Dry grass branches collected in the engine protection and caught fire near the hot exhaust during the extreme riding conditions in the deep sand.
Roma and the MINI ALL4 Racing, which is modified by the Germany-based X-raid Team to excel in the tough Dakar conditions, mastered it all.
Chicherit last year successfully completed the world’s first-ever, unassisted car back flip, already seen by over 5 million people on YouTube (watch bellow).
Mini has the top three spots overall in the cat category at the 2014 Dakar Rally.
The eleven-time Dakar champion and winner of the 2012 and 2013 Dakar in the MINI ALL4 Racing sealed the day victory, 28 seconds ahead of Carlos Sainz.
It was a very good start into the 2014 Dakar Rally, for the Monster Energy X-raid Team and the X-raid Team
In the work station of the Chevrolet dealer the mechanics worked on the final details of the rally cars and the support vehicles.
A record-setting eleven MINI ALL4 Racing cars will compete in the 36th Dakar edition spearheaded by 11-time champion Stéphane Peterhansel.