Three AXION MINI ALL4 Racing vehicles hold top-10 positions
Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT) and Mathieu Baumel (FRA) once again were the fastest MINI ALL4 Racing pairing, today. At the beginning of the special stage they succeeded in securing a position between the Peugeots but in the end, they had to settle for finishing fourth. In the overall standings, Al-Attiyah worked his way up to third place, behind Sebastien Loeb and Stéphane Peterhansel.
Meanwhile, the pairings Nani Roma / Alex Haro (both ESP) and Orlando Terranova / Ronnie Graue (both ARG) also kept on working their way up. By finishing eighth and ninth respectively, they made their top-10 comeback. Terranova also closed in on the top-10 positions in the overall standings. He currently holds 13th position, Roma is in 22nd.
Finland’s Mikko Hirvonen and his French navigator Michel Périn, however, failed to make it to the top 10 – for the first time in this year’s edition of the legendary event. They lost a lot of time in the opening stages of today’s special stage and weren’t able to make up for the lost ground later. In the end they finished 12th and consequently dropped back to seventh in the overall standings.
Tomorrow the field will contest the second half of the marathon stage. Following a night without service, the drivers have to safely take their MINI ALL4 Racing racers to Uyuni, Bolivia. Right after having crossed the border, the competitors will start into a 327-kilometre special stage. But the drivers will have to not only go easy on their cars but also have to watch out for themselves and their co-drivers. The route takes the field to an altitude of 4,600 metres about sea level (the highest special-stage spot in the history of the Dakar) what can result in mountain-sickness symptoms such as headache.