MINI Family Ready To Take On Dakar

MINI Family, Dakar Ready

Months of pre-event preparations, shake-downs, and scrutinizing are complete. The MINI family teams are ready to go, and the 2017 Dakar Rally is ready to start. On January 2nd, over 300 vehicles will begin the two-week, 9000km trek through 3 countries.

Mikko Hirvonen Dakar Shakedown

2017 MINI Family Line-Up

Eight MINI crews make up this year’s MINI Family to contest the 2017 Dakar Rally. Competing in two models, the new MINI John Cooper Works Rally and the previous generation MINI All4, the teams are better prepared than ever to take on the varying terrain of South America.

Boris Garafulic Rady to run

Seven MINI Teams will compete under the X-raid Team banner, with an additional team competing for the ORLEN team. With Bryce Menzies backing out of competition due to an injury that was not completely healed, no North American drivers will compete in a MINI. The MINI family will still bring an international team to Dakar with 11 nationalities represented in its drive/co-driver pairings alone.

2017 Dakar Rally – the MINI Family line-up

Driver Co-driver Team Car #
Mikko Hirvonen
(FIN)
Michel Périn
(FRA)
X-raid Team 303
Yazeed Al-Rajhi
(KSA)
Timo Gottschalk
(GER)
X-raid Team 306
Orlando Terranova (ARG) Andreas Schulz
(GER)
X-raid Team 308
Boris Garafulic
(CHL)
Filipe Palmeiro
(POR)
X-raid Team 314
Jakub Przygonski
(POL)
Tom Colsoul
(BEL)
ORLEN Team 316
Mohamed Abu Issa
(QAT)
Xavier Panseri
(FRA)
X-raid Team 322
Stephan Schott
(GER)
Paulo Fiuza
(POR)
X-raid Team 325
Sylvio deBarros (BR) Rafael Capoani
(BR)
X-raid Team 339

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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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