Italian Baja successfully finished with Stage wins and tip 10 placings for a MINI ALL4 Racing of Al Rajhi and Menzies.

Posted on 27. Jun, 2016 by in BMW Canada

Press release

27 Jun 2016


Italian Baja successfully finished with Stage wins and top
10 placings for a MINI ALL4 Racing of Al Rajhi and Menzies.



Italian Baja provides close, sparkling racing though punctures eventually
establish final outcome of fifth and sixth positions for MINI ALL4
Racing crews.



Munich. The 23rd Italian Baja ( 23-26th June)
supposing an fascinating competition that saw a heading position change on
countless occasions during a three-days of racing opposite hilly river
beds and a surrounding dry landscape of Pordenone.


The MINI ALL4 Racing (#202) of Yazeed Al Rajhi (KSA)/Timo Gottschalk
(GER) and (#214) Bryce Menzies (USA)/Tom Colsoul (BEL) were both in
a thick of a movement from a start of a Italian Baja. The
opening Super Special Stage (Leg 1) of Friday dusk (26th June)
netted a MINI ALL4 Racing crews with tip 5 results. Al Rajhi
finished with an considerable second and Menzies finished in fourth position.


Leg 2, Saturday (25th June) saw Al Rahji take a win in Stage 3 and
assume altogether lead going into a final day of racing on Sunday
(26th). Bryce Menzies was prohibited on a heels of Al Rahji during Stage 3
and finished with a excellent second place.


The initial theatre of dual on Sunday constructed even some-more shifts in the
heading group, no interjection especially to punctures. The efforts of a
dynamic Menzies were finally rewarded with a win during a finish of
a initial 74.5 km stage. This win carried a organisation of Menzies/Colsoul
to competition personality with one some-more theatre to play for. The MINI ALL4 Racing
of Al Rajhi/Gottschalk finished in sixth.


The final theatre (Stage 5) was a retreat instruction of a previous
theatre and set to be a classical competition with any one of 6 cars expected to
take a altogether win. But again predestine dealt a vicious palm in a usual
form of punctures. Stage 5 finished with a MINI ALL4 Racing (#214) of
Menzies/Colsoul in 13th, with (#202) Al Rajhi/Gottschalk classed as
completing in 16th.


Overall competition sequence placed a dual competing MINI ALL4 Racing
in fifth and sixth positions. The organisation of Menzies (USA) and Tom
Colsoul (BEL) took fifth mark – a conspicuous feat indeed
since this was usually a second tour for a American motorist in a
MINI ALL4 Racing.


“We got a prosaic tyre,” pronounced a still smiling Menzies. “It’s only bad
luck. We had to stop and change a wheel. At a finish we didn’t know
where we had placed since it was so close. Never mind; we still had
fun and schooled a lot.”


Two punctures and time spent aiding a MINI ALL4 Racing of fellow
X-raid Team family member Menzies from sand conspired opposite a duo
of Al Rajhi/Gottschalk. The time taken to get behind into a racing
kick was tiny though a racing was so rival a over time was
formidable to make up. Their altogether position was classed as sixth overall.


Meanwhile, a contrast information gained from both drivers and the
MINI ALL4 Racing cars has again valid useful towards development
of a MINI ALL4 Racing in credentials of Dakar Rally 2017.



Italian Baja
: MINI ALL4 Racing positions during competition end




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
23/06 – 26/06 Italian Baja
22/07 – 24/07 Baja Aragón
– 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


Find reports, photos and videos in high fortitude of prior MINI
ALL4 Racing activity on a BMW Media Website by clicking here.

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