First stage win for Mikko Hirvonen
Today, Mikko Hirvonen gave the AXION X-raid Team the third stage win in the 2016 Dakar. Together with his French co-driver Michel Périn, the Finnish MINI ALL4 Racing driver won the 12th and penultimate stage, from San Juan to Villa Carlos Paz. At the end of the special stage with its distance of nearly 500 kilometres, their team-mates Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT) and Mathieu Baumel (FRA) crossed the finish line just nine seconds behind them to finish second. Nani Roma / Alex Haro (both ESP) also made it to the top five by finishing fifth. Meanwhile, Orlando Terranova and Ronnie Graue (both ARG) lost a lot of time behind Robby Gordon but finished seventh, nevertheless.
Tomorrow, the final stage, featuring a 180-kilometre special stage, will take the field back to Rosario where the competitors will cross the finish podium in the afternoon. But these 180 kilometres once again will be quite a challenge: tight, winding, rocky, sandy… This special stage has got it all. And so, anything can happen.