Two MINI ALL4 Racing crews on a lectern during Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge. Four MINI ALL4 Racing finish in tip five.

Posted on 08. Apr, 2016 by in BMW Canada

Press release

08 Apr 2016

 

Two MINI ALL4 Racing crews on a lectern during Abu Dhabi Desert
Challenge. Four MINI ALL4 Racing finish in tip five.

 

Positive start for MINI and a MINI ALL4 Racing in a 2016 FIA
Cross Country World Cup. Yazeed Al Rajhi takes second place overall.
Mikko Hirvonen is third.

 

 

Munich. The MINI ALL4 Racing organisation of Yazeed Al Rajhi
(KSA) and co-driver Timo Gottschalk (GER) finished a Abu Dhabi
Desert Challenge, turn dual of a 2016 FIA Cross Country World Cup,
with a hard-earned second place. Joining them on a soap-box in third
place was a associate MINI ALL4 Racing organisation of Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) and
Michel Perin (FRA).

 

Further success for MINI came with 4 MINI ALL4 Racing completing
a foe within a tip five, and a sum of 5 of these iconic
long-distance cross-country convene cars finished within a tip ten.

 

The pairing of Yazeed Al Rajhi and Timo Gottschalk valid to be an
well-developed one with a tip 5 finish during a finish of each theatre of
a Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge. “I’m unequivocally happy,” pronounced Al Rajhi. “It
is not an easy rally. There are a lot of risks in a dunes since of
a high drops and a sand. We managed it good and tranquil our
foe to grasp a position.”

 

Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) once again showed because he and co-driver Michel
Perin (FRA) are a force to be reckoned with. Although this eventuality was
Hirvonen’s longest dried foe to date, he took a theatre win (St 4) and
finished third place overall.

 

Hirvonen: “Five days of usually dunes and silt creates it a lot tougher
than we thought. It has finished me persperate some-more than we ever have. But still,
it was a good knowledge and it has been a good week. To finish third
is a good result.”

 

For American Bryce Menzies, a Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge was his
initial foe during a controls of a MINI ALL4 Racing – and a initial race
he has had to contend with 5 days continual racing in desert
conditions. For these reasons alone it is small consternation he and
co-driver Andreas Schulz (GER) were celebrating their fourth place at
a finish of this challengine race.

 

Menzies: “It was unequivocally severe for a initial integrate of days;
removing stranded twice. If it wasn’t for these mistakes we would have
finished unequivocally well. Overall it felt unequivocally good to be in a MINI ALL4
Racing; training what it can do and what it can take. Despite feeling
ill for a final integrate of days a foe was a genuine blast.”

 

Jakub Przygonski (POL) with Tom Colsoul (BEL) in MINI ALL4 Racing
#209 continued his training bend of racing on four-wheels. The former
motorcycle convene supplement placed his MINI ALL4 racing in fifth place at
a finish of a 5 day race.

 

“I enjoyed a foe a lot, pronounced Przygonski, “because we schooled a lot
on how to foe tough in a dunes. we have also schooled a turn of
foe in a cars is a same as with a bikes and that it is
unequivocally high. So yes, we am happy with a result.”

 

United Arab Emirates motorist Sh. Khalid Al Qassimi and co-driver
Khalid Al Kendi (Abu Dhabi Racing #203) were a fifth MINI ALL4
Racing organisation to finish inside a tip 10 with a dynamic seventh place.

 

German twin Stephan Schott and Holm Schmidt staged a magnificent
liberation after slipping behind in a foe sequence on day 3 of a Abu
Dhabi Desert Challenge. At a finish of a final theatre (St 5) they
finished in 11th  to secure 18th overall.

 

The Russian span of Vladimir Vasilyev/Konstantin Zhiltsov (#201)
became front runners among a MINI ALL4 Racing during a early
stages of a rally. Unfortunately an occurrence mid-point of a race
led to retirement.

 

 

2016 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge: MINI ALL4 Racing positions at
foe end

 

 

 

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

 

19/02 – 22/02 Baja Russia
02/04 – 7/04 Abu Dhabi Desert
Challenge
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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