MINI’s ‘Famous Five’…
Thursday, 29 December 2011
In its bid to claim its first Dakar success, the X-Raid
team has entered no fewer than five MINI ALL4 Racings which will be
in the hands of battle-hardened drivers. All five will be competing
on BFGoodrich All-Terrain+ tyres.
The Sven Quandt-run German operation has high hopes for this
year's Dakar. With nine previous wins to his name, Stéphane
Peterhansel stands out as the obvious team leader. The Frenchman
won last April's Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge for Mini and came
second on the Silk Way Rally behind Poland's Krzysztof
A former European Rally Champion (1997), Holowczyc began
cross-country rallying in the Noughties. This will be his seventh
Dakar start, while he has already won two rallies in a MINI ALL4
Racing: the Silk Way Rally and Baja Poland. Holowczyc will be the
team's number two driver.
Spain's Nani Roma is 'number three'. After winning the 2005
Dakar on two wheels, he spent several years as works driver for
Mitsubishi. To prepare for January's marathon, Nani came third on
the Rally Oil Lybia, which was won by Leonid Novitskiy, Team
X-Raid's fourth driver.
After securing the FIA Cross-Country Rally World Cup in 2010,
the Russian successfully defended his title this year thanks to a
victory on Baja Hungary, second place on Baja Italy and fifth place
on the Baja Portalegre.
Last but not least, the team's line-up is rounded off by Ricardo
Leal Dos Santos, who came seventh on the 2011 Dakar and fourth on
this year's Baja Portalegre.
The five MINI ALL4 Racings will feature different liveries:
'Toxic Green' for Peterhansel's car (N°302), 'MINI Orange' for
Novitskiy (N°312), yellow for Roma (N°305) and red for Dos Santos
(N°309). Holowczyc will fly the colours of his personal