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2013 Rally Guanajuato Mexico - Highlights
Overall after SS23:
1. Ogier (VOLKSWAGEN) 4 : 30 : 27.0
2. Hirvonen (CITROËN) 4 : 33 : 55.9
3. Neuville (FORD) 4 : 34 : 50.8
4. Sordo (CITROËN) 4 : 36 : 33.7
5. Al-Attiyah (FORD) 4 : 34 : 50.8
6. Atkinson (CITROËN) 4 : 41 : 55.0 (-3 : 30)
7. Block (FORD) 4 : 42 : 15.3
8. Guerra jr. (CITROËN) 4 : 43 : 16.8
9. Prokop (FORD) 4 : 44 : 56.0
10. Novikov (FORD) 4 : 47 : 42.3
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2013 Rally Sweden - Highlights
Overall after SS22:
1. Ogier (VOLKSWAGEN) 3 : 11 : 41.9
2. Loeb (CITROËN) 3 : 12 : 23.7
3. Østberg (FORD) 3 : 13 : 06.4 (-0 : 20)
4. Latvala (VOLKSWAGEN) 3 : 13 : 12.5
5. Neuville (FORD) 3 : 16 : 48.3
6. Hänninen (FORD) 3 : 17 : 25.0
7. Prokop (FORD) 3 : 23 : 07.3
8. Solberg H. (FORD) 3 : 23 : 24.6 (-4 : 20)
9. Novikov (FORD) 3 : 24 : 46.6
10. Al-Rajhi (FORD) 3 : 28 : 08.9
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2013 Rallye Monte-Carlo - Day 4 Highlights
Overall after SS16:
1. Loeb (CITROËN) 5 : 18 : 57.2
2. Ogier (VOLKSWAGEN) 5 : 20 : 37.1
3. Sordo (CITROËN) 5 : 22 : 46.2
4. Hirvonen (CITROËN) 5 : 24 : 23.5
5. Bouffier (CITROËN) 5 : 27 : 10.3
6. Østberg (FORD) 5 : 31 : 00.9 (-1 : 50)
7. Proko (FORD) 5 : 42 : 24.5 (-1 : 00)
8. Wiegand (ŠKODA) 5 : 48 : 31.7
9. Burri (PEUGEOT) 5 : 54 : 35.4
10. Kosciuszko (MINI) 5 : 55 : 25.2
Night of Turini - 2013 WRC Rallye Monte-Carlo -
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2013 Dakar - Day 15 Highlights

19 January 2013
Stage: 14
Start/Finish: La Serena/Santiago de Chile
Total length (km): 630
Competitive Kilometres: 128
Liaison (km): 502

The Rally Dakar ends with the arrival in the Chilean capital. Although the finish is within touching distance, the drivers must still remain fully focussed. The remaining 128 kilometres of special stage are on flat terrain, resulting in high speeds. A show circuit awaits at the finish, giving spectators a final opportunity to check out the participants before they attend the following day’s closing ceremony and the new Dakar champion is crowned.
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2013 Dakar - Day 14 Highlights

18 January 2013
Stage: 13
Start/Finish: Copiapó/La Serena
Total length (km): 735
Competitive Kilometres: 441
Liaison (km): 294

The penultimate day of the 2013 Rally Dakar will most probably start in thick fog, known by the locals as “Camanchaca”. As soon as clear visibility returns, the competitors are greeted by the Dakar’s final dune fields, which stretch out for over a third of the special stage. They are followed by open sections, which look like easy pickings. However, large stones can easily result in punctures, which can shatter any Dakar dreams in the final metres.
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Dakar feeling for the chosen few.

A good month and a half after winning the Rally Dakar, MINI is launching the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman ALL4 Racing Dakar Winner 2013 – in a seriously limited edition.

(Via MINI Motorsport) It is the dream of every +MINI fan: to own a MINI that is so exclusive there are but a few identical models in the world. A special edition brimming with power and boasting a striking design that is guaranteed to turn people’s heads on the street. A MINI with a story. A success story – at the toughest endurance rally in the world. The Dakar Rally. Having claimed overall victory this January, MINI will present the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman ALL4 Racing Dakar Winner 2013 at the Geneva International Motor Show (7th  to 17th  March). A special edition for the French market, with a very limited number of models available.

