second placed car. Nasser is now third overall and has reduced the time variation to leader Peterhansel to just 14:43m.
The first desert stage of the 2016 Rally Dakar produced a great day’s racing. Not just because of the driving skill required in the sandy terrain but also the need for pinpoint directions from all of the MINI ALL4 Racing co-drivers. Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) experienced a Dakar desert stage for the first time and, with the experienced co-driver Michel Périn (FRA) by his side, Hirvonen ended the day in his AXION X-raid Team MINI ALL4 Racing (#315) with a fine fifth.
Stage 8 also saw the excellent form of Spanish pairing of Joan ‘Nani’ Roma / Alex Haro of AXION X-raid Team come into play in grand style. They placed their MINI ALL4 Racing (#304) to sixth spot at the end of Stage 8. This now makes them the third MINI ALL4 Racing inside the overall top ten. Orlando Terranova (ARG) and co-driver Bernardo ‘Ronnie’ Graue (ARG) continued to push their AXION X-raid Team MINI ALL4 Racing (#310) and scored seventh place, just 1:28m behind their fellow AXION X-raid Team crew of Roma / Haro. The Dutch crew of Erik van Loon and Wouter Rosegaar (Van Loon Racing #306) maintained their consistency by finishing the day in 10th to retain 11th overall in the standings.
2016 Dakar Rally: Day Ten, Stage 8, Salta – Belén , 766km. MINI ALL 4 Racing standings:
|3||Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT)||Mathieu Baumel (FRA)||300||AXION X-raid Team||026:16:27|
|4||Mikko Hirvonen (FIN)||Michel Périn (FRA)||315||AXION X-raid Team||026:38:26|
|10||Joan ‘Nani’ Roma (ESP)||Alex Haro (ESP)||304||AXION X-raid Team||027:30:05|
|Erik van Loon (NDL)||Wouter Rosegaar (NDL)||306||Van Loon Racing||027:31:48|
|13||Harry Hunt (GB)||Andreas Schulz (GER)||323||X-raid Team||027:47:18|
|15||Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski (POL)||Andrei Rudnitski (BLR)||327||ORLEN Team||028:09:06|
|16||Orlando Terranova (ARG)||Bernardo “Ronnie” Graue (ARG)||310||AXION X-raid Team||028:11:16|
|18||Boris Garafulic (CHL)||Filipe Palmeiro (POR)||313||X-raid Team||028:28:15|
|55||Nazareno Lopez (ARG)||Sergio Lafuente (URU)||351||X-raid Team||040:55:23|