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X-raid Team finishes second at Dakar 2016

X-raid Team at Dakar 2016

MINI’s four-year winning streak at the Dakar Rally has come to an end.  The MINI of Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT) and co-pilot Mathieu Baumel (FRA) was the highest placing MINI when they finished second in their No. 300 MINI ALL4 Racing.

From BMW Group PressClub Global:

2016 Dakar Rally – Day 15, Stage 13: MINI achieves another incredible Dakar result with MINI ALL4 Racing winner of the four-wheel drive ranking. Four MINI ALL4 Racing secure top ten positions overall.

Seven MINI ALL4 Racing complete the most gruelling cross-country rally within top fifteen. Mikko Hirvonen and Harry Hunt excel in their first experience of the Dakar Rally with Hirvonen clinching the Best Rookie title in the car category.

Munich. Once again the MINI brand celebrates success at the Dakar Rally with Al-Attiyah (QAT) and co-pilot Mathieu Baumel (FRA) completing the 38th edition of the Dakar Rally as best placed all-wheel drive car. The provisional general ranking results show Stéphane Peterhansel as the quickest man overall in category and congratulations are extended to Peugeot. In the meantime, AXION X-raid Team driver Al-Attiyah is listed as finishing with a hard fought second. The result of an ongoing race appeal will determine the full and official result.

Al-Attiyah and Baumel drove a superb 9000km race in the #300 MINI ALL4 Racing to win the battle of the 4×4 vehicles, in particular against a determined effort by Toyota. Two stage wins by the Al-Attiyah / Baumel pairing ensured the outcome would be a MINI ALL4 Racing at the front of the pack.

Nasser: “To finish on the podium was really nice but I believe in myself to come back in 2017 and win again. I think it was possible to win without our one mistake, but this is Dakar – a two-week race – and everybody can make mistake; most of the best drivers make a mistake but we finished on the podium.”

The famed reliability and performance of the MINI ALL4 Racing went hand in hand with the determination of all the MINI ALL4 Racing family to achieve an incredible result of four MINI ALL Racing positioned within the top ten finishers – a result in itself and rubberstamped by the fact seven MINI ALL4 Racing completed Dakar within the top 15.

Further celebration within the MINI ALL4 Racing camp will also come in the knowledge that former WRC star Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) successfully completed his Dakar debut with a well-deserved top five finish. The AXION X-raid Team (#315) driver along with co-driver Michel Périn (FRA) also achieved a fantastic stage win, which itself is complemented by a series of top five placings in the 13 stage Dakar race.

Hirvonen: “I’m really happy to be here at the finish line; a fantastic two weeks and everything worked just perfectly. The car was running well, the team did a fantastic job and with Michel everything went perfectly as well, so overall a fantastic experience.”

Spanish stars Joan ‘Nani’ Roma and Alex Haro (AXION X-raid Team #304) secured a 2016 Dakar top ten position in their AXION X-raid MINI ALL4 Racing after a dramatic fight back. Their start of the 2016 Dakar was upsetting to say the least when bad luck placed them deep in a mud hole for over 45 minutes to knock them far down the overall standings. To complete Dakar is one thing; to draw on their skills to complete in the top ten is something else altogether.

“It’s a really strange feeling to be here at the finish line,” said Roma. “Obviously it wasn’t my goal when I come here to fight for this position, but it was really hard. A positive point is the work with Alex, he made a good job.”

The #323 MINI ALL4 Racing of Harry Hunt (GBR) and Andreas Schulz (GER) was the fourth MINI ALL4 Racing to be placed within the top ten finishers. This is a remarkable achievement for the young Englishman considering, like Hirvonen, this was his first Dakar event. Consistent racing along with Schulz’s guiding hand of experience definitely made this a Dakar an event the X-raid team driver will never forget.

Hunt: “I’m so happy. I couldn’t have asked for any more really. First Dakar finish and also top ten, so I’m over the moon. It was hard, it was very, very hard but we had a relatively problem-free Dakar. A lot of that was down to Andreas, he’s so calm in the car.”

Orlando Terranova (ARG) and co-driver Bernardo ‘Ronnie’ Graue (ARG) from AXION X-raid Team (#310) also had to apply all their experience to net the top 15 finish they are credited with. Exactly like Roma on Stage 2, Terranova was a victim of deep mud resulting in many lost minutes, which was compounded by another delay due to the terrible weather conditions.

Another MINI ALL4 Racing crew who had to fight against early setback was that of Dutch duo Erik van Loon and Wouter Rosegaar of #306 Van Loon Racing. Completing Dakar inside the top 15 was an astonishing end to an astonishing Dakar, arguably the wettest Dakar on record.

Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski (POL) and Andrei Rudnitski (BLR) of ORLEN Team (#327) are also credited with a top 15 finish for the MINI ALL4 Racing family. Yet again, the decision by a privateer to compete at the 2016 Dakar in a MINI ALL4 Racing paid off. This year was the first year former cross-country bike rider Przygonski had tackled Dakar on four wheels and the result justified his choice of car.

Three other MINI ALL4 Racing family members successfully completed the 2016 Dakar Rally despite overwhelming odds – odds that saw the original startline decimated by the terrain and stress of racing in the harshest conditions imaginable.

Boris Garafulic (CHL) and Filipe Palmeiro (POR) of # 313 X-raid Team will join the crews of Nazareno Lopez (ARG) / Sergio Lafuente (URU) [X-raid Team #351] and Adam Malysz (POL) / Xavier Panseri (FRA) of ORLEN Team (#325) in celebrating their completion of the 2016 Dakar rally.

Once again the Dakar rally showed how it can destroy men and machines in one fell swoop. Therefore, the fact 10 competing MINI ALL4 Racing cars made it to the end of the Dakar pays testament to its design and durability – and also the quality of support from the service and support team from X-raid.

Talking about the 2016 Dakar, Sven Quandt, X-raid Team Manager, said:

“The MINI ALL4 Racing made full use of its strengths and advantages. I congratulate Nasser who, once again, made it to the very top with his pace. Mikko also delivered in sensational style – to make so few mistakes in his first Dakar is truly amazing. It was an extremely gruelling Dakar – not only for the drivers but for the entire team. I’m proud of our crews and our mechanics who never gave up.”

2016 Dakar Rally
Provisional MINI ALL4 Racing standings:

Position Driver Co-driver # Team Time
2 Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT) Mathieu Baumel (FRA) 300 AXION X-raid Team 045:57:08

+0:34:58

4 Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) Michel Périn (FRA) 315 AXION X-raid Team 046:27:28

+ 01:05:18

6 Joan ‘Nani’ Roma (ESP) Alex Haro (ESP) 304 AXION X-raid Team 047:03:16

+01:41:06

10 Harry Hunt (GB) Andreas Schulz (GER) 323 X-raid Team 048:33:40

+03:11:30

12 Orlando Terranova (ARG) Bernardo ‘Ronnie’ Graue (ARG) 310 AXION X-raid Team 050:31:04

+05:08:54

13

 

Erik van Loon (NDL) Wouter Rosegaar (NDL) 306 Van Loon Racing 050:44:23

+05:22:13

16 Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski (POL) Andrei Rudnitski (BLR) 327 ORLEN Team 051:02:10

+05:40:00

23 Boris Garafulic (CHL) Filipe Palmeiro (POR) 313 X-raid Team 054:55:28

+09:33:18

45 Nazareno Lopez (ARG) Sergio Lafuente (URU) 351 X-raid Team 069:53:55

+24:31:45

53 Adam Malysz (POL) Xavier Panseri (FRA) 325 ORLEN Team 074:08:13

+28:46:03

Find more photos and videos in high resolution of previous Dakar participants in the MINI ALL4 Racing on the BMW Media Website by clicking here.

 


MINI wins Dakar 2015

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From BMW Group PressClub Global:

Munich (DE). The MINI brand has achieved further success at the Dakar Rally. After covering more than 9,000 kilometres spanning Argentina, Chile and Bolivia, MINI won the world’s toughest rally for the fourth time in a row. Nasser Al-Attiyah/Mathieu Baumel (QT/FR) crossed the finishing line in the Argentinian capital Buenos Aires (AR) as the overall winners, having won five of the 13 legs in their MINI ALL4 Racing.

“I promised last year when I was on the podium that I’d be back to win, and now I’m here,” said Al-Attiyah. “It was very hard to lead the race from the very beginning and to continue keeping this position on the long distance. Also because the race was really hard. I’m very happy about this great result and I want to thank and congratulate all mechanics and the team for the great job they have done during the two weeks. The MINI ALL4 Racing is an incredible car and it was again very nice to drive.”

“Nasser Al-Attiyah winning the 2015 Dakar Rally in the MINI ALL4 Racing is continuing the success story of MINI at one of the toughest races in motorsport,” said Senior Vice President MINI, Jochen Goller. “I would like to congratulate him and his team to this fantastic achievement, which the worldwide MINI community is obviously delighted about.”

“We always knew there would be many unforeseeable challenges on this 9,000+ kilometer adventure across South America and that the final result remains unpredictable till the very last days of the rally,“ said Goller. “On the other hand we also knew that the x-raid team, the MINI ALL4 Racing and of course all MINI drivers entered the competition extremely well-prepared and for this I want to personally thank the x-raid team head Sven Quandt.“

The “Dakar” entrants faced numerous unforeseeable challenges on the demanding route from Buenos Aires in Argentina via Iquique in Chile and Uyuni in Bolivia. From classic gravel rallying in Argentina and winding mountain roads through the Andes at altitudes of up to 4,500 metres in Bolivia to the extremely dry and hot Atacama Desert in Chile with its towering dunes and fine sand, the “Dakar” tested both man and machine to their limits. The drivers and co-drivers had to remain absolutely focused throughout the event.