Peterhansel's Final Dakar Encore.
In January, the X-raid Team’s Stéphane Peterhansel and his co-driver Jean-Paul Cottrett claimed their second successive Dakar victory in a MINI ALL4 Racing, having also won last year’s marathon rally in style. The opposition were once again left eating the successful pairing’s dust in 2013. Stéphane reached the finish a clear 40 minutes ahead of the second-placed car to secure the eleventh overall victory of his career. As a homage to the triumphant car and Stéphane’s magnificent achievement, only eleven MINI John Cooper Works Countryman ALL4 Racing Dakar Winner 2013s will be produced.

Special edition guarantees pure driving thrills.
“Winning the Rally Dakar for the eleventh time was very special for me,” said Stéphane. “As special as the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman ALL4 Racing Dakar Winner 2013.” The special edition is based on the successful MINI John Cooper Works Countryman, which is the first MINI to combine racing technology in the drive train and chassis with the four-wheel drive system that has proven itself on the rally scene. It was also in action as the support car for the X-raid team at the Dakar. ALL4 guarantees optimal grip and stability in all weather and surface conditions. It also noticeably improves the car’s agility when cornering at speed. The MINI John Cooper Works Countryman ALL4 Racing Dakar Winner 2013 also generates an impressive 218 hp, guaranteeing pure driving enjoyment.

Inspired by the eye-catching colour of the bodywork on the victorious MINI ALL4 Racing at the Rally Dakar, this matt-black special edition includes striking interior and exterior design features in luminous green. These include the sport stripes, which bear both the logo of the Rally +Dakar - The Ultimate Rally Race winner and Stéphane’s signature on the bonnet. As well as the green go-faster stripes and unmissable words ‘MINI ALL4 Racing’, the driver and passenger doors are adorned with Stéphane’s staring number from the Dakar: 302. The MINI John Cooper Works Countryman ALL4 Racing Dakar Winner 2013 could hardly get closer to replicating the characteristics of the Dakar winner.
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Hot MINI action in freezing temperatures.

Michal Kościuszko and Jarkko Nikara are flying the flag for +MINI at the icy 2013 Rally Sweden, while a rally great was on hand to offer advice to Michal during his preparations.

(Via MINI Motorsport) Bone-shaking cold, ice and snow on the special stages around the Service Park in Hagfors: this year’s Rally Sweden will once again take place under extreme conditions and will thus pose a stiff challenge to the WRC drivers and teams, with 22 special stages and 339 kilometres against the clock. Despite the adverse conditions, the Rally Sweden remains hugely popular amongst spectators. Hundreds of thousands of fans are once again expected to line the frosty route, all desperate not to miss the scintillating action at the second round of the 2013 WRC season.

MINI fans also have every reason to look forward to the Rally Sweden. The MINI brand will have two representatives in Europe’s cold chamber, where the temperatures regularly drop below minus 25, in the form of the Lotos Rally Team’s Michal Kościuszko and Jarkko Nikara of the Prodrive WRC Team. Michal and Jarkko will start in the number 12 and 23 MINI John Cooper Works WRCs.

Former world champion Marcus Gronholm tutoring Michał Kościuszko.
After Michal’s successful debut in the MINI WRC at the Rally Monte Carlo, when he finished tenth on his maiden outing in January to pick up his first point in the Drivers’ Championship, the Lotos Rally Team arrives in Sweden full of optimism. Team Principal Bruno di Pianto brought in two-time World Rally Champion Marcus Grönholm to help prepare Michal for the icy spectacle. Grönholm joined the Prodrive WRC Team for further developments of the MINI WRC and the Lotos Rally Team for about 100 kilometres of pre-event testing. “Marcus is a legend in the world of rallying, and one of the most inspiring drivers of all time. He is able to help Michal with the particular style of driving required in Sweden," said Bruno.

“Michal has not had the opportunity to gain all that much experience on ice and snow,” said Grönholm after the test. Michal’s only previous appearance in Sweden came back in 2006 when he finished eighth in the junior WRC competition. “However, I must say that Michal did a really good job.” Grönholm was on hand to offer advice and assistance, particularly regarding the handling of the MINI WRC in the difficult corners it will encounter in Sweden. His tip for Michal: “You have to stick to the racing line, then get on the gas again early. You don’t always have to please the crowds and drift through the corners. It is better to brake late, stick to the best line, and then accelerate early.”

