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mini dakar 2014A 57 giorni dal via della Dakar 2014 X Raid presenta il team ufficiale, quello con i colori Monster Energy per capirci, che correrà al volante delle sempre più performanti Mini All 4 Racing. Ne faranno parte Stephane Peterhansel - ovviamente - alla ricerca della sua dodicesima vittoria, Nani Roma, Krzysztof Holowczyc ed Orlando Terranova.

Tutti e quattro i piloti arrivano da una bellissima stagione ed hanno ampiamente testato la nuova Mini, vista per la prima volta in gara alla Baja spagnola di Teruel. La macchina va benone e lo hanno provato i suoi ultimi successi e sui piloti non c'è granchè da aggiungere. Orlando Terranova, che è l'ultimo arrivato nell'emisfero Mini, ha peterhansel 2014dimostrato di avere preso la confidenza giusta con il mezzo ed ora anche lui potrà dire la sua. Per cui c'è da dire che la battaglia quest'anno alla Dakar, sarà prima di tutto proprio fra i piloti di casa X Raid.

I primi tre equipaggi hanno già gareggiato alla Dakar con la Mini ed anche il copilota di Holek, Konstantin Zhiltsov, abitualmente copilota di Jean Louis Schlesser, nella Dakar 2013 aveva affiancato nell'abitacolo il russo Novitskiy. Ha dimostrato di essere bravo e soprattutto di essere una presenza importante nel team e così è stato confermato, stavolta insieme al polacco, recentissimo vincitore del titolo iridato FIA Cross Country.Holek dakar

4 colori diversi per 4 Mini diverse fra loro. Livrea nera per Peterhansel , accompagnato come sempre da 'Polo' Cottret, livrea rossa per il polacco Holowczyc, arancio per Terranova - che corre con Paulo Fiuza e gialla per lo spagnolo, Nani Roma in coppia con Michel Perin. "MI piace la mia Mini rossa - ha detto Holek - perchè con il tetto bianco richiama i colori della bandiera polacca, e spero che questo ci porti fortuna".

Piccola curiosità: Eravamo abituati a sentir parlare di Akrapovic soprattutto per le moto ed invece questa volta vedremo applicati gli scarichi sloveni su una vettura, e che vettura ! La Mini X Raid infatti, monterà il sistema di scarico studiato e messo a punto dall'Akrapovic: "Entrare nel mondo dei rally, con le Mini, ha significato per la nostra azienda elaborare un sistema di scarico totalmente nuovo, studiato su misura, andando incontro alle elevate esigenze del mondo dei rally raid, accettando di creare un sistema che lavori in condizioni difficili, per gli equipaggi, e per i materiali" ha detto Uros Rosa, Capo esecutivo dell'Akrapovic.

Intanto, nell'annunciare il team per la Dakar, il patron Sven Quandt ha già voluto ribadire il ruolo di Stephane Peterhansel svelando che..."Abbiamo lavorato duro negli ultimi mesi per lo sviluppo di questa nuova Mini e sono convinto che tutti i nostri piloti faranno il possibile per sfruttare tutto il potenziale di questa vettura. Inoltre ci siamo già presi avanti per il futuro ed abbiamo già esteso il contratto a Peterhansel anche per il 2015, quindi posso già confermare che Stephane partirà anche per la Dakar 2015 e sempre al volante di un mezzo X Raid".

Quando si dice guardare avanti !!!

English Version

Just 57 more days to go until the defending Dakar champions, Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA) and Jean-Paul Cottret (FRA), will cross the start podium at Rosario, Argentina, with their MINI ALL4 Racing. With months of planning and preparations being completed, things will get serious for the Monster Energy X-raid Team, on 04th January. Just as it was the case in the past two years, the Trebur based team will contest the prestigious event with four MINI ALL4 Racing that will be raced by extremely competitive pairings. In addition to Peterhansel and Cottret, the pairings Nani Roma (ESP) / Michel Périn (FRA) and Krzysztof Holowczyc (POL) / Konstantin Zhiltsov (RUS) also are going to once again represent the Monster Energy X-raid Team colours. While Argentinean Orlando Terranova and his co-driver Paulo Fiúza are a new addition to the team’s line-up.

