Over halfway through the 2015 Dakar Rally, a pretty impressive showing for MINI ALL4 Racing this week.
MINI ALL4 teams persevered through endless sand dunes, high altitudes, non-existent roads, and emerged victorious in 7 out of 8 stages in the first part of the Dakar race, ending on January 12th. There are five stages remaining, leading up to the finish line in Buenos Aires on January 17th. Currently in first place overall is the Qatar Rally team of Nasser Al-Attiyah (Qatar) and Mathieu Baumel (France) driving their MINI ALL4 car with a total time of 26 hours 41 minutes and 15 seconds. MINI ALL4 cars account for 3 out of the top six teams in the overall ranking. MINI entered the race with ten modified MINI ALL4 vehicles, all of which are still in the running. Nani Roma, the defending 3-year champion and veteran driver, is lagging behind in 23rd place. But with 5 stages to go, a lot can happen in the coming days. In any event, it does seem that MINI ALL 4 has a pretty good chance of claiming the overall title again this year.
Here are the rankings for MINI ALL4 teams as of 1/12/15:
Overall classification after leg 8 (Top 6).
1st Place: Al-Attiyah/Baumel - MINI ALL4 Racing - 26:41:15h
4th Place: Holowczyc/Panseri – MINI ALL4 Racing - 27:35:53h
6th Place: Van Loon/Rosegaar – MINI ALL4 Racing - 28:07:06
And in case you missed it, here is the complete MINI ALL4 team roster:
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)
#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)
For more pics and information about the MINI ALL4 teams and their vehicles, click here.
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