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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


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


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


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




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


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


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


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


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


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.


X-raid Team MINI ALL4 Racing wins Dakar 2013

X-raid Team MINI ALL4 Racing No. 302

The X-raid Team nearly filled the entire podium at Dakar 2013, taking three of the top four spots.  Stéphane Peterhansel and Jean-Paul Cottret repeated as winners in the No. 302 MINI ALL4 Racing.

From BMW Group PressClub Global:

Munich/Santiago de Chile. It seems nothing can stand in their way. The French duo of Stéphane Peterhansel and co-driver Jean-Paul Cottret have won the Dakar Rally 2013 in a MINI ALL4 Racing in a repeat of last year’s success. With their overall time of 38:32.39, the lead pairing of the privately-entered Monster Energy X-raid Team from Trebur, Germany crossed the finish line in Santiago de Chile 42:22 minutes ahead of their nearest pursuers in the overall classification. For Peterhansel, his second victory in the MINI ALL4 Racing was also the 11th of his career in the Dakar.

“This is a magnificent triumph and I would like to offer our congratulations on behalf of MINI not only to Stéphane Peterhansel and Jean-Paul Cottret, but also to Sven Quandt’s entire X-raid Team,” enthused Dr Kay Segler, Senior Vice President MINI Brand Management. “The victory of the MINI ALL4 Racing last year was without doubt a surprise for many people. But now it is clear to everyone that this was no fluke. Anyone who comes home first after 8,600 kilometres (approx. 5,300 miles) in the world’s toughest rally has achieved something amazing. We are incredibly proud to count these fantastic competitors as part of the MINI family.”

As last year, the X-raid Team was again the dominant force in the Dakar Rally 2013. Peterhansel took over at the top of the overall classification after only two stages – and defended his lead all the way to the finish. The chasing pack included the pairing of Leonid Novitskiy and Konstantin Zhiltsov in another MINI ALL4 Racing, who eventually finished the Dakar Rally 2013 in third place.

DakarGeneral Ranking:

1     S. Peterhansel  / J.-P. Cottret MINI ALL4 Racing       38h 32m 39s
3     L. Novitskiy  / K. Zhiltsov  MINI ALL4 Racing              40h 01m 01s
4     N. Roma / M. Périn MINI ALL4 Racing                      40h 09m 22s
12   B. Garafulic / G. Picard MINI ALL4 Racing                 43h 18m 59s
48   S. Schott / H. Schmidt MINI ALL4 Racing                  61h 08m 16s

See more photos in the X-raid Team Dakar 2013 photo gallery.


MINI at the Dakar 2013

Dakar 2013 MINI ALL4 Racing.

Tomorrow marks the start of the Dakar 2013 rally for the X-raid Team.  The desert race runs from January 5th to 20th starting in Lima, Peru and finishing in Santiago, Chile.  Stéphane Peterhansel and the X-raid Team are the defending champions from 2012.

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The MINI Motorsport website has Dakar 2013 information including the car (MINI ALL4 Racing Countryman), the X-raid Team, and the route.

View the X-raid Team website with vehicle specifications and Dakar 2013 photos.

Official Dakar links:

Download the free official mobile app from the Android Market or Apple App Store.


X-raid Team wins Baja Spain in their MINI ALL4 Racing

X-raid Team MINI at Baja Spain 2012

[Photo by MCH Photo www.facebook.com/mchphoto.cz]

Stéphane Peterhansel and Jean-Paul Cottret continued their winning ways taking the Baja Spain 2012 in their MINI ALL4 Racing.  Another MINI made the podium when Khalifa Al Mutaiwei and Andreas Schulz placed second in their MINI ALL4 Racing.

From the X-raid Team Facebook page:

What a success for Team X-raid in the Baja Spain! In the first event following the rally break, the Trebur based team secured a fantastic result. French pairing Stéphane Peterhansel / Jean-Paul Cottret won the event with their green MINI ALL4 Racing, with Dubai’s Khalifa Al Mutaiwei and his German co-driver Andreas Schulz taking their MINI All4 Racing to second position. While Frenchman Jean-Louis Schlesser, Al Mutaiwei’s toughest opponent in the battle for the title, had to settle for finishing seventh, in the fourth round of the FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup.

