MINI ALL4 Racing wins the Dakar Rally 2013January 23, 2013
A diesel MINI ALL4 Racing has won the Dakar Rally 2013 for the second time in two years.
The French duo of Stéphane Peterhansel and co-driver Jean-Paul Cottret crossed the finish line in Santiago de Chile 42:22 minutes ahead of their nearest rivals after 5,300 miles in the world’s toughest rally.
The lead pairing of the privately-entered Monster Energy X-raid Team from Trebur, Germany experienced no technical faults and recorded an overall time of 38:32.39.
This was Peterhansel’s second victory in the MINI ALL4 Racing. He has now won the Dakar on eleven occasions – six times on a bike and five in a car.
Peterhansel took over at the top of the overall classification after only two stages – and defended his lead all the way to the finish. MINI ALL4 Racings also finished in third and fourth.
There were 151 participants in this year’s car class. The Dakar Rally crossed the Andes, and the Atacama Desert – which hasn’t experienced a single drop of rain in living memory.
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