2017 Dakar Rally – Leading MINI John Cooper Works convene automobile completes final theatre (Stage 12): Rio Cuarto – Buenos Aires, 786 km in 6th overall

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2017 Dakar Rally

14 Jan 2017


2017 Dakar Rally – Leading MINI John Cooper Works convene car
completes final theatre (Stage 12): Rio Cuarto – Buenos Aires, 786 km
in 6th overall


  • All 3 MINI John Cooper Works Rally cars finish their initial Dakar
  • Three MINI in a tip 10 notwithstanding impassioned hurdles of this event
  • 7 out of 8 MINI entries finish full 2017 Dakar distance


Munich. Another sparkling nonetheless serious Dakar has come to an
finish currently with all 3 new MINI John Cooper Works Rally cars
successfully completing their initial ever Dakar – demonstrating that
a newest cars in a family are set to follow in the
ultra-reliable tyre marks of their predecessor, a MINI ALL4
Racing. Seven out of all 8 MINI competitors who entered a 2017
Dakar finished a route.


The 2017 Dakar has, as always, delivered a singular set of challenges
for a drivers and co-drivers dauntless adequate to tackle it. Poor weather
conditions and associated flooding have caused a termination of two
stages and a rebate in stretch of others, heading to a detriment of
some of a many technical tools of a lane from a march and a
sum stretch of 1,400 km reduction than planned.


For MINI, Orlando Terranova (ARG) and Andreas Schulz (GER) were the
resplendent stars in this respect, finishing 6th in a general
standings on Terranova’s home turf. Terranova: “It was a good race; a
unequivocally formidable initial week for us and we done many mistakes that lost
us time, yet a second week was better. The stages were prolonged and the
navigation was difficult, yet a automobile was illusory and we are happy.”


In a early stages of a competition yet it was Mikko Hirvonen (FIN)
and Michel Perin (FRA) who looked to be a widespread MINI force in the
#303 MINI John Cooper Works Rally. The Finn looked in a strong
position to plea for a place on a final lectern in usually his
second Dakar, yet maritime problems during after stages meant
that was not to be. The span finished a march in an detrimental 13th.


Hirvonen: “This was unequivocally some-more formidable and serious than my
initial Dakar. Although things didn’t work out in a end, in the
commencement of a competition we were creation a good gait and we were really
happy. A lot of a problems we were faced were all in one day but
that is partial of a diversion of Dakar. we enjoyed it and it was a real
adventure; we done it to a finish and I’m happy with that. The automobile was
operative good and we consider with a improvements that had been done with
a automobile we had a genuine possibility of being adult on a podium, yet it was
usually not meant to be this year. we unequivocally enjoyed a theatre where we
were in a high altitude since even yet that’s where things went
wrong for us, it was pleasing above a 5,000 metres and there are
lots of stories to tell from there.”


The altitude in a tip sections of a march has proved
formidable for some this year though, even for gifted drivers.
MINI’s Yazeed Al Rajhi (KSA) suffered from serious illness in the
initial partial of a event, heading to a proxy withdrawal from the
eventuality on Stage 4, before re-entering a following day on Stage 5,
that combined a 12-hour chastisement to a execution time of a #306 MINI
John Cooper Works Rally Car. Without that variable delay, Al Rajhi
and co-driver Timo Gottschalk (DEU) would have finished 20 places
aloft than their contingent 27th, that is still theme to appeal.


Al Rajhi: “We enjoyed a Dakar a lot yet we consider a altitude was
not good for health reasons and it was too most for my body. we hope
subsequent year a march takes us step by step into a high altitude. The
MINI was unequivocally strong; each other automobile had technical problems yet with
a MINI there were no technical issues, usually motorist mistakes.”


The MINI ALL4 Racing continued to be a clever and consistent
performer, with a #316 MINI ALL4 Racing of Jakub Przygonski (POL)
and Tom Colsoul (BEL) completing a 2017 Dakar in 7th.


Przygonski: “This was indeed a tough Dakar, a lot of tough moments and
formidable navigation with large speed yet we enjoyed racing together.
We’re unequivocally happy to be in a tip 10 and feel we got a strong
result, it feels like a outrageous disproportion from my initial Dakar final year
and we am usually removing faster.”


