Dakar 2017 – Stage 5 – Rain Shortened And Lost

Lost in the Dakar Rally

In a rain shortened stage from Tupiza to Oruro, Bolivia, multiple MINI teams struggled to maintain a high finishing position. The scheduled route of 692km was reduced to only 219 after race officials decided the planned route was impassable.

Yazeed Al-Rajhi did return to competition after yesterday’s withdrawal, but his scoring is still subject to an appeal from Dakar. Over a dozen competitors fell victim to Stage 4 altitudes, many of which are looking to return to racing.

Today’s Stage 5 proved a navigational challenge for many teams. Early on, current MINI leader Mikko Hirvonen was a close competitor, to the leading Peugeot teams. Unfortunately he became lost, and gave up 43 minutes to the leaders.

Al Rajhi who was running pending his appeal also got lost: “Everything was okay, I felt a lot better, until we got lost, but I think a lot of drivers got lost today. You go one way and people were going another way so it was confusing but we just tried to keep pushing.”

Today’s top MINI performer was the X-raid #308 of Orlando Terranova and Andreas Schulz in 8th place, followed by Jakub Przygonski and Tom Colsoul in 9th, both running the older MINI All4.

Dakar Stage 5 - Rain Shortened

2017 Dakar Rally: MINI Family standings overall after rain shortened Stage 5.

Position Driver Co-driver # Team Time
5 Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) Michel Périn (FRA) 303 X-raid Team 14:45:19


6 Jakub Przygonski (POL) Tom Colsoul (BEL) 316 ORLEN Team 15:02:53


7 Orlando Terranova (ARG) Andreas Schulz (GER) 308 X-raid Team 15:07:47


9 Boris Garafulic (CHL) Filipe Palmeiro (POR) 314 X-raid Team 16:00:38


12 Mohamed Abu Issa (QAT) Xavier Panseri (FRA) 322 X-raid Team 16:45:04


14 Sylvio de Barros (BR) Rafael Capoani (IT) 339 X-raid Team 17:13:40


17 Stephan Schott (GER) Paulo Fiuza (POR) 325 X-raid Team 17:33:31


TBC Yazeed Al Rajhi (KSA) Timo Gottschalk (DEU) 306 X-raid Team TBC

Stage 6 will start as planned in Oruro and finish 786 long kilometers away in La Paz.

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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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