Kościuszko thrilled by Grönholm’s support.
It is now up to Michal to put the exclusive tips he received from his illustrious tutor into practice. Michal was impressed by the enthusiastic support he received from Grönholm. “It is fantastic to learn from a legendary driver like Marcus how to make up time in such difficult conditions as those we face in Sweden,” said Michal. “The MINI’s grip on the snow is impressive. All that remains now is for me to take advantage of it.”

Another man out to gain as much experience as possible in Sweden is the second MINI driver, Jarkko Nikara of the Prodrive WRC Team, who lines up for the first time in Sweden. “Let’s see what Jarkko can do on ice and snow,” is the feeling among an optimistic Prodrive WRC Team. The 26-year-old Finn has already shown that he is more than capable of handling the MINI John Cooper Works WRC, finishing fifth on his debut at the Rally Spain last November.

Nikara can expect more WRC starts.
Jarkko also won the Group N class at the 2012 Rally Finland, and his background means he has been driving on ice and snow since the start of his rally career. At the moment there is still some uncertainty as to how many appearances Jarkko will make for the Prodrive WRC Team this season. However, his fifth place in Spain appears to have impressed Dave Wilcock, Team Principal of the Prodrive WRC Team. It seems likely that he will grant the young Finn a few more outings at the wheel of the Prodrive MINI WRC before the end of the season.

Until then, however, Jarkko and Michal must both back up their promising starts with good performances at the Rally Sweden. The first stage, on a circuit to the north of Karlstad, gets underway at 20 : 04 on Thursday. The grand finale – the 19.26-kilometre Power Stage to the north-west of the Service Park, not far from Lake Jangen– begins at 14 : 12 on Sunday. During and after the rally, you can find out more about the Rally Sweden at
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Peterhansel: "The victory is unique".

Stéphane Peterhansel in his MINI ALL4 Racing claims his 11th Dakar title. Find the best photos and quotes from the finish line in Santiago de Chile here.

(Via MINI Motorsport) Stéphane Peterhansel (P1 in the green +MINI ALL4 Racing): “It’s just incredible that we really succeeded in defending the title. We had to battle it out with numerous extremely competitive opponents but in the end, we were the ones who secured the win. Just as it was the case last year, the MINI ALL4 Racing ran perfectly. I have to thank the entire team that did a fantastic job – and not only during the past two weeks. Again, it was a thrilling Dakar Rally and the victory is unique although I have contested the Dakar for so many times. How the rally would end, was left open until the ninth leg. The X-raid Team needed to be patient for quite some time until it got its first Dakar victory last year. This is why I am happy that I have been able to defend the title.”

Sven Quandt (X-raid Team Manager): “I just can’t believe that we succeeded in winning the +Dakar - The Ultimate Rally Race for the second consecutive time. Prior to the start, many people regarded us as favourites but you mustn’t underestimate your opponents. And in the opening stages of the event, our rivals demonstrated that they were determined to give us a hard time. In the end, however, our reliable MINI ALL4 Racing and our professional team enabled us to make it to the highest step on the podium.”

Leonid Novitskiy (P3 in the orange MINI ALL4 Racing): "My strategy to take on the Dakar in a calm and constant mode payed off again this year. I could even improve on my 2012 result. P3 in the MINI ALL4 Racing is a sensational result for me and I am sure that it came as a surprise for many.“

Nani Roma (P4 in the yellow MINI ALL4 Racing): "I knew that the 2013 Dakar would be much tougher than the 2012 edition. Consequently, the overall standings got mixed up several times. I had to master some challenges too, but I could always work my way back to the upper ranks of the overall standings. I am proud that I have been able to remain calm in spite of many difficult situations and that I have been able to bring the MINI ALL4 Racing home safely.“

On you can find more than 400 photos of Stéphane Peterhansel and the X-raid Team during the 2013 Dakar Rally.
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Peterhansel wins the 2013 Dakar in a MINI.

After his victory at the 2012 Dakar, record winner Stéphane Peterhansel again emerges from the toughest rally in the world as the number one in his +MINI ALL4 Racing.

(Via MINI Motorsport) Nothing and nobody could stop Stéphane Peterhansel. Not the difficult dune sections that really put the competitors at the 2013 Rally Dakar to the test shortly after the start in Lima. Not the majestic Andes, whose gigantic heights the rally crossed not once but twice this year. Not the relentless heat of the Atacama Desert, which has not experienced a single drop of rain in living memory. And not the strong opposition from 151 participants in this year’s car class, all of whom had to be taken seriously. On the 15th day of the Dakar, and over 8,000 kilometres since the start in the capital of Peru, it was finally confirmed: the winner of the 2013 Rally Dakar is the X-raid Team’s Stéphane Peterhansel in the number 302 MINI ALL4 Racing.

