2018 Dakar Rally winner Carlos Sainz Sr. had his chances of victory dashed after losing over 3 hours with suspension problems.
Mistakes cost Mini dearly during the Dakar Rally, according to Team Principal Sven Quandt, but he was full of praise for fifth place finisher Jakub Przygonski.
Jakub Przygonski was the only Mini to finish the 2018 Dakar inside the top ten, with the Pole finishing an excellent fifth.
Nasser Al-Attiyah won the penultimate stage of the 2018 Dakar Rally which saw Stephane Peterhansel drop back to fourth and Federico Villagra retire from second place in the Trucks category.
Nasser Al-Attiyah took his third stage win of the 2018 Rally Dakar with victory on stage 12 to cement his third place. In the Trucks Eduard Nikolaev retakes the lead from Federico Villagra, but only by one second with two days left to run.
Peugeot Sebastien Loeb took his first stage win of this year event which moves him up to second place in the standings behind Stephane Peterhansel. Team-mate and former leader Cyril Despres retired with suspension damage. Sam Sunderland’s bid to retain last year’s bike crown ended after he was airlifted to hospital with a back injury.
Nani Roma’s Dakar Rally is over after a roll during Monday’s third stage, while Mikko Hirvonen also saw his chances all-but-end after getting stuck in a sand dune and losing two hours to the stage winner.
Sven Quandt admitted Mini were compromised with their all-wheel drive cars during this year’s Dakar Rally compared to those running two-wheel drive machines.
1 Mins read
MINI All4 Racing will be fielding five crews for the 2016 Rallye du Maroc in Morocco, the final testing ground before the 2017 Dakar Rally in January.
1 Mins read
Five-time Baja Poland-winner Krzysztof Holowczyc will be making his one-off return to cross-country rallying at the 2016 Baja Poland for MINI All4 Racing.