MINI Family prepared and watchful for a start of a 2017 Dakar Rally

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2017 Dakar Rally

01 Jan 2017


MINI Family prepared and watchful for a start of a 2017 Dakar Rally


  • 2017 Dakar Rally is entrance competition for a new MINI John Cooper Works Rally
  • Terranova and Schulz to competition in a MINI John Cooper Works Rally
  • Brazilian convene twin Barros and Capoani join a MINI family during Dakar


Munich. The 2017 Dakar Rally (2-14th January) is
usually hours divided from a energetically awaited starting time. Over 300
vehicles consisting of cars, trucks motorcycles and quads carrying
scarcely 500 competitors are readied and watchful for a start of the
biggest off-road racing philharmonic to be devised. When a start
dwindle drops, 316 vehicles will competition 9000 km of sundry terrain, the
elements and any other to grasp a honour of completing the
Dakar Rally.


Three countries will play their partial in a 39th edition
of a Dakar Rally. The starting indicate this year is Asunción, the
collateral city of Paraguay. As a 12 stages of a 2017 Dakar Rally
unfolds; a competitors will cranky into Bolivia before completing
(14th January) in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


Already in place after scrutineering and prepared for a start are the
8 MINI crews that make adult this year’s MINI Family to competition the
2017 Dakar Rally.


Unfortunately, Bryce Menzies (USA) has had to step behind from this
year’s Dakar after a prior damage compulsory medicine and further
rehabilitation. Although a formidable preference to make with usually a few
days to go to a start of a 2017 Dakar Rally, X-raid and Menzies
jointly opted for a ‘health-first’ proceed in sequence to grasp a full
liberation before a 2017 racing season.


The X-raid Team MINI John Cooper Works Rally of Menzies and co-driver
Peter Mortensen (USA) will now be raced by a unequivocally gifted twin of
Orlando Terranova (ARG) and co-driver Andreas Schulz (GER).


Talking before a start of a 2017 Dakar Rally, associate X-raid Team
motorist Mikko Hirvonen (FIN), who finished fourth in his initial Dakar
competition in 2016, said: “Nothing still beats a believe from a Dakar
itself so we only need to be common and combine unequivocally tough for
any day.” Hirvonen is assimilated in a cockpit of a new MINI John
Cooper Works Rally with his unchanging co-driver Michel Périn (FRA).


Also during a controls of a new MINI John Cooper Works Rally is the
pairing of Yazeed Al-Rajhi (KSA) and co-driver Timo Gottschalk (GER).
Like a rest of a MINI Family, Al-Rajhi is prepared and watchful to
start a 2017 Dakar Rally: “Everything is in place: we have a great
car; a good co-pilot with Timo; and a good group to support us.”


Five other crews make adult a MINI Family competing during a 2017 Dakar
Rally to make it a truly general family of cross-country convene specialists.


Jakub Przygonski (POL) and Tom Colsoul (BEL) competition during Dakar under
a ensign of ORLEN Team. Przygonski’s believe with a MINI ALL4
Racing increasing during 2016 and he and Colsoul are also penetrating for the
Dakar to get underneath way.


Also competing in iconic MINI ALL4 Racing cars for X-Raid Team are
Boris Garafulic (CHL) and Filipe Palmeiro (POR), along with Mohamed
Abu Issa (QAT) // Xavier Panseri (FRA), and Stephan Schott (GER) //
Paulo Fiuza (POR). Joining a MINI Family during a 2017 Dakar Rally is
a Brazilian pairing of Sylvio de Barros and Rafael Capoani.


Once again this general rope of drivers and co-drivers of the
MINI Family competition during a Dakar Rally with a believe that full
competition support comes from a gifted hands of MINI motorsport
partner X-raid. This believe includes a MINI constraint of four
unbroken Dakar Rally wins (2012-2015), and 4 FIA World crater titles.


2017 Dakar Rally – a MINI Family line-up