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Rally Dakar 2021: Sixth overall win for MINI

The MINI John Cooper Works Buggy has won the Rally Dakar for the second time in a row following the 2020 win. This time it was record winner Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA) and his co-driver Edouard Boulanger (FRA) who topped the podium after twelve stages through the Saudi Arabian desert.

It was Peterhansel’s 14th overall win at the Dakar, and his third for MINI following his wins in 2012 and 2013. MINI now has a total of six overall wins of the famous endurance rally to its name. Carlos Sainz (ESP) and his co-driver Victor Cruz (ESP), who won in 2020, crossed the finish line in third place with their MINI JCW Buggy this time around.

Peterhansel and Boulanger crossed the finish line of the 43rd edition of the Rally Dakar in Jeddah (KSA) with a lead of 14:51 minutes in the overall standings. The duo only took one stage win, but showed great consistency and didn’t make any major mistakes. Third-placed Sainz and Cruz took three stage wins and had a deficit of 1:01:57 hours to the winners at the end.

Peterhansel added another chapter to his impressive Dakar record. He has now won the rally six times on a motorcycle (1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998) and eight times in a car (2004, 2005, 2007, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2021). MINI took four consecutive wins with the MINI ALL4 Racing between 2012 and 2015, and now for the second time in a row with the MINI JCW Buggy after 2020.

At this year’s edition, in addition to Peterhansel and Sainz, a third MINI crew finished in the top ten. Vladimir Vasilyev (RUS) and Dmitry Tsyro (UKR) crossed the finish line in sixth place in the MINI JCW Rally. A total of eight MINI cars competed in Saudi Arabia in 2021, six of which reached the finish line.

302 Peterhansel Stéphane (fra), Boulanger Edouard (fra), Mini, X-Raid Mini JCQ Team, Auto, action during the 4th stage of the Dakar 2021 between Wadi Al Dawasir and Riyadh, in Saudi Arabia on January 6, 2021 – Photo Antonin Vincent / DPPI

Commenting about the victory, the over-the-moon winning driver, Peterhansel had this to say: “The pressure was immense since we were leading the overall standings for much of the race. You can only lose in that situation. But I have to say, we drove almost a perfect Dakar without any major errors and once again that was the key to success. Things were perfect between Edouard and me, and I was delighted to have him sat next to me. He couldn’t have done anything better.”

Rally Dakar 2021 : Final results of MINI entrants

Pos Driver Co-driver # MINI Team Time
1.

 

Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA) Edouard Boulanger
(FRA)
302 MINI JCW Buggy X-raid MINI JCW Team 44:27:11
3.

 

Carlos Sainz
(ESP)
Lucas Cruz
(ESP)
300 MINI JCW Buggy X-raid MINI JCW Team +1:01:57
6. Vladimir Vasilyev
(RUS)
Dmitry Tsyro
(UKR)
317 MINI JCW Rally X-raid MINI JCW Rally Team +3:29:38
17.

 

Guilherme Spinelli
(BRA)
Youssef Haddad
(BRA)
335 MINI JCW Rally X-raid MINI JCW Rally Team +7:10:25
24.

 

Victor Khoroshavsev (RUS) Anton Nikolaev
(RUS)
331 MINI JCW Rally X-raid MINI JCW Rally Team +9:40:09
30.

 

Denis Krotov
(RUS)
Oleg Uperenko
(LAT)
323 MINI JCW Rally MSK Rally Team +11:07:11
DNF

 

Orlando Terranova (ARG) Bernardo Graue
(ARG)
309 MINI JCW Rally X-raid MINI JCW Rally Team  
DNF

 

Vaidotas Zala
(LTU)
Saulius Jurgelenas (LTU) 325 MINI JCW Rally Agrorodeo  

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