The MINI ALL4 Racing provided further impressive evidence of its speed and reliability at the 2015 Dakar Rally. Once again, it proved to be a great all-rounder. “With now four Dakar victories in a row to its name from 2012 to 2015, the MINI ALL4 Racing proved once more to be the car to beat confirming its reliability, strength and agility in a convincing manner,” Goller said. “Our goal this year was to achieve another great overall team result and, with five MINI ALL4 Racing finishing the 2015 Dakar Rally in the top ten, nine MINI ALL4 Racing reaching the finish line, eleven stage victories with four different drivers and Nasser winning the world’s toughest marathon rally, we have successfully met all our targets. During the 2015 Dakar Rally, we have certainly seen the best MINI ALL4 Racing ever, and I am already looking forward to seeing it compete in the 2015 long-distance World Cup in preparation for the 2016 Dakar Rally.”

All in all, the MINI ALL4 Racing won eleven of the 13 legs at this year’s “Dakar”. Five of these were double victories for MINI. No fewer than four MINI ALL4 Racing cars ranked among the top five cars in the overall standings.

Al-Attiyah/Baumel were joined at the top of the table by Krzysztof Holowczyc/Xavier Panseri (PL/FR) in third place overall, while Erik van Loon/Wouter Rosegaar (NL/NL) came in a strong fourth after entering the “Dakar” in the MINI ALL4 Racing for the first time. Vladimir Vasilyev/Konstantin Zhiltsov (RU/RU) – overall winners of the 2014 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country-Rallies in the  MINI ALL4 Racing – finished fifth. Aidyn Rakhimbayev/Anton Nikolaev (KZ/RU) also ranked among the top ten, securing ninth place overall. Nine of the ten MINI ALL4 Racing cars that started the race made it across the finishing line in Buenos Aires.

Results 2015 Dakar Rally.

01 Al-Attiyah/Baumel – MINI ALL4 Racing – 40:32:25h
02 De Villiers/Von Zitzewitz – 41:07:59h
03 Holowczyc/Panseri – MINI ALL4 Racing – 42:04:26h
04 Van Loon/Rosegaar – MINI ALL4 Racing – 43:34:17h
05 Vasilyev/Zhiltsov – MINI ALL4 Racing – 43:45:06h
09 Rakhimbayev/Nikolaev – MINI ALL4 Racing – 44:41:09h
12 Garafulic/Palmeiro – MINI ALL4 Racing – 46:00:34h
13 Zhou/Schulz – MINI ALL4 Racing – 46:07:49h
17 Terranova/Graue – MINI ALL4 Racing – 47:39:19h
21 Schott/Schmidt – MINI ALL4 Racing – 49:51:23h

 

MINI ALL4 Racing 2015 Dakar Rally Lineup.

Monster Energy Rally Raid Team.

#300  Nani Roma/Michel Périn (ES/FR)
#305  Orlando Terranova/Bernardo „Ronnie“ Graue (AR/AR)
#306  Krzysztof Holowczyc/Xavier Panseri (PL/FR)

X-raid Team.

#310 Vladimir Vasilyev/Konstantin Zhiltsov (RU/RU)
#314 Erik van Loon/Wouter Rosegaar (NL/NL)
#319 Boris Garafulic/Filipe Palmeiro (CL/PT)
#329 Aidyn Rakhimbayev/Anton Nikolaev (KZ/RU)
#332 Zhou Yong/Andreas Schulz (CN/DE)
#334 Stephan Schott/Holm Schmidt (DE/DE)

Qatar Rally Team.

#301  Nasser Al-Attiyah/Mathieu Baumel (QT/FR)


Dakar Rally MINI ad

VICTORY TASTES SWEET, AND A LITTLE SANDY. print ad
MINI USA has been flooding the magazine rack with MINI Paceman ads over the past few months. But they also created this print ad to celebrate winning the Dakar Rally in 2012 and 2013.

VICTORY TASTES SWEET, AND A LITTLE SANDY.

Back-to-back wins in the Dakar Rally in 2012 and 2013. We would like to give a big thank-you to all of our fans. Here’s to 5,344 miles of incredible MINI ALL4 Racing performance and another year of kicking up sand.

MINI. LET’S RALLY.

This ad can be found in the May 2013 issue of Popular Mechanics on page 10.

Further into the same issue is a special advertising section titled “MINI Mauler” on the MINI Countryman converted to the MINI ALL4 Racing.  The four-page advertisement article is found on pages 81 through 84, 86, 88. 90, 92, and 94.

See more photos and video on the Popular Mechanics Top Shop 2013 website.