MINI dominates stage 9 at the 2014 Dakar Rally // Stéphane
Peterhansel leads a pack of four MINI ALL4 Racing.
Munich (DE). Stéphane Peterhansel (FR) in his black MINI ALL4 Racing
topped the timesheets on stage 9 at the 2014 Dakar Rally. The Monster
Energy X-raid Team driver dominated today's 422km-long stage from
Calama to Iquique (both CL) and finished 2:17 minutes in front of his
MINI teammate Nasser Al-Attiyah (QT) in the predominantly white MINI
ALL4 Racing car.
Today's route led to the most northerly point of the Dakar, the city
of Iquique. The drivers had to tackle the infamous Atacama desert, the
driest place on earth. A real challenge for the cars and drivers
likewise. Once again, the MINI ALL4 Racing car, which is based on the
MINI John Cooper Works Countryman, proved its reliability and
competitiveness under tough conditions.
"I'm really satisfied with today's stage," Stéphane
Peterhansel said after crossing the line in Iquique. "The Atacama
desert is one of the biggest challenges at the Dakar Rally. It was a
trouble free day for us and I'm really confident for the rest of the
Dakar Rally. My co-driver Jean-Paul Cottret and the whole team are
doing a great job."
Today, Peterhansel led a pack of four MINI ALL4 Racing cars. Joan
"Nani" Roma (ES), who is still leading the overall
classification in front of Peterhansel, finished in 3rd, Orlando
Terranova (AR) was in 4th place.
On Wednesday the drivers will head south from Iquique to Antofagasta.
The 631km-long stage 10 will be divided into two parts. The first 231
kilometres will be held on sand and soil. The second, 215km-long part
will be characterised by gravel and sand, the so-called "fesh
fesh" sand, which is extremely fine. Once again, the drivers have
to be really careful not to get stuck with their cars.
Dakar Rally Day 11 Quick Facts.
Date: 15th January, 2014
Start/finish: Iquique/Antofagasta (both CL) – Leg 10
Official starting time (cars): 9:48 PM ART (UTC -3)
Total distance: 689 km, Special stage: 631 km, Liaison: 58 km
MINI at the 2014 Dakar Rally.
A total of eleven MINI ALL4 Racing compete in the 2014 Dakar. All are
based on the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman, modified by the
factory-supported X-raid Team to meet the high demands of the Dakar
Rally which is today’s pinnacle of off-road motorsports. With a
combination of power, reliability and efficiency the MINI ALL4 Racing
proved its competiveness right from its first Dakar start in 2011
while also winning the hearts of the fans from the word go.
On only its second Dakar appearance, the MINI ALL4 Racing made the
big breakthrough by winning the 2012 Dakar Rally. In 2013 the MINI
brand proved that its Dakar success was no flash in the pan by
defending its title at the first attempt. This year, the X-raid Team
and the MINI brand are aiming at clinching their third consecutive
Dakar title when the 2014 Dakar ends in Valparaiso, Chile, on 18th January.