The latest win at the toughest endurance rally in the world is another milestone in the illustrious career of the 47-year-old Frenchman. He has now won the Dakar on eleven occasions – six times on a bike and five in a car. No other driver has ever achieved this feat. Stéphane had already ensured that his name will go down in the +Dakar - The Ultimate Rally Race history books and the motorsport annals. In 2012 he won the Dakar in a MINI ALL4 Racing for the first time, presenting the X-raid Team with its first ever title at the most famous rally in the world. In May of last year, he announced that he would defend his title at the 2013 Dakar – which he did in impressive style.

“Mr. Dakar” is the Dakar.
Cheered on by thousands of fans, Stéphane crossed the finish line in Santiago de Chile with an impressive lead of 42:22 minutes over the second-placed driver in the overall classification, Giniel de Villiers. In the car category, Stéphane is only the fifth winner in the history of the Dakar to successfully defend his title. Only Jean-Louis Schlesser (1999-2000), Hiroshi Masuoka (2002-2003), Ari Vatanen (1989-1991) and Pierre Lartigue (1994-1996) had achieved the feat before him, whereby Vatanen and Lartigue made two successful defences in a row. But with his 2013 victory, Stéphane is the only driver in the cars category with two back-to-back titles (2004-2005, 2012-2013). This, plus the record number of overall victories means Stéphane can lay claim to possibly the greatest Rally Dakar honours, which comes in the form of a seemingly modest nickname: Stéphane is known as “Mr. Dakar”. Not only does he have the most Dakar victories to his name, but Stéphane also embodies everything that makes the Dakar so fascinating: endurance, toughness, tactical aptitude, driving ability and, of course, success.

Going into the 2013 event, the conditions were far from ideal for Stéphane and the X-raid Team, and did not necessarily point towards another victory. The organisers had introduced rules that allowed all petrol-driven cars greater performance than diesel cars like the MINI ALL4 Racing. Furthermore, the many Buggys in the field not only lined up with more performance, but also less weight. For comparison: the engine in the MINI ALL4 Racing produces 307 hp, the Buggys started with 420 hp and were about 500 kilograms lighter than the MINI ALL4 Racing. However, X-raid Team Principal Sven Quandt knew all he needed to regarding the qualities of the MINI: “Maybe we can’t beat the opposition in terms of raw speed – but we probably can when it came to the reliability of the MINI in general and the MINI’s handling on sand in particular.”

Every faith in the MINI ALL4 Racing.
And that was exactly the case. The MINI ALL4 Racing was a guarantee of reliability at the 2013 Dakar. There were absolutely no technical faults to complain of, and the overall result was evidence of the MINI’s class. As well as Stéphane in first place, his team-mates Leonid Novitskiy in the orange MINI ALL4 Racing finished third and Nani Roma in the yellow MINI came home in fifth. In addition, the MINI trio claimed six of 14 possible stage wins, which means that more than 42 per cent of the stages were won by a MINI. A remarkable result. However, Stéphane never had any doubt about the qualities of the MINI ALL4 Racing. Shortly before the start of the Dakar he said: “I have every faith in the MINI.” And the MINI repaid this trust at the 2013 Dakar – a fact that Stéphane valued highly at the end of the rally.

“As in 2012, we did not have a single technical fault on the MINI to complain about. As such, I am delighted that I was able to defend my title in the MINI ALL4 Racing,” said Stéphane. “It was once again an exciting Dakar and the victory is amazing, even though I have lined up at the Dakar so often. Up until its win last year, the X-raid Team had had to wait a long time for a victory. And now it has defended its title! That was only possible as a team, however. I would like to thank everyone involved for the work they put in.” Praise that Team Principal Quandt was happy to return: “We knew that it would not be easy to win another Dakar. But we also knew how well prepared we were as a team and just what the MINI is capable of. That, plus the great performances put in by our driving teams, particularly Stéphane Peterhansel, who I would like to congratulate on his eleventh Dakar win, allowed us to be successful again this year.”

