Dakar 2017 – Stage 2 – MINIs Maintain Top Ten Spots

MINI John Cooper Works - Top Ten Spots

In this early stage of the event, two MINI teams continue to maintain positions in top ten spots. Yazeed Al-Rajhi in his MINI John Cooper Works Rally sits in 6th place in the cars class, while Mikko Hirvonen is in 8th.

Day two of the Dakar Rally across South America is complete! The fast stage today traveled from Resistencia to San Miguel De Tucumán, Argentina. Today’s route; 275km, was expected to be full of hazardous mud and dust. Those expectations were met as teams arrived to check points nearly unidentifiable.

MINI Dakar - Top Ten Spots

Second place MINI finisher Hirvonen said: “It was a really fast stage. Completely straight for 10 kilometres at one point and nearly flat out all the time. There’s a long way to go but today was good for drag racing and not so much for rallying.”

2017 Dakar Rally: MINI Family standings overall after Stage 2.

6 Yazeed Al-Rajhi (SAU) Timo Gottschalk (GER) 306 X-raid Team


Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) Michel Périn (FRA) 303 X-raid Team 02:42:20


12 Jakub Przygonski (POL) Tom Colsoul (BEL) 316 ORLEN Team 02:44:18


13 Orlando Terranova (ARG) Andreas Schulz (GER) 308 X-raid Team 02:46:42


19 Mohamed Abu Issa (QAT) Xavier Panseri (FRA) 322 X-raid Team 03:00:56


22 Boris Garafulic (CHL) Filipe Palmeiro (POR) 314 X-raid Team 03:06:04


26 Sylvio de Barros (BR) Rafael Capoani (IT) 339 X-raid Team 03:11:12


28 Stephan Schott (GER) Paulo Fiuza (POR) 325 X-raid Team 03:16:44


Tomorrow, Stage 3 starts in San Miguel de Tucumán and completes in San Salvador de Jujuy, a total distance of 780 km.

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Images: BMW, Dakar, XRaid Team

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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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