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Mini Countryman triumphs at Dakar 2012

Mini ALL4 Racing

We don’t have to tell you how difficult the Dakar rally is so the pilot that manages to win this rough event has to be one of the best there is. We can say the same thing about the car that the winner is driving. This year’s winning combination consisted of Stephane Peterhansel and his Mini Countryman which on January 15th, after 38 hours and 44 minutes won the Dakar, an event which consisted of 4,000 competitive km from Mar del Plata (Argentina) to Lima (Peru’s capital).

This was the 10th victory at Dakar for Stephane Peterhansel, six of them were on a motorcycle while the other four where with a car. The Frenchman won this year’s race with a Mini ALL4 Racing which is the rally-raid version of the Countryman developed by X-Raid. It is motivated by a twin-turbo, 3.0-liter engine that pumps out 315 hp.

Stephane finished 43 minutes ahead of Nani Roma who also was behind the wheel of a Mini ALL4 Racing so it was a one-two victory for the team this year at Dakar. There were five Minis in the race and all of them managed to finish in the first ten positions.

Source: Carscoop

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