For Mohamed Abu Issa (QAT) and co-driver Xavier Panseri (FRA), the
2017 Dakar has been a conspicuous achievement. This was a initial ever
Dakar in a automobile for Abu Issa who is improved famous for racing quads at
a event. The pair’s plain performances, upheld by a reliability
of a #322 MINI ALL4 Racing, have helped them finish in 10th.


Abu Issa: “This Dakar was unequivocally opposite for me; it was my fourth but
3 of them were in a quad so this was my initial in a car. I’m not
certain if this one was tough since a hurdles are opposite in a
automobile than a quad, we can't review yet we know it was still tough. I
chose, we think, a best group in terms of car, spares and everything;
they taught me a lot. The whole indicate for me is to learn so this Dakar
was like a propagandize for me and we schooled from Xavier, who is an amazing
co-driver, as good as Sven and a whole team. we wish to win a Dakar
in a automobile one day and this is where we start. we have churned emotions to
finish, we can’t wait to see my family yet we am unhappy that Dakar is over.”


The gifted Stephan Schott (GER) finished another Dakar, this
time with navigation support from co-driver Paulo Fiuza (POR). The
span finished a 2017 convene in 15th.


Schott:” It’s a good feeling to finish. The group did a unequivocally good
pursuit and my co-pilot Paulo did a ideal job. This is a initial time I
finished in 15th so I’m unequivocally happy with that. On one hand
it was a good Dakar with unequivocally good and tough stages yet we think, in
Bolivia, it was not a right time and place. With so many
cancellations we did not have as most competition as we would have liked.”


Sylvio de Barros (BR) and Rafael Capoani (BR) finished their first
Dakar in a MINI in 18th. Barros: “ Dakar was great, it was
such a illusory experience. we never illusory with 300 cars that we
could get as mislaid as we could! The automobile was great, it was bulletproof
as Sven had told us. we came here 10 years ago on a motorbike in
2007and couldn’t finish, in 2008 we was behind and it was cancelled so I
am so happy to have finished a stretch this year and we have
totally opposite memories of a Dakar now than we had when we came here.”

Boris Garafulic (CHL) and Filipe Palmeiro (POR) were a usually pairing
not to grasp full competition stretch in a #314 MINI ALL4 Racing,
selecting to retire usually yesterday on a penultimate stage. They had
finished a prior day (Stage 10) in 7th in a altogether standings.


Reflecting on a event, X-raid Team Manager, Sven Quandt said: “It
was a tiresome Dakar – and this does not usually request to a sport.
This year, a conditions were intensely formidable for everybody. The
feverishness in a early stages with temperatures of some-more than 40° C, then
a Bolivian heights with an altitude of adult to 4000 metres above sea
turn – and in addition, all a sleet and a cold.

This was physically and mentally intensely demanding. Nonetheless,
a mechanics did a illusory pursuit and displayed a lot of staying
power. If we are fibbing next a automobile in a rain, with sand everywhere
and a H2O using down your collar… that’s anything yet funny.


“Our MINI racers once again demonstrated their reliability, this
year. But unfortunately, a law factors with their impact we
can’t change prevented us from securing improved results. For instance,
a diesel powered all-wheel expostulate cars are clearly penalised by the
regulations in a fast, rough sections we had to competition this year,
that were intensely perfectionist for a MINI and there we had no chance
opposite a buggies. Therefore, we will concentration even some-more on the
two-wheel drive, in a future.”


The remaining 7 MINI cars, drivers and co-drivers are currently
en lane to a lectern ceremony.


2017 Dakar Rally: MINI Family standings altogether during full competition distance.









Orlando Terranova

Andreas Schulz


X-raid Team




Jakub Przygonski

Tom Colsoul (BEL)






Mohamed Abu Issa

Xavier Panseri


X-raid Team




Mikko Hirvonen

Michel Périn (FRA)






Stephan Schott

Paulo Fiuza (POR)






Sylvio de Barros

Rafael Capoani (BR)






Yazeed Al Rajhi

Timo Gottschalk


X-raid Team



*subject to appeal