As such, an outstanding 2013 Rally Dakar for the X-raid Team and MINI draws to a close. However, before Stéphane and Co. begin their long journey home, they can enjoy the presentation ceremony and champagne shower. Both will take place on Sunday afternoon (local time) at the heart of Santiago de Chile, close to the Centro Cultural Palacio de La Moneda. You will shortly be able to find the best images from the winner’s party at in the “2013 Rally Dakar” gallery.

Provisional final top five (after leg 14):
1. Peterhansel, 2. de Villiers, 3. Novitskiy, 4. Roma, 5. Terranova

Provisional overall classification
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Finish within reach.

Stéphane Peterhansel is on the cusp of his eleventh Dakar Rally victory. On the penultimate stage the Frenchman drove consistently in the MINI ALL4 Racing.

(Via MINI Motorsport) With the final stretch of the 2013 Dakar Rally now well within sight, Stéphane Peterhansel is not to be stopped. On the penultimate stage, running from Copiapó to La Serena in Chile, the Frenchman in the green +MINI ALL4 Racing maintained the gap to his closest challengers - the pairing of De Villiers/Von Zitzewitz - who now lie approximately 45 minutes in arrears.

However, despite his comfortable lead, the X-raid Team’s ten-time +Dakar - The Ultimate Rally Race winner did not for a moment relax on the thirteenth stage, particularly as the 441-kilometre stage’s extended dunes proved extremely challenging. Maximum concentration was demanded to prevent hitting the large rocks hidden by the soft sand, any one of which could result in tyre damage.

Novitskiy and Roma continue in the Top 5.
While Stéphane controls the event from the front, his X-raid team-mates Leonid Novitskiy and Nani Roma continue to post strong performances on the world’s toughest rally. On Friday, Leonid in the yellow MINI ALL4 Racing once again forced his way past Nani into third, and is thus in a potential podium position.

On the Saturday the crews face the final stage of this year’s Dakar Rally. The route to the finish in Santiago de Chile takes in winding, hard-surface roads more reminiscent of the World Rally Championship stages. In addition, hilly terrain, choking dust and gravel are on the menu. Thus the challenges continue all the way to the finish, with no chance at all for a breather.

The fourteenth and final stage of the 2013 Dakar Rally starts at 10:08 local Chilean time. Full information is available on and

Top 5 (after Stage 13):
1. Peterhansel, 2. de Villiers, 3. Novitskiy, 4. Roma, 5. Terranova

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Whut up, my names Donald.

I'm a cool easy going kind of guy who enjoys having a good time. I'm mature for my age but the Toys"R"Us kid inside of me still enjoys going to theme parks, playing those cool video games, racing go-karts and having those gut-wrenching laughs.  It's against my religion to miss a good movie.  I enjoy listening to all kinds of music. My favorite genres are hip-hop, rock, electro, and mash-ups.  If I can understand the lyrics or the song's got a good beat then I can pretty much listen to anything.

I'm a native Texan and have lived here since 1984.
I have lived in both the Houston area and the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas.  I don't plan to move out of this great state unless the reason was for employment opportunities. My ultimate getaway is any place that has sandy beaches, palm trees, and rolling tides.  However because off catastrophic natural disasters I would not like to reside anywhere near the coast.  I'm pretty knowledgeable when it comes to computers.  I have been working as a Printed Circuit Board Designer for several years now even though my major is in Computer Aided Drafting & Design.

I am one of the biggest automotive enthusiast in the world.
I love anything and everything automotive.  I particularly have a strong passion for the European automotive world especially international motorsports like rally car racing.  I really enjoy the competition of real world cars in real world environments.  This automotive fascination all started back with me drawing cars free-handed on paper at the early age of 5 to racking up countless hours on racing simulators on PlayStation at the age of 13 to working on classic cars at the age of 18.  Honestly if I had a choice of profession it would definitely be either an automotive designer or rally racer.  I have been a fan of the British Mini ever since I first saw one in a magazine back in 1997.  I purchased my first Classic Mini in 2003 after working an entire summer at Six Flags Over Texas and since then I have owned a total of 3 Minis, with 2 being classics.  Coop, my current Mini is a 1985 Austin Mini City E.  I had the car personally imported over from the UK.  The car will be undergoing a slow
restomod rebuild.  In time Coop will ultimately be a tribute to the last 'Works' Group A Rally Mini Coopers.  This no expense spared project will take several years to complete. 

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