2017 Dakar Rally
09 Jan 2017
2017 Dakar Rally – Stage 7: La Paz
– Uyuni, 622 km
- Hirvonen earnings to form with 4th place theatre finish
- Top 10 theatre finishes for Al Rajhi, Garafulic and Terranova
- Hirvonen maintains tip 5 position overall
Munich. A full day’s racing resumed during a 2017 Dakar today,
with a revised Stage 7 track that integrated some of a locations
from a cancelled Stage 6 into a highway book. After bad weather
conditions caused Stage 5 to be condensed and Stage 6 cancelled,
yesterday’s rest day supposing a ideal event for organisers
to change a initial partial of a marathon theatre today. The Dakar
website referred to a new highway book as an unprecedented
multiple of a strange routes, with a drivers doing conflict on
mostly sandy turf for dual of a day’s categorical sections.
The multiple of a sandy theatre and dual days’ rest seemed to work
good for Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) and Michel Perin (FRA) as a pair
showed a lapse to form in a #303 MINI John Cooper Works Rally car.
The Finn finished today’s territory of a competition in 4th position, just
over 5 mins behind a competition leader to say 5th place
in a altogether standings.
The rest also benefitted associate MINI John Cooper Works Rally driver,
Yazeed Al Rajhi (KSA), who is now recovered from his week one illness.
He and co-driver Timo Gottschalk (DEU) were a second X-raid Team to
finish today’s stage, channel a finish line in 8th
place in a #306 car. His central altogether position is still to be
reliable following an appeal.
The third MINI John Cooper Works Rally automobile (#308) finished Stage 7
only dual places behind Al Rajhi in 10th place. The
unchanging performances of Orlando Terranova (ARG) and co-driver
Andreas Schulz (GER) sees them say 7th position
overall, reduction than 5 mins behind their closest opposition in
Sandwiched between Al Rajhi and Terranova in 9th place
currently was Boris Garafulic (ARG) and co-driver Filipe Palmeiro (POR) in
a #314 MINI ALL4 Racing. Today’s finish was adequate to say the
pair’s 9th position in a altogether tip ten.
Still one position forward of them in a categorical competition is Jakub Przygonski
(POL) and Tom Colsoul (BEL), who are 8th altogether notwithstanding a
severe theatre currently in a #316 MINI ALL4 Racing that saw them
The remaining 3 MINI ALL4 Racing pairings also finished Stage 7
with Mohamed Abu Issa (QAT) and Xavier Panseri (FRA) finishing in
16th, forward of Stephan Schott (GER) and Paulo Fiuza (POR) in
25th. The final MINI ALL4 Racing of Sylvio deBarros (BR)
and Rafael Capoani (BR) finished in 30th.
The second partial of a marathon theatre will skip from Uyuni barracks
tomorrow (10-01-2017) and is scheduled to finish in Salta, a total
stretch of 892 km.
2017 Dakar Rally: MINI Family standings altogether after Stage 7.
Michel Périn (FRA)
Tom Colsoul (BEL)
Mohamed Abu Issa
Sylvio de Barros
Rafael Capoani (IT)
Paulo Fiuza (POR)
Yazeed Al Rajhi
*subject to appeal