Stéphane Peterhansel, together with Joan “Nani” Roma and Krzysztof Holowczyc, the three leaders of the X-Raid team, are all first-line candidates to win the Dakar 2013. However, the Minis face a number of threats, even an internal struggle…
After winning its first title thanks to Stéphane Peterhansel and Jean-Paul Cottret, X-Raid presents a ‘dream team’ for the Dakar rally with a good chance of victory, with seven cars of which six are Minis. Based on the demonstration of 2012, the ‘armada’ put together by Sven Quandt has little to fear from the competition: the favourites had very few cold sweats, finishing the race on the first two steps of the podium and winning 8 stages out of 13 with 4 different drivers!
The issue of the performance differential between the Minis and their rivals will only be decided on the track, and the application of new regulations restricting engine development could well change the picture. In any case, X-Raid remains the only team in which three drivers stand out as potential winners, with Nani Roma and Krzysztof Holowczyc alongside Peterhansel. The strength of the team is not surprisingly seen as something that gives Sven Quandt a number of options: “We have three strings in our bow in the fight for the first places”.
Members of the Monster Energy X-Raid Team
302: Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA) - Jean-Paul Cottret (FRA) / Mini All 4 Racing
305: Nani Roma (ESP) - Michel Périn (FRA) / Mini All 4 Racing
307: Leonid Novitskiy (RUS) - Konstantin Zhiltsov (RUS) / Mini All 4 Racing
310: Krzysztof Holowczyc (POL) - Filipe Palmeiro (POR) / Mini All 4 Racing
313: Orlando Terranova (ARG) - Paulo Fiúza (POR) / BMW X3 CC
314: Boris Garafulic (CHI) - Gilles Picard (FRA) / Mini All 4 Racing
324: Stephan Schott (DEU) - Holm Schmidt (DEU) / Mini All 4 Racing