For the first time in its six-year history, The MINI All4 is going to take on the 10,734 km, three countries and two continents of the Silk Way Rally. The rally takes place across some of the most spectacular landscape on the planet as this former trade route winds its way from Russia to China, and is set to begin on July 9. Comparable to the Dakar Rally, the Silk Way will prevent a variety of terrain and altitude to competitors including sections that exceed 2500 meters in elevation.
Included in the list of teams for MINI ALL4; X-raid Team, Yazeed Al Rajhi (KSA) and co-pilot Timo Gottschalk (GER) are looking to capitalize on their recent run of good form. Presently they hold second place in the 2016 FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies. Joining them on the start line is fellow X-raid Team pairing of Harry Hunt (GB) and Andreas Schulz (GER). Although a relatively new pairing, this crew completed the 2016 Dakar Rally with a well-deserved 10th place.