Official: MINI Finishes 1-2-3 in Day Three of 2014 Dakar

After the perfect run by the reigning Dakar champion Stéphane Peterhansel (FR) in his black MINI ALL4 Racing at the 2014 Dakar Rally on Monday, the third competitive day of the world’s toughest endurance rally was another good one for the Monster Energy X-raid Team as well as the MINI brand. Joan “Nani” Roma (ES) in the yellow MINI ALL4 Racing and Krzystof Holowczyc (PL) in the red MINI ALL4 Racing claimed a one-two on the third Dakar leg which took the competitors via 301 timed kilometres from San Rafael to San Juan (both AR) and into the first foothills of the Argentinean Andes – a terrain well-suited for the MINI ALL4 Racing in which it could prove his core strengths: power, reliability and efficiency.

Dakar 2014

Meanwhile Nasser Al-Attiyah (QT) in his predominantly white MINI ALL4 Racing put the icing on the cake for the X-raid Team and the MINI brand. By finishing the day seventh, Al-Attiyah climbed to third in the overall classification. So the MINI brand holds a one-two-three overall with Roma in first, Orlando Terranova (AR), who finished fourth for the day, in second and Al-Attiyah in third heading into the fourth competitive Dakar day. “It was a good day for us, and leading the Dakar Rally definitely feels great,” says Roma. “We know that the race for the 2014 Dakar title is still a long one. But today gives us an extra motivation.”

Dakar 2014

Day four will see the longest special stage at the Dakar Rally since the historic route from Zouerat to Tichit (both MR) in 2005. The drivers must cross rivers, negotiate ravines, and be wary of the opposition. The route on day four features expansive spaces, making overtaking relatively easy. At the same time, the special stage to Chilecito (AR) is also the longest on the 2014 Dakar for the cars.

Source: MINI

  • Scott Miller

    Any more hype. And Dakar will just be Mini’s racing around. Seems to be a very good platform to use with an experienced driver. Kudos to them.

  • EHans

    It is cool to see Mini doing this and getting some visibility, but honestly, this car has about as much in common with my Countryman as Jimmie Johnson’s SS has with a Chevrolet SS you can buy off of the lot.

    Still, great publicity.

    • There it is. Everybody drink.

      • James D.

        I like grape flavor myself…

    • James D.

      Just my observation but MINI “enthusiasts” and I use that term loosely, are some of the most finicky I’ve ever seen, just MHO.

  • Captain

    Great photos – I never loved the Countryman, but this makes me warm up to it sitting at the MINI table for dinner.