With 11 Dakar wins under his belt, Peterhansel definitely is one of the top favourites for the coming Dakar. In the past two editions of the legendary desert rally, the Frenchman and his MINI ALL4 Racing proved to be a class of their own. With consistency and reliability, they defeated the competition. But the fans will have to accustom to a new colour scheme: Peterhansel will race a black MINI ALL4 Racing, in 2014!

For Holowczyc, the 2013 season ended last weekend on a high: with the title triumph in the FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup. Courtesy of him and his German co-driver Andreas Schulz, Team X-Raid celebrated its sixth consecutive World Cup title! In the 2013 Dakar he made for a major moment of shock when suffering back injuries due to an accident. But Holowczyc recovered quickly and was back behind the wheel of his MINI ALL4 Racing as early as in March. He will contest the 2014 Dakar with a red MINI ALL4 Racing.

Nani Roma enjoyed a true wave of success, this year: four events contested – four wins secured! Consequently, he is going to travel to South America for the 2014 Dakar with massively boosted confidence in himself and his MINI ALL4 Racing. Terranova already contested the 2013 Dakar with a MINI ALL4 Racing entered by the X-raid Team and became the first South American ever to have secured a car-category special stage win. He will race the orange MINI ALL4 Racing he already won the Morocco Rally, with.

In addition, the Monster Energy X-raid Team is delighted with having the opportunity to announce the partnership with Akrapovič. The MINI ALL4 Racing will contest the 2014 Dakar with a new exhaust system that was designed together with the Slovenian company.

Monster Energy X-raid Team Manager Sven Quandt: “I’m looking forward to once again contesting the Dakar with such a competitive line up. In the past months, we worked hard on the MINI ALL4 Racing and I’m convinced that our four drivers will make maximum use of the car’s potential. We already have set the course for the years to come and extended the contract with Stéphane so that he is going to start also at the 2015 Dakar for X-raid.”

Stéphane Peterhansel: “This year, the regulations once again won’t make it easy for us to prevail against the fast buggies. But as it was the case in the past years, we just will have to deliver on a consistent level and without encountering any problems. Then, we will have a good chance of making it once again.”

Nani Roma: “The past season was really sensational. We could win every event we contested and did so on different terrain. The MINI ALL4 Racing never let us down and worked reliably all the time. Should we continue this way in the Dakar we will be able to become a factor in the battle for the win.”

Krzysztof Holowczyc: “To be forced into retirement due to an injury in the 2013 Dakar after just a few days was really bitter! But I just refused to let this incident drag me down and was back in the MINI ALL4 Racing as fast as possible. And just a few months later, we won the World Cup title – achieving more is virtually impossible. Therefore, I also am going to race the coming Dakar with a good feeling. In addition, I am also really happy that my MINI ALL4 Racing is red, now. Together with its white roof it now really comes close to the colour scheme of the Polish flag.”

Orlando Terranova: “It’s a new challenge to now race the Dakar for the Monster Energy X-raid Team. But I think that I demonstrated with my special-stage win and by coming fifth in the overall rankings of the 2013 Dakar that I’m able to drive fast and consitent. Now I just can’t wait for January when the Dakar will start in my home country Argentina.”

Uroš Rosa, CEO Akrapovič d.d.: “We are very pleased and excited to team-up with X-raid in its endeavours to succeed in which is probably regarded as one of the most demanding and challenging motorsport race series globally – the FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup and the Rally Dakar. Entering the rally sport also means for Akrapovič crafting an entire new, innovative and tailored exhaust system, meeting and surpassing the incredibly high demands of rallying in the most difficult conditions – both for the crew and their material.”