Dakar 2017 – Stage 10 – Disastrous Setback

Dakar Rally - Muddy Mess - 2017

MINI John Cooper Works Rally and All4 racing has returned to Dakar after another canceled stage. The day’s route from Chilecito – San Juan was 751 km of mud and mess. Recent monsoon like weather has all but illiminated passable routes through the South American rally.

Yawed Al Rajhi and Timo Gottschalk in their MINI John Cooper Works Rally challenged frontrunners and finished 4th in the stage. Al Rajhi sits in 28th place overall, but is still awaiting the declaration of an appeal after withdrawing early in the race due to altitude sickness.

2017 Dakar Rally - Setbacks

Just  behind Al Rajhi today was Orlando Terranova. Showing consistent performance, he and co-driver Andreas Schulz finished 5th in Stage 10. The pair now sit in 6th place overall. “Today’s stage was nice. It was very difficult navigation and it was difficult to the find the way in the first river, but we tried to push and the car worked perfect.” sad Terranova.

Mikko Hirvonen and Michel Perin , who have been the most dominant MINI this year were in a serious collision with a truck during today’s stage. They lost significant time, finally finishing nearly 4 hours and 45 minutes behind the day’s leaders. Formerly holding solid in the top five spots, The #303 MINI now sits 15th overall.


2017 Dakar Rally: MINI Family standings overall after Stage 10.

Position Driver Co-driver # Team Time
6 Orlando Terranova (ARG) Andreas Schulz (GER) 308 X-raid Team 26:44:04


7 Boris Garafulic (CHL) Filipe Palmeiro (POR) 314 X-raid Team 28:25:17


8 Jakub Przygonski (POL) Tom Colsoul (BEL) 316 ORLEN Team 28:52:23


12 Mohamed Abu Issa (QAT) Xavier Panseri (FRA) 322 X-raid Team 29:30:57


15 Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) Michel Périn (FRA) 303 X-raid Team 30:35:16


16 Stephan Schott (GER) Paulo Fiuza (POR) 325 X-raid Team 31:26:06


19 Sylvio de Barros (BR) Rafael Capoani (BR) 339 X-raid Team 32:36:51


28* Yazeed Al Rajhi (KSA) Timo Gottschalk (DEU) 306 X-raid Team 39:51:52


Stage 11 of the 2017 Dakar Rally will take teams 759km from San Juan to Rio Cuarto.

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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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