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Dakar Rally 2018 – Stage 6: Arequipa – La Paz

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Dakar Rally 2018

12 Jan 2018


Dakar Rally 2018

Stage 6: Arequipa – La Paz


  • Hirvonen and Przygonski finish Stage 6 with tip 10 positions.
  • Hirvonen pushes tough to place sixth during theatre end.
  • Przygonski takes 10th position in theatre and
    climbs to sixth in a altogether standings.


Munich. Stage 6 of a Dakar was a initial theatre to take place
inside Bolivia after withdrawal a deserts of Chile. The stage
stretch of 760 kilometres took in alpine turf of adult to 4600
metres altitude and a finish contrariety in racing conditions. Where
a prior 5 stages consisted of sand, dunes and 40° C
temperatures, today’s racing took in rain, sand and even ice during the
tip points.


Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) and Andreas Schulz (DEU) did not rubbish time in
removing to grips with a towering marks with tip 5 positions
via a initial array of checkpoints. At a finish of a stage,
Hirvonen’s MINI John Cooper Works Buggy was strictly placed as
completing in 6th place and are now 13th overall.


Hirvonen: “It was a utterly a contrariety to what we saw
yesterday. In a start of a competition it was unequivocally murky in places and
soppy on normal roads. It was utterly good to see how good a MINI John
Cooper Works Buggy works in these areas; we was unequivocally happy with it.
On a initial partial we were using unequivocally well, second, third and
fourth. The second partial was only straights, one corner, one burst and
a automobile is doing unequivocally well.”


The second organisation of a MINI Family to finish Stage 6 was that of
Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski (POL) and Tom Colsoul (BEL) in their MINI John
Cooper Works Rally. The span also enjoyed a towering marks and
finished in 10th position. This outcome sees a span now
placed only outward of a tip 5 in a ‘Auto’ difficulty with sixth
place overall.


Przygonski: “We are happy.Today was a unequivocally good stage. We enjoyed
it. It was a good highway book and so we were pulling hard. But it was
not so easy since it was raining and slippery. Then we went to the
high altitudes – a tip indicate we consider was 4700 metres and there
was sleet during a sides of a road. It was bizarre to be in 40-degrees
yesterday and currently 0 degrees.”


Boris Garafulic (CHI) and co-driver Filipe Palmeiro (POR) also made
a many of a faster towering roads and marks in their MINI John
Cooper Works Rally to put in nonetheless another unchanging competition pace. Their
12th place finish during theatre finish puts them during 26th
in a altogether competition classification.


The second MINI John Cooper Works Buggy organisation of Yazeed Al Rajhi (KSA)
/ Timo Gottschalk (DEU) had a set-back to start Stage 6 from the
behind of a container though fast done their participation felt. Even though
overtaking room was singular on a towering tracks, a pairing
finished in 38th place.


Orlando Terranova (ARG) and co-driver Bernardo Graue (ARG) easily
matched a gait of a other competitors in a early morning
low-level sections of Stage 6. Unfortunately, when a organisation reached
a tip points in altitude, Terranova became unwell, presumably from
altitude sickness. With reserve in mind, a pairing done a preference to
leave Stage 6 and expostulate directly to a bivouac during a subsequent stop in La Paz.


Friday 12th Jan is an central Dakar rest day. Dakar
2018 resumes with Stage 7, La Paz – Uyuni, on Saturday 13th
January. For some-more information about Dakar 2018, greatfully revisit the
host’s eventuality home page here.


Dakar Rally 2018
: MINI standings after Stage 6










Jakub Przygonski

Tom Colsoul


MINI John Cooper Works





Mikko Hirvonen

Andreas Schulz


MINI John Cooper Works







Filipe Palmeiro


MINI John Cooper Works Rally

X-raid Team





Yazeed Al

Timo Gottschalk


MINI John Cooper Works Buggy

X-raid Team






Bernardo Graue


MINI John Cooper Works Rally

X-raid Team