Frenchman Stéphane Peterhansel won the most recent two Dakar editions at the wheel of the MINI ALL4 Racing of the Monster Energy X-raid Team.
Less than 35 days are to go to the start into the 2014 Dakar Rally in the Argentinean city of Rosario.
The MINI ALL4 Racing ran perfectly throughout Dakar Rally.
Dakar 2013 has its share of glory and problems both for the teams who took on the challenge and the ASO organizers. Yet in the end the final podium at Santiago's Palacio de la Moneda was a day of celebration.
MINI ALL4 Racing the car for winners – Monster Energy X-raid Team successfully defends Dakar title! Four X-raid vehicles in the top 10 in the 2013 challenge.
Peterhansel now has 11 Dakar wins! Despres earns another title to make it five in total. Patronelli takes his second championship. New to the legend status was Nikolaev.
Final spurt in the Dakar: Great teamwork of Nani Roma as he protects overall leader Stéphane Peterhansel.
Chaleco and Gordon at full pelt! On the penultimate stage in this year's Dakar, a show was put on by Francisco "Chaleco” Lopez on as he notched his 4th stage win. Robby Gordon grabbed his second special victory in his Hummer.
One Mini benefits from another's mistake while the Dutch Yamaha rider makes first 2013 appearance. Husseini breaks through in Quads while Russians manage Trucks 1-2-3.
Rain-affected the 11th stage with shorter than expected kilometers. . Americans end up on top: Kurt Caselli takes 2nd Bike victory while Robby Gordon lands his first Car win of 2013.
Torrential rain once again makes an impact on the race action. Special stage 11 is aborted by the Dakar organisers at CP1.
Another one-two-three for the X-raid Team. Nani Roma and Stéphane Peterhansel second and third respectively.
Cyril Despres dominates for overall Bike lead, but Joan Barreda takes his 4th stage win. Orlando Terranova celebrated as first Argentinean to lead a Dakar stage in the Car classification!
Nani Roma secures his second stage win while Stéphane Peterhansel and Orlando Terranova finish second and third respectively.
An unequalled Despres, an unstoppable Peterhansel and an unfortunate Al-Attiyah made the headlines on the 9th stage in Dakar. Roma earned his 2nd stage victory and Nikolaev takes Truck lead.
All the six cars to get a full check-up which for the X-raid BMW and MINI service crews, they were busy on Dakar's rest day.
Freak weather makes an impact on the stage result. Stéphane Peterhansel finishes fourth to defend his overall lead.
Casteu takes over, it's sink or swim for the cars.
Wet Argentinean stage ends early for Cars and officials delay final call. Barreda takes Bikes win in morning, though, while category leaders run astray.
Caselli reaches the summit, “Peter” upwards and onwards. The 7th stage of the Dakar, in mourning following the death of rider Thomas Bourgin.
Third stage success for the Monster Energy X-raid Team, and Orlando Terranova in the BMW X3 CC secures fourth place on Dakar's stage seven.
The death of one of the riders overshadowed the seventh day of the 2013 Dakar. Thomas Bourgin died in a freak road accident before the special stage had even started. There was no celebration at the end of the first marathon.
Chaleco king in his own country, bittersweet victory for Al Attiyah.
Top billing for Yamaha while the Minis hit back on the 5th day of Dakar.
First special-stage win for Nani Roma and Michel Périn. Stéphane Peterhansel extends his lead in the overall rankings after the 5th Dakar special stage.
From Peru to Chile, the change of scenery and terrain saw the X-raid Mini team on the attack, along with Robby Gordon in his Hummer. It also was the first Bike stage win in 2013 for Yamaha; thanks to David Casteu.
MINI ALL4 Racing the fastest four wheel drive vehicle as strong team performance of the Monster Energy X-raid Team continues on day four of Dakar.