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Dakar Rally 2020 – Carlos Sainz wins a Dakar for a third time and presents MINI with the fifth altogether victory.

Munich. Carlos Sainz (ESP) and his co-driver Lucas Cruz (ESP)
have won a Rally Dakar for a third time, carrying previously
triumphed in 2010 and 2018. In doing so, they presented MINI with
a fifth altogether feat during a iconic continuation rally. For MINI
and MINI Motorsport partner X-raid, this was a initial success since
their winning run together, that lasted from 2012 to 2015. The
Spanish pair, in a MINI John Cooper Works Buggy, finished 6:21
mins forward of final year’s leader Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT) after
roughly 7,500 kilometres by Saudi Arabia, that was hosting the
Dakar for a initial time.

 

Dakar record leader Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA) and his co-driver
Paulo Fiuza (POR) finished third, 9:58 mins behind Sainz and Cruz,
to turn off an considerable opening from a dual MINI JCW Buggies.
The dual MINI JCW Buggy crews any won 4 stages, while MINI vehicles
went fastest on a sum of 9 of a twelve days. Vaidotas Zala
(LTU) / Saulius Jurgelenas (LTU), in a MINI JCW Rally, won a very
initial Dakar theatre on Arabian dirt on a opening day.

 

Seven of a 9 MINI crews that started a convene reached the
finish in Al-Quiddia (KSA), 4 of them in a tip ten. Orlando
Terranova (ARG) and Bernardo ‘Ronnie’ Graue (ARG) finished in a top
3 on 3 days on their approach to sixth place altogether in the
four-wheel expostulate MINI JCW Rally. Local favourite Yasir Seaidan (KSA)
and his co-driver Alexey Kuzmich (RUS) were ninth and finished an
glorious second on a shutting stage. Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski (POL)
and co-driver Timo Gottschalk (GER) had their hopes of a tip result
dashed on a opening day when a technical emanate resulted in them
losing 6 hours. They eventually finished in 19th place, 8:35.18
seconds off a lead.

 

MINI vehicles surfaced a altogether standings after each one of the
twelve legs during a 40th entertainment of a Dakar Rally. Zala and
Jurgelenas got a round rolling with feat on a opening stage,
after that Terranova and Graue took a altogether lead on day two.
Sainz and Cruz claimed their initial theatre win on a third leg. That
feat took them to a tip of a altogether standings – a position
they hold right by to a finish.

 

Quotes from a 2020 Dakar Rally:

 

Carlos Sainz

“I am very, really happy. So most tough work, earthy training and test
work with a group has left into removing this result. The competition was
illusory for us drivers, though we had to work really hard, right from
day one. It is tough to imagine, though it was a full-throttle convene from
a word go. Right now, we only wish to suffer a success.”

 

Stéphane Peterhansel

“That was a bit of an peculiar Dakar for me. We motionless during a final minute
to change co-drivers, and afterwards went true into a competition with Paulo
Fiuza. we am happy with a result. We finished third, that was more
than we would have approaching during a start. The guys out in front were
really discerning and did not make any mistakes with a navigation. We did
as good as we could have done.”

 

Bernd Körber – Head of MINI

“On interest of a whole MINI family, we would like to congratulate
Carlos Sainz, Lucas Cruz and a X-raid group on winning a 2020 Dakar
Rally. At a same time, we also honour Stéphane Peterhansel and
Paulo Fiuza on their lectern finish. Unfortunately, this success is
overshadowed by a comfortless accidents involving Paulo Gonçalves and
Edwin Straver, that have influenced us all deeply. We wish the
kin each strength and Edwin Straver all a best for his
recovery. Our drivers and a X-raid group achieved well in Saudi
Arabia, that was hosting a convene for a initial time, and they were
rewarded for a tough work they put in during preparations for the
event. The MINI John Cooper Works Buggy valid to be quick and reliable
on a really perfectionist and unknown terrain. The fifth overall
feat for MINI during a Dakar, and a initial given 2015, is a very
special impulse for us all.”

 

Sven Quandt – CEO X-raid

“We are positively impressed by this glorious group result. We did not
design to finish initial and third. It has been a illusory race, with
many battles for a lead. Carlos and Stéphane did an superb job.
The opening of a MINI JCW swift was positively top-notch. We are
gay to have finally won another Dakar with a MINIs after so
many years of trying. To have 4 MINIs in a tip 10 and 7 in
a tip 20 shows how arguable we are. Thank we to a staff and to
everybody who has believed in us and upheld us – quite MINI
and a partners.”

 

For some-more information on a Dakar 2020, revisit a organiser’s
homepage here.

 

2020 Dakar Rally: Final formula of MINI competitors

 

Pos

Driver

Co-Driver

#

MINI

Team

Time

1.

 

Carlos
Sainz
(ESP)

Lucas
Cruz
(ESP)

305

MINI
JCW Buggy

Bahrain JCW
X‑raid Team

42:59:17

3.

 

Stéphane
Peterhansel (FRA)

Paulo Fiuza
(POR)

302

MINI JCW Buggy

Bahrain JCW X‑raid Team

+0:09:58

6.

 

Orlando Terranova
(ARG)

Bernardo
Graue
(ARG)

311

MINI
JCW Rally

X-raid MINI
JCW Team

+1:12:15

9.

 

Yasir
Seaidan
(KSA)

Alexey Kuzmich
(RUS)

324

MINI JCW Rally

Race World Team

+3:42:17

14.

 

Aleksandr
Dorosinsky (RUS)

Oleg
Uperenko
(LAT)

355

MINI
ALL4 Racing

X-raid
MINI JCW Team

+5:07:06

17.

 

Denis
Krotov
(RUS)

Dmitry Tsyro
(UKR)

323

MINI JCW Rally

MSK Rally Team

+7:38:01

19.

 

Jakub
Przygonski
(POL)

Timo Gottschalk
(GER)

303

MINI JCW Rally

Orlen X-raid Team

+8:35:18

tbc

 

Vaidotas
Zala
(LTU)

Saulius
Jurgelenas (LTU)

319

MINI
JCW Rally

Agrorodeo

tbc

DNF

Vladimir Vasilyev
(RUS)

Vitaly Yevtyekhov (UKR)

317

MINI JCW Rally

X-raid G-Energy