Mini Preps For Dakar

Joan “Nani” Roma and Michel Périn of the MINI ALL4 Racing # 300 Monster Energy Rally Raid Team to compete in Dakar 2015.Photo by BMW Group.

Joan “Nani” Roma and Michel Périn of the MINI ALL4 Racing # 300 Monster Energy Rally Raid Team to compete in Dakar 2015.
Photo by BMW Group.

(MÜNCHEN, GERMANY) – From January 4 to 17, 2015, it will be time for the dust, dunes, and deserts once again as the 37th edition of the world-famous Dakar Rally will be held in Argentina, Chile, and Bolivia.

An extensive loop of 9,111 kilometres across the South American continent through Chile and Bolivia back to Argentina is just one of the figures of the 2015 Dakar Rally. But there is much more to the upcoming Dakar.

From the merciless gravel sections to the breath-taking heights of the Andes, from the sweltering heat of the Atacama Desert to the tricky soft dunes, the competitors often make their way into the unknown, facing unforeseeable obstacles.

This is what makes the Dakar Rally the ultimate motorsport challenge. This is what makes the Dakar Rally so appealing to international spectators and fans. The Dakar Rally is an adventure; fascinating for competitors and spectators alike.

MINI and the MINI ALL4 Racing, winners of the world’s most adventurous long-distance rally from 2012 to 2014, enter the competition as the reigning champions. Joan “Nani” Roma, from Spain, and his co-driver Michel Périn, of France, claimed the 2014 Dakar victory behind the wheel of the MINI ALL4 Racing.

“The preparation takes a lot of time. You have to start very early, months before the event,” said Roma. “The Dakar is a tough challenge, your body has to be prepared for the heat. The days are very long and tough. You have to be fit for that.”

For 2015, the Spanish-French duo is keenly focused on achieving one goal; to remain Dakar Rally champions.


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