Dakar 2013: Mini's dream team
NOTHING MINI ABOUT DAKAR CONTENDERS: Stéphane Peterhansel powers his Mini All 4 Racing to victory at the 2012 Dakar Rally.
LIMA, Peru - Stéphane Peterhansel, Joan “Nani” Roma and Krzysztof Holowczyc - Mini's "dream team" contenders for the 2013 Dakar title.
The three leaders of the X-Raid team will have to face a number of hurdles in 2013, however, including new regulations.
After winning its first title thanks to Peterhansel and Jean-Paul Cottret, X-Raid will field seven vehicles for the 2013 challenge, six of which are Minis.
TOUGH BATTLE AHEAD
In 2012 the team earned first and second places and won eight stages out of 13 with four different drivers. As for the team's prospects in 2013, Peterhansel said: “The competition will be hard and we will certainly be a bit behind in terms of power as a result of the new regulations."
The new regulations restrict engine development and could leave the Minis trailing their rivals.
X-Raid remains the only team in which three drivers stand out as potential race winners. Team boss Sven Quandt said: “We have three arrows in our quiver in the fight for the first places."
Driver Roma commented: “After finishing second in the last edition, of course you think about first place.”
Holowczyc added: “I'm more experienced now and nothing should stop me from trying to achieve greater success in the Dakar. Having good resources is always an advantage.”
2013 Dakar Rally - X-Raid Team:
302 Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA) - Jean-Paul Cottret (FRA) - Mini All 4 Racing
305 Nani Roma (ESP) - Michel Périn (FRA) - Mini All 4 Racing
307 Leonid Novitskiy (RUS) - Konstantin Zhiltsov (RUS) - Mini All 4 Racing
310 Krzysztof Holowczyc (POL) - Filipe Palmeiro (POR) - Mini All 4 Racing
313 Orlando Terranova (ARG) - Paulo Fiúza (POR) - BMW X3 CC
314 Boris Garafulic (CHI) - Gilles Picard (FRA) - Mini All 4 Racing
324 Stephan Schott (DEU) - Holm Schmidt (DEU) - Mini All 4 Racing