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.
In the fourth stage of the 2013 Dakar Rally, from Nazca to Arequipa, the Monster Energy X-raid Team’s MINI ALL4 Racing once again proved to be the fastest AWD vehicle in the field, with French pairing Stéphane Peterhansel and Jean-Paul Cottret taking their green MINI ALL4 Racing to third position behind the two buggies of Nasser Al Attiyah and Guerlain Chicherit. With this result, Peterhansel succeeded in defending his lead in the overall ranking. “It’s a question of strategy,” said the French driver. “We must avoid making any mistakes – no matter if it’s about the navigation, the driving or the technology. If we succeed in doing so we will be able to prevail against the buggies.”
Chilean Boris Garafulic and his French team-mate Gilles Picard took their MINI ALL4 Racing to 17th position while Argentinean Orlando Terranova and Portuguese Paolo Fiúza took their BMW X3 CC to 22nd place. A technical problem cost the Germans Stephan Schott and Holm Schmidt a lot of time and therefore, they still are on their way to completing the special stage.
Following the second special stage, the race control had opted for crediting 21 minutes to Carlos Sainz as he stated that his GPS system (that is provided by the organisers) was damaged. The Monster Energy X-raid Team appealed against this decision and on the evening of day three, this appeal was successful. Consequently, the 21 minutes were added again to the Spaniard’s overall time.
Tomorrow, the Dakar Rally field leaves Peru and crosses the border to Chile. The 509-kilometre stage takes the competitors from Arequipa to Arica. At first, they have to cover 284 liaison kilometres to afterwards contest a 172 kilometre special stage, followed by another 52-kilometre liaison section to the bivouac. The special stage is contested in the Andes and will take the vehicles from valley to valley. Therefore, it will be particularly demanding for the navigators.