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Daily Archives: January 12th, 2015

MINI continues to lead the way as the competitors enter the second part of the 2015 Dakar Rally. With eight stages down, Nasser Al-Attiyah/Mathieu Baumel (QT/FR), who have been in front since leg two, lead De Villiers/Von Zitzewitz by 8:27 minutes. The rest day in Iquique (CL) presented the drivers and teams with the opportunity to take a quick breather before tackling the second half of Dakar. While 61 out of the 137 cars started have already retired, all ten MINI ALL4 Racing cars are still in the race at the toughest challenge in motorsports.

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Peugeot Dakar15cThe second half of the marathon stage – a long stage complete with an overnight halt in Bolivia, during which competitors are not allowed outside assistance  – brought the crews back to the bivouac in Iquique, Chile, with a dramatic climax as the cars descended the mountainous sand dune overlooking the service park. The two Team Peugeot-Total crews of Stéphane Peterhansel/Jean-Paul Cottret and Cyril Despres/Gilles Picard had another productive day, with Stéphane maintaining eighth overall and Cyril gaining yet more valuable experience. Tomorrow is the traditional Dakar ‘rest day’, with no driving for the car crews, before they start the long trek back to Buenos Aires. Read More »

BHRC & WWRS NEC 15aThere was a fantastic response to the 2015 MSA British Historic Rally Championship and the 2015 West Wales Rally Spares R.A.C. Rally Championship when they were unveiled at Autosport International at the Birmingham NEC (8-11 January).

The Roger Albert Clark Rally Motor Club had a prominent stand from which to launch its 2015 programme and a constant stream of visitors across four days included current and potential competitors, commercial partners, event organisers and fans. Read More »