In two of the four stages, Peterhansel was faster than his opponents. He won the 5.39-kilometre prologue on Friday and also proved to be the quickest in the second special stage (98.06km) on Saturday. Al Mutaiwei also delivered in great style, in Spain, and shone particularly on Sunday by winning the final special stage. He covered the 202.35 kilometres faster than anybody else, thus working his way up in the overall standings to finish runner-up.

“A very, very good result,” said X-raid Team Manager Sven Quandt. “Just great that Khalifa really went for it, today, and succeeded in passing Gadasin. In the previous special stages we mainly focused on consistency and doing so proved to be the perfect approach. And what can I say about Stéphane? He drove another very good rally and demonstrated that our new suspension works well.”

Meanwhile, a part of the Monster Energy X-raid Team travelled to Argentina, a few days ago. The reason: the Desafío Litoral, a rally on the Dakar Series calendar. In this event, Team X-raid will be represented by Nani Roma (ESP) and Michel Périn (FRA) in the yellow MINI ALL4 Racing as well as two BMW X3 CC vehicles that will be raced by Orlando Terranova (ARG) / Paulo Fiuza (POR) and Boris Garafulic (CHI) / Gilles Picard (FRA). Over the course of the six-day rally that will be started at Iguazu, well-known for its imposing waterfalls, the competitors will have to cover some 1600 kilometres to the finish Resistencia.

Overall Results:

1. S. Peterhansel (FRA) / J.-P. Cottret (FRA) MINI ALL4 Racing – 6:07:20
2. K. Al Mutaiwei (UAE) / A. Schulz (GER) MINI ALL4 Racing – 6:12:24
3. V. Vasilyev (RUS) / V. Yevtyekhov (RUS) G-Force Proto – 6:18:10
4. B. Gadasin (RUS) / D. Shchemel (RUS) G-Force Proto – 6:21:27
5. C.Casuneanu (ROU) / Z.Maurilio (ROU) Mitsubishi Racing Lancer – 6:24:47
6. M.Zapletal (CZE) / M.Marton (POL) Offroad Sport BMW X3 CC – 6:36:29
7. J.Schlesser (FRA) / C.Zhiltsov (RUS) Sonangol Schlesser – 6:41:11
8. Y.Kuznetso (RUS) / R.Elagin (RUS) Mitsubishi Pajero Evo – 6:44:02
9. MTraglio / R.Tornabel (ESP) Nissan Pathfinder – 6:47:10
10. J.Dinis (PRT) / L.Tirano (PRT) Mitsubishi Pajero DID – 7:01:16

MINI wins the Dakar 2012

X-raid Team MINI No. 302
MINI has won the 2012 Dakar rally.  More exactly, X-raid Team driver Stéphane Peterhansel and co-pilot Jean-Paul Cottret won the South American rally in their No. 302 MINI ALL4 Racing.  There is another MINI on the podium as the X-raid Team MINI No. 305 took second place.  All five X-raid Team MINIs finished in the top ten.

01 #302 Peterhansel/Cottret MINI 38:54:46
02 #305 Roma/Périn MINI 39:36:42
03 #301 De Villiers/von Zitzewitz Toyota 40:08:11
04 #312 Novitskiy/Schulz MINI 41:06:40
05 #303 Gordon/Campbell Hummer 41:11:39
06 #319 Alvarez/Graue Toyota 43:00:38
07 #307 Sousa/Garcin Great Wall 43:25:10
08 #309 Leal dos Santos/Fiuza MINI 43:58:04
09 #314 Ten Brinke/Baumel Mitsubishi 44:06:04
10 #304 Holowczyc/Fortin MINI 45:54:24

See the final results on the Dakar website.

View X-raid Team photos from their Facebook album and website gallery.

MINI at the Dakar 2012

Dakar 2012 MINI ALL4 Racing

Tomorrow marks the start of 2012 and for the X-raid Team it is the start of the Dakar 2012 rally.  The desert race runs from January 1st to 15th starting in Mar del Plata, Argentina and finishing in Lima Peru.  The X-raid Team entered five MINI ALL4 Racing Countryman rally cars.

The MINI Motorsport website has Dakar 2012 information including the car (MINI ALL4 Racing Countryman), the X-raid Team, and the route.

View the X-raid Team website with vehicle specifications and a Dakar 2012 photo gallery.

DakarOfficial Dakar links:

Download the official mobile app from the Android Market (free) or Apple App Store ($0.99).