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Dakar Rally 2020 – Two Dakar icons and 9 MINIs set for movement as Saudi Arabia hosts mythological convene for initial time.

Munich. When a Rally Dakar visits a Arabian Peninsula for
a initial time, from 5th to 17th Jan 2020, it will underline two
Dakar legends in a MINI JCW Buggy and a sum of 9 MINI race
cars. Record Dakar leader Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA) – alongside
co-driver Paulo Fiuza (POR) – is looking for his 14th success in
sum during a Dakar. Two-time leader and former universe convene champion
Carlos Sainz (ESP) and his co-driver Lucas Cruz (ESP) are also
counting on a further-developed MINI JCW Buggy and a support of
MINI Motorsport partner X-raid. Among those rebellious a iconic
eventuality in a four-wheel expostulate MINI JCW Rally are Jakub ‘Kuba’
Przygonski (POL) and his co-driver Timo Gottschalk (GER), as good as
Orlando Terranova (ARG) and Bernardo ‘Ronnie’ Graue (ARG).

 

The Dakar Rally 2020 consists of twelve stages, with a route
following roughly 7,500 kilometres from Jeddah (KSA) to Al-Quiddia
(KSA) around a Saudi Arabian collateral Riyadh, where a competitors will
have a rest day. About 5,000 kilometres of a track by the
country’s deserts will be opposite a clock.

 

Peterhansel has won a Dakar 13 times in a past – 6 times on a
motorcycle and 7 times on 4 wheels. His successes embody the
initial corner feat for MINI and X-raid in a MINI ALL4 Racing in 2012,
and a successful counterclaim of his pretension a following year. He had
creatively designed to competition a Dakar Rally 2020 with his wife
Andrea Peterhansel (GER) in a co-driver seat. She herself was a
successful convene motorist in a past, underneath her lass name Mayer, and
navigated for her father when a span won a FIA World Cup for
Cross Country Rallies in 2019. However, she has been forced to sit
this convene out on health grounds. Taking her place in a MINI JCW
Buggy cockpit is Portugal’s Fiuza. Sainz, who twice won a World
Rally Championship before switching to off-road racing, took victory
during a Dakar in 2010 and 2018.

 

For Przygonski, leader of a 2018 FIA World Cup for Cross Country
Rallies, this will be a initial Dakar Rally alongside German co-driver
Gottschalk, who tasted feat in this eventuality in 2011. Przygonski and
Gottschalk have been competing together given open 2019 and finished
runner-up in a MINI JCW Rally behind their team-mates Terranova and
Graue in final season’s FIA World Cup for Cross Country Bajas. Another
dual MINI JCW Rallys run by a X-raid group will be driven by Vladimir
Vasilyev (RUS) / Vitaly Yevtyekhov (UKR) and internal favourite Yasir
Seaidan (KSA) with his co-driver Alexey Kuzmich (RUS). Aleksandr
Dorosinsky (RUS) / Oleg Uperenko (LAT) will expostulate a MINI ALL4 Racing.
Outside a X-raid team, Denis Krotov (RUS) / Dmitry Tsyro (UKR) and
Vaidotas Zala (LTU) / Saulius Jurgelenas (LTU) will also put their
faith in a MINI JCW Rally during a Dakar Rally 2020.

 

Quotes brazen of a Dakar Rally 2020:

 


Stéphane Peterhansel:

“We are apparently unequivocally vehement about a Dakar in Saudi Arabia. It
will be a new plea for everyone. we gifted new landscapes and
totally opposite routes a few weeks ago, on a tiny Baja around
Riyadh. They were unequivocally fast, though beautiful. we am looking brazen to
it. Unfortunately, it is not probable to competition a convene with
Andrea, as was planned, however we have famous Paulo Fiuza for a very
prolonged time. According to a organisers, a navigation will be very
formidable and play a vital purpose this time. Following a latest
tests in Morocco, we am unequivocally happy with a MINI JCW Buggy. Carlos and
we are unequivocally uniformly matched and we wish we can both plea for victory
during a Dakar.”

 

Carlos Sainz:

“I am unequivocally motivated. Preparations have left wholly to plan. we am
unequivocally looking brazen to a start on 5th January, to a new country,
and to a new hurdles that wait us. we am unequivocally vehement about it
and assured that this convene will chuck adult a few surprises. We have
softened a automobile over a march of a year, and we wish that Stéphane
and we will be means to mountain dual clever challenges.”

 

Sven Quandt – CEO X-raid:

“After many years in South America, a convene will not usually be taking
place in a totally new segment in 2020, though will also be going back
to a roots. Long special stages, a lot of kilometres, and many new
practice wait us in Saudi Arabia. It will be a formidable Dakar, at
that a MINI cars will hopefully be means to denote their
reliability. In total, we are looking after 9 MINIs. The idea is to
get them all to a finish. To grasp some-more than that, we always need
a small fitness during a Dakar – and, of course, to expostulate clean and
quickly. In Carlos and Stéphane, we have dual drivers who not usually have
a lot of experience, though are also unequivocally informed with a MINI JCW
Buggy. As such, we should be good versed to take on a challenges
that wait us. The same goes for a MINI JCW Buggy, that we have
invariably grown and tested over a march of a season,
however, final year’s leader Nasser Al-Attiyah stays a male to beat.
We are looking brazen to an sparkling race, in that we will usually know
a leader during a unequivocally end, as even a final theatre is a genuine test.”

 

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

 

Dakar Rally 2020: MINI participants

 

Pos

Driver

Co-Driver

#

MINI

Team

 

 

Stéphane
Peterhansel (FRA)

Paulo Fiuza
(POR)

302

MINI JCW Buggy

Bahrain JCW X‑raid Team

 

 

Carlos
Sainz
(ESP)

Lucas
Cruz
(ESP)

305

MINI
JCW Buggy

Bahrain JCW
X‑raid Team

 

 

Jakub
Przygonski
(POL)

Timo Gottschalk
(GER)

303

MINI JCW Rally

Orlen X-raid Team

 

 

Orlando Terranova
(ARG)

Bernardo
Graue
(ARG)

308

MINI
JCW Rally

X-raid MINI
JCW Team

 

 

Vladimir
Vasilyev
(RUS)

Vitaly Yevtyekhov (UKR)

317

MINI JCW Rally

X-raid G-Energy

 

 

Yasir
Seaidan
(KSA)

Alexey Kuzmich
(RUS)

324

MINI JCW Rally

Race World Team

 

 

Aleksandr
Dorosinsky (RUS)

Oleg
Uperenko
(LAT)

355

MINI
ALL4 Racing

X-raid
MINI JCW Team

 

 

Vaidotas
Zala
(LTU)

Saulius
Jurgelenas (LTU)

319

MINI
JCW Rally

Agrorodeo

 

 

Denis
Krotov
(RUS)

Dmitry Tsyro
(UKR)

323

MINI JCW Rally

MSK Rally Team