Four MINI ALL4 Racing in the top 5.
Lucio Alvarez and Ronnie Graue finished the 260 km competitive stage in 14th place.
Three MINI ALL4 Racing hold the top-three positions in the overall standings.
In the truck race, still dominated by Gerard De Rooy, Peter Versluis recorded the day’ best time.
Joan Barreda and his machine are in perfect shape and he is eager to attack the overall leader during the second week.
The Bavarian team and its riders delievered another set of solid performances on a day when it was important to arrive safely.
The Ford crew continues to race in the toughest rally in the world.
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.
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
Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz are just one stage away from claiming a successive Car podium spot for the Toyota Imperial South Africa Team.