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Dakar Rally 2018 – Stage 4: San Juan de Marcona

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Dakar Rally 2018

10 Jan 2018


Dakar Rally 2018

Stage 4: San Juan de Marcona – San Juan de Marcona


  • Mikko Hirvonen secures 4th place finish in Stage 4.
  • Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski
    now 10th overall.
  • Al Rajhi and Garafulic start fightback.



Munich. Delayed by complicated fog, Stage 4 finally got off to a
fantastic start with a automobile difficulty removing underneath approach in groups
of four, side-by-side. The sound of foe engines was pure
party for a masses of spectators that lined a starting
indicate of a prolonged widen with sea views. For a competitors it
signalled a start of another prohibited day and a awaiting of 330km
special theatre consisting of dunes, silt and dirt interlaced with
hard areas.


Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) and Andreas Schulz (DEU) in a all-new MINI
John Cooper Works Buggy were a initial of a MINI Family to complete
Stage 4 and did so in style. At a finish of a 440km stage, Hirvonen
was checked by as completing in 4th place.


Hirvonen: “Today was flattering good. We didn’t have a
lot of issues. Two times we had to spin behind and try to find the
waypoint. There was also a lot of dust. I’m happy that we were means to
uncover a intensity of a MINI John Cooper Works Buggy.”


Yazeed Al Rajhi (KSA) and Timo Gottschalk (DEU) in a second MINI
John Cooper Works Buggy also claimed a tip 10 theatre finish with
9th place. With Rajhi pushing during a same quick gait that
has done him a remarkable cross-country specialist, his MINI JCW Buggy is
now placed 23rd overall, that is a glorious outcome given
that after Stage 3 it was classed 49th.


Yazeed Al Rajhi: “We stopped dual times. One time to
reinstate a tyre, and another for a tiny technical problem. But all
in all it was most improved day.”


Once again Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski (POL) and Tom Colsoul (BEL) drove
during a totalled gait to say their unchanging opening so far. It
was a good tactic since it kept probable problems to a smallest and
rewarded a organisation with 12th place during theatre end. This result
now places them inside a tip 10 altogether leaders during position 10.


Przygonski: “It was a tough and prolonged day. A lot of
things happened on this stage. We had 3 punctures and, of course,
we had no spares remaining so we started to worry about this. We got
stranded in one ravine and a dunes were unequivocally soft, that meant
infrequently they were unfit to cranky and we had to go around
since we couldn’t get up. Then there was a dust…”


Also in fighting mood was a organisation of Boris Garafulic (CHI) and
co-driver Filipe Palmeiro (POR). Determined to make adult for mislaid time
during Stage 2, a span did accurately that by finishing today’s stage
in 14th. This places them 24th in a overall
competition classification, adult from 55th, and directly behind MINI
Family members Al Rajhi / Timo Gottschalk.


Orlando Terranova (ARG) and Bernardo Graue (ARG) were victims of a
racing incident, that saw them hurl a MINI John Cooper Works Rally.
However, they managed to get underway again to finish a stage.



Stage 5, San Juan de Marcona – Arequipa will see competitors take in
666 kilometres of relationship and 268km of special stage. For more
information about Dakar 2018, greatfully revisit a host’s eventuality home page



Dakar Rally 2018
: MINI formula after Stage 4












Tom Colsoul


MINI John Cooper Works Rally

Orlen Team






Andreas Schulz


MINI John Cooper Works Buggy

X-raid Team





Yazeed Al

Timo Gottschalk


MINI John Cooper Works Buggy

X-raid Team






Filipe Palmeiro


MINI John Cooper Works Rally

X-raid Team






Bernardo Graue


MINI John Cooper Works Rally

X-raid Team