MINI Countryman Team Looks Set for Dakar Four-Peat

mini dakarMINI has been dominating the Paris-Dakar rally in Chile for the last four years running — and that dominance looks set to continue this year. The MINI squad is up about 30 minutes ahead of the next-quickest team as we enter day 12 of the race.

The major competition in the form of the very-cool Peugeot 2008 DKR is still in the game, but with only one truck left. One of the DKR Pugs crashed out early in the competition.

So will MINI sweep the competition again!? Watch this space.

But when it comes to amazing action shots from the race, we’d say MINI has won the competition already.

MINI Countryman DAKAR 2015


Press Release.

15 January 2015.

Another MINI one-two win at the 2015 Dakar Rally // Nasser Al-Attiyah keeps opponents at bay // Three MINI ALL4 Racing within the top five in the overall classification.


Munich (DE). Only two legs to go until the Dakar reaches its finish line in Buenos Aires (AR) and MINI is continuing to show a dominant pace. So far the MINI ALL4 Racing has won ten out of eleven stages.

Nasser Al-Attiyah (QT) and his co-driver Mathieu Baumel (FR) clinched yet another stage win on Thursday, their fifth so far at this year’s event. They extended their lead in the overall classification by another 39 seconds and are now 29:01 minutes ahead of De Villiers/Von Zitzewitz with just two stages to go.

“There are another two days to go and we have to survive these days,” Al-Attiyah said. “We didn’t take any unnecessary risks today but we found a good rhythm and that’s crucial in stages such as today’s.”

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