The MINI brand has reasons to celebrate big time, It has achieved
further success at the Dakar Rally. After covering more than 9,000 kilometres
spanning Argentina, Chile and Bolivia, MINI won the world’s toughest rally for
the fourth time in a row. Drivers Nasser Al-Attiyah/Mathieu Baumel (QT/FR)
crossed the finishing line in the Argentinian capital Buenos Aires (AR) as the
overall winners, having won five of the 13 legs in their MINI ALL4 Racing.
“I promised last year when I was on the podium that I'd be
back to win, and now I'm here,” said Al-Attiyah. “It was very hard to lead the
race from the very beginning and to continue keeping this position on the long
distance. Also because the race was really hard. I'm very happy about this
great result and I want to thank and congratulate all mechanics and the team for
the great job they have done during the two weeks. The MINI ALL4 Racing is an
incredible car and it was again very nice to drive,” the victorious driver
“Nasser Al-Attiyah winning the 2015 Dakar Rally in the MINI
ALL4 Racing is continuing the success story of MINI at one of the toughest
races in motorsport,” said Senior Vice President MINI, Jochen Goller. “I would
like to congratulate him and his team to this fantastic achievement, which the
worldwide MINI community is obviously delighted about,” added Goller.
“We always knew there would be many unforeseeable challenges
on this 9,000+ kilometer adventure across South America and that the final
result remains unpredictable till the very last days of the rally,“ said Goller,
adding that “On the other hand we also knew that the x-raid team, the MINI ALL4
Racing and of course all MINI drivers entered the competition extremely
well-prepared and for this I want to personally thank the x-raid team head Sven
The Dakar entrants faced numerous unforeseeable challenges
on the demanding route from Buenos Aires in Argentina via Iquique in Chile and
Uyuni in Bolivia. The terrains changed from country to country. From classic
gravel rallying in Argentina and winding mountain roads through the Andes at
altitudes of up to 4,500 metres in Bolivia to the extremely dry and hot Atacama
Desert in Chile with its towering dunes and fine sand, the Dakar tested both
man and machine to their limits. The drivers and co-drivers had to remain
absolutely focused throughout the event.
The MINI ALL4 Racing provided further impressive evidence of
its speed and reliability at the 2015 Dakar Rally. Once again, it proved to be
a great all-rounder. “With now four Dakar victories in a row to its name from
2012 to 2015, the MINI ALL4 Racing proved once more to be the car to beat
confirming its reliability, strength and agility in a convincing manner,”
Goller said. “Our goal this year was to achieve another great overall team
result. With five MINI ALL4 Racing finishing the 2015 Dakar Rally in the top
ten, nine MINI ALL4 Racing reaching the finish line, eleven stage victories
with four different drivers and Nasser winning the world’s toughest marathon
rally, we have successfully met all our targets. During the 2015 Dakar Rally,
we have certainly seen the best MINI ALL4 Racing ever, and I am already looking
forward to seeing it compete in the 2015 long-distance World Cup in preparation
for the 2016 Dakar Rally,” he concluded.
All in all, the MINI ALL4 Racing won eleven of the 13 legs
at this year’s “Dakar”. Five of these were double victories for MINI. No fewer
than four MINI ALL4 Racing cars ranked among the top five cars in the overall
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