Dakar 2017 – Stage 10 – Disastrous Setback

Dakar 2017 – Stage 10 – Disastrous Setback
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... Read More

Dakar 2017 – Stage 8 – Weather Woes

Dakar 2017 – Stage 8 – Weather Woes
Stage eight of the 2017 Dakar Rally continues to pressure both competitors and official with weather related challenges. Today’s route from Uyuni, Bolivia to Salta, Argentina began by cutting 73km from the beginning of the route due to mudslides. Later, race organizers were forced to shorten the end point when they learned the road to Salta was impassable. In addition, stage... Read More

Dakar 2017 – Stage 7 – Weekend Roundup

Dakar 2017 – Stage 7 – Weekend Roundup
After two days off, Dakar returns to racing with stage 7 and an alternate route to make up for missed portions of stage 6. Stage 6 was canceled by officials after multiple teams faced difficulty transiting to that stage start point due to a flooded route. The route from La Paz to Uyuni covered 622 km of mostly sandy terrain. Mikko... Read More

Dakar 2017 – Stage 5 – Rain Shortened And Lost

Dakar 2017 – Stage 5 – Rain Shortened And Lost
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... Read More

Dakar 2017 – Stage 4 – MINI’s First Podium

Dakar 2017 – Stage 4 – MINI’s First 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... Read More

Dakar 2017 – Stage 3 – MINIs Moving Up

Dakar 2017 – Stage 3 – MINIs Moving Up
Day three of the 2017 Dakar Rally ran 780km from San Miguel de Tucumán – San Salvador de Jujuy, Argentina. Higher temperatures and altitudes proved a challenge for many teams, especially with the added complexity of this year’s first true off-road segments. Mikko Hirvonen and Michel Périn in the 303 MINI John Cooper Works Rally had a very strong day, finishing 4th... Read More

Dakar 2017 – Stage 2 – MINIs Maintain Top Ten Spots

Dakar 2017 – Stage 2 – MINIs Maintain 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... Read More

Dakar 2017 – Stage 1 – Mixed MINI Start

Dakar 2017 – Stage 1 – Mixed MINI Start
The 39th running of the Dakar Rally is officially underway from Paraguay. This year’s MINI contingency began Stage 1 of the 2 week event with mixed results. All eight MINI teams who began the first stage of the rally completed the event, moving on to stage two ready to take in the next challenge. The new MINI John Cooper Works Rally driven... Read More

Dakar 2017 – Menzies Out Of MINI JCW Rally

Dakar 2017 – Menzies Out Of MINI JCW Rally
Team X-Raid and MINI are excited bring the new MINI John Cooper Works Rally to South America for the 2017 Dakar Rally. Unfortunately the much-anticipated pair of American driver Bryce Menzies and co-driver Peter Mortensen will not be competing. Menzies has had a successful early career in off-road racing. One that should continue to grow driving under the Red Bull label. To... Read More

New MINI John Cooper Works Rally Ready For Dakar

New MINI John Cooper Works Rally Ready For Dakar
  Team X-Raid and the new MINI John Cooper Works Rally are ready for Dakar. The three car team will take on the nearly 9,000km race through South America. The event begins in Asunción, Paraguay and finishes 12 stages later in Buenos Aires. MINI John Cooper Works Rally Mikko Hirvonen (FIN), took fourth place overall in the 2016 Dakar. He races again with co-pilot Michel Périn (FRA). 3-Time... Read More