Published on January 2nd, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


MINI’s Dakar lineup is good to go

MINI prepares to achieve fifth consecutive Dakar Rally win with strongest line up yet of MINI ALL4 Racing and crews. 2 January 2016 will see the start of the 2016 Dakar Rally, the traditional season opener of long-distance cross-country rallies. Once again MINI takes on this exciting and exacting 9,500km, 15 day racing event but this year with a record entry of 12 MINI ALL4 Racing cars.

MINI Dakar Rally 2016 (4)

Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT) and long-term co-pilot Mathieu Baumel (FRA) of AXION X-raid Team (#300) are the defending Dakar champions and more than ready to take up the challenge of motorsport’s toughest endurance race. “Preparation is complete,” said Al-Attiyah in Buenos Aires, starting point of the 2016 Dakar Rally.

MINI Dakar Rally 2016 (14)


The Argentinean duo of Orlando Terranova and Bernardo ‘Ronnie’ Graue are also prepared for the challenge of Dakar in their AXION X-raid Team MINI ALL4 Racing (#310). “With more time spent at altitude and a long, tough second week, the 2016 Dakar is guaranteed to throw up some surprises – but that is what makes the Dakar so special,” said Terranova during the prerace Shakedown test.

MINI Dakar Rally 2016 (11)

The fourth MINI ALL4 Racing (#315) of Axion X-raid Team sees the pairing of Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) and Michel Périn (FRA). While Périn is a very experienced Dakar co-pilot, this year’s Dakar Rally is the first for former WRC competitor Hirvonen.

MINI Dakar Rally 2016 (12)

Competition for the Dakar title will, of course, come from every angle but especially the privateer MINI ALL4 Racing crews competing at the 2016 Dakar Rally. The continual success of MINI ALL4 Racing (e.g. Dakar Rally winner four years in succession 2012-2015) in long distance cross-country rally has led to an unprecedented eight privateer crews also lining up on the Dakar start line.

MINI Dakar Rally 2016 (1)

The eight crews are made up of experienced cross-country rally drivers and co-drivers from around the globe. For example, the MINI ALL4 Racing crew of Van Loon Racing (#306) consists of Dutch pairing Erik van Loon and Wouter Rosegaar. The ORLEN Team consists of two MINI ALL4 Racing with the crews of Adam Malysz (POL) and Xavier Panseri (FRA) in #325, and Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski (POL) with co-pilot Andrei Rudnitski (BLR) in #327.

MINI Dakar Rally 2016 (10)

Four further crews will drive under the banner of X-raid Team, one of which (#323) will feature the youngest MINI ALL4 Racing driver at this year’s Dakar Rally, Harry Hunt from Great Britain. Further extending the global appeal of the MINI ALL4 Racing is the Perfect China Health 100 Yong Team (#360) consisting of female driver Guo Meiling and co-driver Min Liao.

The 2016 edition of Dakar Rally starts 2nd January with a timed Prologue. The outcome of this 346km event decides the starting order for Stage 1 of the Dakar Rally, Rosario (“light bivouac”) to Carloz Paz, Sunday 3rd January.

2016 Dakar Rally MINI ALL4 Racing crew line-up


Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT)Mathieu Baumel (FRA)300AXION X-raid Team
Joan ‘Nani’ Roma (ESP)Alex Haro (ESP)304AXION X-raid Team
Orlando Terranova (ARG)Bernardo “Ronnie” Graue (ARG)310AXION X-raid Team
Mikko Hirvonen (FIN)Michel Périn (FRA)315AXION X-raid Team
Erik van Loon (NDL)Wouter Rosegaar (NDL)306Van Loon Racing
Boris Garafulic (CHL)Filipe Palmeiro (POR)313X-raid Team
Harry Hunt (GB)Andreas Schulz (GER)323X-raid Team
Adam Malysz (POL)Xavier Panseri (FRA)325ORLEN Team
Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski (POL)Andrei Rudnitski (BLR)327ORLEN Team
Stephan Schott (GER)Holm Schmidt (GER)331X-raid Team
Nazareno Lopez (ARG)Sergio Lafuente (URU)351X-raid Team
Guo Meiling (CHN)Min Liao (CHN)360Perfect China Health 100 Yong Team

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