The MINI ALL4 Racing is ready to defend its Dakar Rally crown in 2015 and will take its drivers across 9,000 km of the South American continent, through Chile, Bolivia and Argentina. For 2015, the Dakar Rally will return to its origins and open up the exhausting marathon stage to all classes for the first time since the rally moved to South America in 2009.
For those who don’t know, drivers and their co-drivers don’t know their route until the night before when the co-driver will receive his Roadbook. The Roadbook shows the route, highlights the dangers and the different terrains the car must negotiate.
Driving the MINI ALL4 Racing car will be the Dakar legends, Joan “Nani” Roma and his co-driver Michel Perin. Roma described the Dakar Rally as the most physically and mentally challenging rally in the world. He noted that after taking part in the Dakar Rally 18 times, the racing event already runs through his blood.
He added that winning the 2014 Dakar Rally in the MINI ALL4 Racing was very special to him as it came exactly 10 years after his very first Dakar victory. Roma won the 2004 Dakar Rally on a motorcycle.
Roma quipped that the MINI ALL4 Racing has been strong from start to finish – just the way the MINI is known to be: powerful, reliable and fast. He added that it has been a key factor in making his most recent Dakar victory possible. Roma remarked that it will be a pleasure to be back in the MINI as he looks forward to the 2015 Dakar Rally to defend his title.
Roma, driving for Monster Energy X-raid Team, emerged as the victor of the 2014 Dakar Rally. Roma and his yellow MINI ALL4 Racing completed the race around 5:32 minutes ahead of teammate Stephane Peterhansel and his black MINI ALL4 Racing. Nasser Al-Attiyah and his white MINI ALL4 Racing grabbed the third place. This makes the 2014 Dakar Rally was essentially an all-MINI podium finish.
Roma has been leading the overall classification at 2014 Dakar Rally, managing to secure two stages. It was Roma’s first Dakar Rally win in a car; after winning it on a motorbike in North Africa in 2004.
The 2014 Dakar Rally is regarded as one of the toughest of all time. It started at Rosario, Argentina, and traversed the Andes, the Atacama desert and ended at Valparaíso, Columbia. In total, the 2014 Dakar Rally covers 9,374 km. Drivers also had to experience a lot of different weather conditions, terrain and ground types.
MINI conquered all the challenges and secured 11 of the 13 stages in the 2014 Dakar Rally. The 2014 win is MINI’s third straight since making its debut in 2011.