Four MINI ALL4 Racing in a tip 5 after Stage 3 of Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge. Vladimir Vasilyev in second place.

Posted on 06. Apr, 2016 by in BMW Canada

Press release

05 Apr 2016


Four MINI ALL4 Racing in a tip 5 after Stage 3 of Abu
Dhabi Desert Challenge. Vladimir Vasilyev in second place.


Round 2 of a 2016 FIA Cross Country World Cup: Abu Dhabi Desert
Challenge. Six MINI ALL4 Racing inside tip ten.



Munich. The Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, turn dual of
a 2016 FIA Cross Country World Cup is moulding adult for an exciting
finale. After Stage3 of this prestigious dried race, 4 MINI ALL4
Racing are placed within a tip five. To serve underline a MINI
ALL4 Racing’s prolonged stretch dried capability, 6 MINI ALL4 Racing
fill positions 2nd to 7th place.


At a finish of St 3 (Al Ain Water) and 4 days of heated racing
opposite a dried theatre of a Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, a Russian
pairing of Vladimir Vasilyev/Konstantin Zhiltsov (#201) have placed
their MINI ALL4 Racing in second place. With dual stages to go, it is
still too early for final year’s leader Vasilyev to consider about a
repeat win.


“Today showed a loyal inlet of a competition – a dunes were very
difficult,” pronounced Vasilyev. “Thankfully there was no sleet though we still
gathering carefully. Not since it is Konstantin’s birthday today, though to
say a fight.”


Yazeed Al Rajhi (KSA) and co-driver Timo Gottschalk (GER) in MINI
ALL4 Racing #204 finished today’s theatre in fifth place and presently
lay in third place overall. Despite Al Rajhi’s dried experience, at
one indicate he too fell plant to a sand, that resulted in a brief delay.


Al Rajhi: “We got stranded and had to get out of a automobile to get free.
This unfortunately mislaid us time. The final territory in a smaller dunes
helped since it was was really fast…”


Jakub Przygonski (POL) and Tom Colsoul (BEL) take adult fourth place in
a competition standings. Today’s seventh during theatre finish does not simulate on
a speed of this MINI ALL4 Racing crew. On a opening day’s stadium
Super Special Stage, Przygonski set a fastest time most to the
pleasure of this pleasant male from Poland.


Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) continued his knowledge of racing in a dunes
with a tough fought third during a finish of today’s 280km race. Hirvonen
and co-driver Michel Perin (FRA) are placed fifth overall. After two
day’s racing in cold and soppy conditions, a dried feverishness returned but
didn’t unfreeze a ice-cool Finnish driver. “No drama! Nothing special,”
pronounced Hirvonen. “We did get stranded several times though not complicated – just
put it in retreat rigging and we were fine.”


For American Bryce Menzies, a Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge is his
initial full FIA prolonged stretch dried competition and initial time inside a MINI
ALL4 Racing… nonetheless we wouldn’t consider so. With a experienced
Andreas Schulz (GER) by his side, during a opening day’s Super Special
Stage they set a same time as stick setter Jakub Przygonski. Today’s
theatre saw them cranky a finish line in fourth to place them sixth overall.


United Arab Emirates motorist Sh. Khalid Al Qassimi and co-driver
Khalid Al Kendi (Abu Dhabi Racing #203) are a sixth of a MINI ALL4
Racing crews now placed inside a tip ten. Today’s theatre netted
a intrepid fourth and seventh altogether notwithstanding Al Qassimi receiving a
behind damage during a prior stage.


There are now dual stages of only over 490km sum left to play out
before a finish of a 2016 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge on Thursday 7th April.



2016 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge: MINI ALL4 Racing positions
after St3









Vladimir Vasilyev

Konstantin Zhiltsov


G-Energy Team




Yazeed Al Rajhi

Timo Gottschalk


X-raid Team




Jakub Przygonski

Tom Colsoul (BEL)






Mikko Hirvonen

Michel Perin (FRA)






Bryce Menzies

Andreas Schulz


X-raid Team




Sh. Khalid Al
Qassimi (ARE)

Khalid Al Kendi


Abu Dhabi Racing




Stephan Schott

Holm Schmidt (GER)







Race calendar: 2016 FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies.


19/02 – 22/02 Baja Russia
02/04 – 7/04 Abu Dhabi Desert
17/04 – 22/04 Sealine Cross-Country Rally Qatar
08/05 – 15/05 Pharaons Rally
23/06 – 26/06 Italian Baja
22/07 – 24/07 Baja Aragón
11/08 – 14/08 HunGarian Baja

25/08 – 28/08 Baja Poland

03/10 – 08/10 Rallye Oilibya du Maroc
21/10 – 23/10 Baja
Portalegre 500


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ALL4 Racing activity on a BMW Media Website by clicking here.

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