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Mini pre-Italia15 (1)Round eight of the 2015 FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup, Baja Poland (28-30th August), will feature six MINI ALL4 Racing. Leading the charge once again in their MINI ALL4 Racing will be present World Cup leading crew of Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT) and co-driver Mathieu Baumel (FRA).

Following on from a convincing win at the Hungarian Baja (14-16th August), Nasser and Baumel now lead the 2015 FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup with just three races of the ten race-series remaining. Being in such a strong position doesn’t mean Al-Attiyah can afford to take his foot off the gas pedal, or Baumel to take his eyes off the road ahead.

Competition within the 2015 FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup is very strong and, arguably, Al-attiyah’s most dangerous rivals at the 706 kilometre event are the five fellow MINI ALL4 Racing crews starting alongside him at the Szczecin location.

The second MINI ALL4 Racing on the entry list is that of Dutch duo Erik Van Loon and Wouter Rosegaar. This partnership has been amongst World Cup action on many occasions with excellent results to show for their hard work. With the honed MINI ALL4 Racing fast becoming a legend within Cross Country Rally, not one MINI ALL4 Racing crew can be discounted from taking top spot at the end of the event.

Seated within MINI ALL4 Racing #106 will be the Polish pairing of Krzysztof Hołowczyc and Lukasz Kurzeja. Holowczyc is a veteran rally driver especially within his home country; four Baja Poland wins (2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014) is an envious amount of experience –and a seriously big home advantage. Even so, Baja Poland has two more Polish drivers with MINI ALL4 Racing controls in their hands…

Once again Adam Malysz (POL) sits alongside co-driver Xavier Panseri (POL) to further his experience within a MINI ALL4 Racing. Malysz first got to grips with MINI ALL4 Racing at the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (round 2, 27th March – 2nd April and immediately showed his skills with a fine seventh-place finish despite a stage crash.

Mini pre-Italia15 (2)Making his debut on four-wheels is Polish motorcycle cross country rally star Jakub Przygoński. With six starts in the motorcycle category of the legendary Dakar Rally, Przygoński has already shown the determination and skill needed to compete in what is the most arduous endurance land race. This experience will stand him in good stead when he takes control of the high performance MINI ALL4 Racing at Dakar Rally 2016. For Przygoński, the Baja Poland is all about learning how to make the best use of the MINI ALL4 Racing’s performance under race conditions. Helping him to adapt to four wheel competition will be vastly experienced co-pilot Andreas Schulz (DE).

The final MINI ALL4 Racing (#125) to compete in Baja Poland will be the popular figures of Stephan Schott (DE) and Pedro Velosa (PRT). Both men are cross country rally enthusiasts and between them have a wealth of Dakar Rally experience – Schott as a driver and Velosa as motorcycle rider and co-pilot.

Boulevard Wały Chrobrego, Szczecin is the new starting location for Baja Poland. From this point the competitors drive to the first rally stage. On Saturday, two demanding stages start from a military site at nearby Drawsko Pomorskie. Sunday sees the final stage of the Baja Poland cover 120 kilometres around Dobra before the result ceremony.

Driver Co-driver Car #
Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT) Mathieu Baumel (FRA) 101
Erik Van Loon (NLD) Wouter Rosegaar (NLD) 105
Krzysztof Hołowczyc (POL) Lukasz Kurzeja (POL) 106
Adam Malysz (POL) Xavier Panseri (FRA) 108
Jakub Przygoński (POL) Andreas Schulz (DE) 116
Stephan Schott (DE) Pedro Velosa (PRT) 125

Mini pre-Italia15 (3)Race calendar: 2015 FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies.
20/02 – 22/02 Baja Russia
27/03 – 02/04 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge
18/04 – 24/04 Sealine Cross-Country Rally Qatar
10/05 – 17/05 Pharaons Rally
25/06 – 28/06 Italian Baja
24/07 – 26/07 Baja Aragón
13/08 – 16/08 Hungarian Baja
27/08 – 30/08 Baja Poland
03/10 – 09/10 Rallye du Maroc
22/10 – 24/10 Baja Portalegre 500

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