For days now the lead MINI X-Raid driver Stephane Peterhansel has been battling back from earlier issues and spectacularly making up time. But with that speed comes risk and while Peterhansel had gotten within two minutes of the lead MINI (driven by Nani Roma) the team asked him to slow down and not take any undue chances. To be more specific, it appears that MINI Motorsports has made the request. Read on for the details.

Here’s a bit more via Autosport:

>”The game is over,” he said. “We’ve had a good laugh and enjoyed ourselves. “Yesterday evening, the team asked us to not take any more risks.

>”It’s a bit frustrating because we’ve done most of the hard work. “But, if MINI wants to have three cars on the podium, at the speed at which we are driving out in front, it’s easy to crash a car or even two in just one day.”We know that this can happen, but I didn’t think that they would do it.”

Asking any racing driver to essentially “slow down” is always controversial. Rumors are swirling about other drama between Peterhansel and MINI Motorsports, but for now what we do know is that MINI is being very strategic in how its guiding its racing teams.