Four Dakars in a row for mighty MINI ALL4 Racing
MINI has won its fourth consecutive Dakar Rally with its MINI ALL4 Racing machine. Dakar legend Nasser Al-Attiyah, along with co-driver Mathieu Baumel, won five of the total 13 gruelling legs to cross the Buenos Aires finish line in first place overall.
After promising that he’d be back to win in 2015, Al-Attiyah delivered despite stiff competition: “It was very hard to lead the race from the very beginning and to continue keeping this position on the long distance. Also because the race was really hard. I’m very happy about this great result and I want to thank and congratulate all mechanics and the team for the great job they have done during the two weeks. The MINI ALL4 Racing is an incredible car and it was again very nice to drive.”
The event, which took in over 9000 kilometres through South American terrain, included a mountain run at an altitude of 4500 metres, showing the versatility of both cars and crews. The stern test was further evidence of the MINI ALL4 Racing’s capability, as five MINIs completed the event in the top ten overall, winning 11 of 13 legs.
Al-Attiyah and Baumel shared the podium with MINI drivers Krzysztof Holowczyc and co-driver Xavier Panseri, who finished third behind the ever-present Dakar threat of Giniel de Villiers, who finished second in his Toyota HiLux with co-driver Dirk von Zitzewitz.
MINI’s focus now moves onto the 2015 long-distance world cup, seen as ideal preparation for the 2016 Dakar, and MINI’s shot at five in a row.