2017 Dakar Rally – Stage 3: San Miguel de Tucumán – San Salvador de Jujuy, 780 km

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2017 Dakar Rally

04 Jan 2017


2017 Dakar Rally – Stage 3:
San Miguel de Tucumán – San Salvador de Jujuy, 780 km


  • Four MINI cars in tip 10 overall
  • Fourth place finish in Stage 3 for Hirvonen
  • Top 10 finishes for Terranova, Al Rajhi and Przygonski


Munich. Day 3 of a 2017 Dakar Rally signalled a first
off-terrain theatre in this year’s event, with hurdles combined by the
boost in altitude to some-more than 5,000 metres. Unpredictable
weather, trimming from boiling temperatures reaching an estimated
36 degrees to sleet during 4,000 metres, supposing serve tests for the
drivers and navigators as they raced towards today’s finish line in
San Salvador de Jujuy.


It was a prolonged day, with a initial cars starting to choice during 9.35am
to start a 780km stage, though it was a day that valid successful for
a MINI competitors. X-raid Team’s Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) and Michel
Périn (FRA) in a series 303 MINI John Cooper Works Rally automobile enjoyed
a utterly clever performance, competing within a tip 3 for
most of a theatre before securing a fourth place finish. Today’s
outcome moves a span into 4th place altogether in the
standings and is a sign of a intensity demonstrated by the
Finnish motorist during his Dakar entrance with MINI final year.


A confident Hirvonen said: “Today was unequivocally good; all was
operative perfectly. Michel did a good pursuit in a commencement so we had a
unequivocally good run. It was a small bit technical and twisty in places
though we feel like that’s a best place for us to quarrel opposite others
so we unequivocally pushed like ruin in a corners. We have a mountains
behind in Finland so a altitude was no problem though when we are above
a 5,000 metres there was thunderstorms and a small bit of snow. It
was unequivocally pleasing view. Everything went good though we have to go day
by day to secure altogether success.”


Fellow X-raid Team competitors Yazeed Al-Rajhi (KSA) and co-driver
Timo Gottschalk (GER) done a clever start to a day in a MINI John
Cooper Works Rally #306, climbing to third place by a finish of WP1.
However, with tighten foe from a series of other cars, a pair
slipped behind after in a theatre to finish a important 7th
place and say 6th position overall.


Talking about Stage 3, Al-Rajhi said: “It was unequivocally formidable for us.
we was ill and that done it formidable to concentration and drive. we only kept
perplexing and anticipating that we would finish…and we finished!”


Another dual MINI cars assimilated Hirvonen and Al Rajhi in a altogether top
10 by a finish of today’s stage. Following beating during their
theatre 2 opening yesterday, Orlando Terranova (ARG) and co-driver
Andreas Schulz (GER) in a MINI John Cooper Works Rally #308 put
their knowledge to good use today. A clever conflict from a pairing
saw them bind a 6th place finish to stand to
8th on a altogether personality board.


Terranova: “It was a loyal Dakar theatre today. We started a small bit
behind though we had good gait and managed to finish in a clever position.”


Jakub Przygonski (POL) and Tom Colsoul (BEL) in a MINI ALL4 Racing
#316 climbed to 9th in a standings after placing
10th in today’s stage. A severe WP1 valid contrast for
a pair, though they confirmed concentration to urge consistently throughout
a day to grasp their aspiration of violation into a tip ten.


Przygonski: “It was utterly a prolonged and tough theatre with tough terrain
and formidable navigation during a beginning. There was a lot of big
holes and stones that slowed down a gait a small though afterwards the
theatre changes to be some-more WRC character and that partial was unequivocally fun in a car.”


Improvements were also seen from X-raid Team’s Mohamed Abu Issa (QAT)
and Xavier Panseri (FRA) who continue to learn during their initial race
together. They piloted a #322 MINI ALL4 Racing to 16th
place today, relocating them adult to 15th overall.


Stage 3 also valid successful for Boris Garafulic (ARG) and Filipe
Palmeiro (POR) who finished in 14th position, to stand to
17th in a standings.


Sylvio deBarros (BR) and Rafael Capoani (BR) crossed a line just
behind them in 15th position to stand 8 places in the
altogether standings to 18th.


Stephan Schott (GER) and Paulo Fiuza (POR) also softened today,
climbing 8 places to 20th overall.


Tomorrow’s (05-01-2017) shorter Stage 4 starts in San Salvador de
Jujuy and completes in Tupiza, a sum stretch of 521 km.


2017 Dakar Rally: MINI Family standings altogether after Stage 3.









Mikko Hirvonen

Michel Périn (FRA)






Yazeed Al-Rajhi

Timo Gottschalk


X-raid Team




Orlando Terranova

Andreas Schulz


X-raid Team




Jakub Przygonski

Tom Colsoul (BEL)






Mohamed Abu Issa

Xavier Panseri


X-raid Team




Boris Garafulic

Filipe Palmeiro


X-raid Team




Sylvio de Barros

Rafael Capoani (IT)






Stephan Schott

Paulo Fiuza (POR)