2017 Dakar Rally gets underneath approach with 454 km Stage 1: Asunción

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2017 Dakar Rally

02 Jan 2017

 

2017 Dakar Rally gets underneath approach with 454 km Stage 1:
Asunción

Resistencia

 

  • Two MINI John Cooper Works Rally take tip 10 positions
  • Al-Rajhi completes Stage 1 in seventh place; Hirvonen in ninth
  • All 8 members of a MINI Family finish Stage 1

 

Munich. The 2017 Dakar Rally (2-14th January)
finally got underway with Stage 1, Asunción, a collateral city of
Paraguay, to Resistencia, Argentina. The 454 km track enclosed a 39
km Special Stage that sets a starting sequence for tomorrow’s
(03-01-2017) Stage 2.

 

Following an dusk of pre-race celebrations that saw thousands of
Dakar convene fans line a streets of Asunción before dancing a night
away, a central competition start to a 39th book of Dakar
has finally arrived. Eight crews make adult a MINI Family for this
year’s Dakar and all 8 got divided from a start line to start what
is expected to be a toughest Dakar for some years.

 

All 8 crews of a MINI Family successfully started and completed
Stage 1. The ensuing finish sequence was always going to produce
intensely tighten racing with everybody pulling tough to get good a
result. This indeed valid to be a case.

 

X-raid Team’s Yazeed Al-Rajhi (KSA) and co-driver Timo Gottschalk
(GER) – in a new MINI John Cooper Works Rally #306 – finished
seventh and a tip placed member of a MINI Family.

 

Al-Rajhi: “At this theatre all is ok. We try to do a best and not
make any mistakes. The theatre was unequivocally rough, not easy, formidable and
tough for a automobile also. But we finish with no problem.”

 

Just 14 seconds distant Al-Rajhi from associate X-raid Team twin of
Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) and Michel Périn (FRA) in a second of a three
new MINI John Cooper Works Rally cars to entrance during a 2017 Dakar
Rally. Hirvonen’s knowledge from his initial Dakar final year stood him
in good stead since he finished also inside a tip 10 in ninth position.

 

Talking about his initial competition in a MINI John Cooper Works Rally,
Hirvonen said: “The initial day is now behind us. Now we can start the
correct racing tomorrow. No dramas today, really. I’m utterly happy with
how currently went and how a automobile is working. The theatre was flattering fast;
one or dual startling bumps and holes here and there though differently all
is ok.”

 

Despite small contrast time in a chair of a MINI John Cooper Works
Rally (#308), Orlando Terranova (ARG) and co-driver Andreas Schulz
(GER), also of X-raid Team, showed loyal rival suggestion by taking
11th place – usually 4 seconds behind Hirvonen.

 

“It was nice,” pronounced Terranova. “The automobile is ideal and illusory for
Dakar. We don’t make notes; we expostulate like cross-country. The competition is
on and we took a small risk – we wanted to be in a tip 10 to have
a good start. It was formidable but records since a gait was unequivocally fast.”

 

Jakub Przygonski (POL) and Tom Colsoul (BEL) was a initial of the
MINI Family to finish Stage 1 during a controls of an iconic MINI ALL4
Racing (#316). The ORLEN Team twin finished in a tip fifteen with a
plain 14th place.

 

The residue of a X-raid Team crews also done it to a finish of
Stage 1 prepared to start their conflict and chip divided during a leading
positions over a march of a subsequent 12 days.

 

Three some-more MINI ALL4 Racing of X-raid Team finished in a early top
30. Last notation entries to Dakar, Sylvio deBarros (BR) and Rafael
Capoani (BR) finished in 21st place in their MINI ALL4
Racing (#339). Following adult in tighten arrangement were a MINI Family
crews of Boris Garafulic (CHL) / Filipe Palmeiro (POR) and Mohamed Abu
Issa (QAT) / Xavier Panseri (FRA) in 22nd and
23rd respectively. Stephan Schott (GER) and Paulo Fiuza
(POR) finished Stage 1 in 31st place, only 5min 18 secs behind
a heading car!

 

Tomorrow’s (03-01-2017) Stage 2 starts in Resistencia, Argentina and
completes in San Miguel de Tucumán, a sum stretch of 803 km.

 

2017 Dakar Rally: Stage 1,
Asunción

Resistencia
, 454 km. MINI Family standings.

 

Position

Driver

Co-driver

#

Team

Time

7

Yazeed Al-Rajhi
(KSA)

Timo Gottschalk
(GER)

306

X-raid Team

00:26:47

+00:01:06

9

Mikko Hirvonen
(FIN)

Michel Périn (FRA)

303

X-raid
Team

00:27:01

+00:01:20

11

Orlando Terranova
(ARG)

Andreas Schulz
(GER)

308

X-raid Team

00:27:05

+00:01:24

14

Jakub Przygonski
(POL)

Tom Colsoul (BEL)

316

ORLEN
Team

00:27:28

+00:01:47

21

Sylvio de Barros
(BR)

Rafael Capoani (IT)

339

X-raid
Team

00:28:48

+00:03:07

22

Boris Garafulic
(CHL)

Filipe Palmeiro
(POR)

314

X-raid Team

00:28:59

+00:03:18

23

Mohamed Abu Issa
(QAT)

Xavier Panseri
(FRA)

322

X-raid Team

00:29:02

+00:03:21

31

Stephan Schott
(GER)

Paulo Fiuza (POR)

325

X-raid
Team

00:30:59

00:05:18