Dakar 2017 – Stage 4 – MINI’s First Podium

MINI's First 2017 Dakar Podium

Another successful rally day, as Stage 4 of the 2017 Dakar Rally brought more great results for MINI competitors. The first of six straight days at high altitude brought a series of sandy dunes as an added challenge.

Mikko Hirvonen brought his #303 MINI John Cooper Works Rally into the finish at Tupiza, Bolivia in 2nd place. The highest finish this Dakar for a MINI team. The fast run puts Hirvonen and co-driver Michel Périn in third place overall, just five minutes behind the event leader.

Podium Stages for MINI - Dakar 2017

MINI teams now sit six cars in the top 11 positions overall. Notably, Jakub Przygonski in a previous generation MINI All4, completed stage 4 just 24 minutes behind the lead in 7th place. “It was a good stage for us but the beginning with the high altitude on the sand dunes at 4,000 metres was really hard.” said Przygonski

Unfortunately, X-raid Team’s Yazeed Al Rajhi (KSA) was forced to withdraw today after severe altitude sickness made it impossible for him and co-driver Timo Gottschalk (GER) to continue in the #306 MINI John Cooper Works Rally.

2017 Dakar Rally: MINI Family standings overall after Stage 4.

Position Driver Co-driver # Team Time
3 Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) Michel Périn (FRA) 303 X-raid Team 11:38:20

+00:05:04

6 Jakub Przygonski (POL) Tom Colsoul (BEL) 316 ORLEN Team 12:09:51

+00:36:35

8 Orlando Terranova (ARG) Andreas Schulz (GER) 308 X-raid Team 12:21:53

+00:48:37

9 Boris Garafulic (CHL) Filipe Palmeiro (POR) 314 X-raid Team 12:54:36

+01:21:20

10 Mohamed Abu Issa (QAT) Xavier Panseri (FRA) 322 X-raid Team 13:09:06

+01:35:50

11 Sylvio de Barros (BR) Rafael Capoani (IT) 339 X-raid Team 13:37:50

+02:04:34

14 Stephan Schott (GER) Paulo Fiuza (POR) 325 X-raid Team 14:04:47

02:31:31

Stage 5 starts in Tupiza and completes in Oruro, a total distance of 692 km.

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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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