Dakar 2017 – Menzies Out Of MINI JCW Rally

Menzies Out for 2017 Dakar Rally

Team X-Raid and MINI are excited bring the new MINI John Cooper Works Rally to South America for the 2017 Dakar Rally. Unfortunately the much-anticipated pair of American driver Bryce Menzies and co-driver Peter Mortensen will not be competing.

Menzies has had a successful early career in off-road racing. One that should continue to grow driving under the Red Bull label. To the disappointment of many, injuries sustained last August during a world record jump [accident near the end] have forced Menzies to require multiple shoulder surgeries leaving him unfit to compete in the grueling two-week Dakar Rally.

“I am beyond disappointed to have to withdraw from starting this year’s Dakar. It has been a lifelong goal of mine that will have to wait another year before I can attempt.” said Menzies.

MINI Cooper Countryman Premiere

Bryce Menzies, Serena Williams, Tony Hawk - MINI Countryman Event

We caught up with Bryce at the recent MINI Cooper Countryman world premier event in Los Angeles. He was still wearing a knee brace as he joined tennis star Serena Williams and pro skateboarder Tony Hawk. Menzies noted that he still hadn’t had an opportunity to drive either the custom rally race variant, or street legal Countryman due to his injuries.

Bryce Menzies with a fan at the MINI Countryman Event
Menzies meets with fans despite his questionable appearance in the 2017 Dakar Rally.

Backup Teams

In the American pairing’s place, Orlando Terranova (ARG) and Andreas Schulz (GER) will move up to a MINI JCW Rally. They were scheduled to compete in a previous generation MINI JCW ALL4. Terranova has two 5th place finishes in the Dakar. Brazilians Sylvio de Barros and Rafael Capoani will take control of the vacated All4 seat.

Dakar Rally Coverage

We’ll be providing Dakar Rally updates as information becomes available throughout the two-week race across the South American mountains and desert. Be sure to follow That MINI Show on your favorite social media network to stay up to date.

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Mike Bober has been involved in many aspects of the MINI Community, including working with multiple national series racing teams. He currently owns his first MINI, an R53 "Ramsey", a R60 Countryman "Lauda", and a F56 "Stanton". Previously owned was an R59 Roadster "Winnie". -- Along with many other major MINI events, Mike recently completed his second coast-to-coast MINI Takes The States event.

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