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Mini Poland16 (1)Baja Poland, the seventh round of the FIA Cross Country World Cup, proved once again to be the arena for Polish rally expert Krzysztof Holowczyc to showcase his exceptional driving talent. For Holowczyc, this particular race and fine second place result will be equally memorable as his five previous Baja Poland victories.

The 2016 edition of Baja Poland was a one-off race for Holowczyc – and first major race since his retirement at the end of the 2015 rally season. With fellow countryman Lukasz Kurzeja in the co-driver seat, the pair started Baja Poland in a determined mood. Read More »

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Mini pre-Poland16 (1)Baja Poland is the seventh round of the FIA Cross Country World Cup and takes place over four days (25-28th August). The event’s main staging area will be located in Szczecin, with the seven designated rally stages taking place in and around Dobra and Lubieszyn as well as the military zone in Drawsko Pomorskie. Read More »

The 16th edition of the Hungarian Baja concluded today after a spectacular opening event of a Super Special Stage (SSS), followed by two days of challenging long distance rally action over three Special Stages. The end result of this tough competition saw MINI ALL4 Racing cars fill the top two positions.

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Now in its 16th year, the Hungarian Baja is a proven and very popular race to feature on the FIA Cross Country World Cup calendar. The action for this four day event begins on Thursday 11th August and concludes Sunday 14th August.Mini pre-Hungary16 Read More »

Seven MINI ALL4 Racing complete the most gruelling cross-country rally within top fifteen. Mikko Hirvonen and Harry Hunt excel in their first experience of the Dakar Rally with Hirvonen clinching the Best Rookie title in the car category.

Once again the MINI brand celebrates success at the Dakar Rally with Al-Attiyah (QAT) and co-pilot Mathieu Baumel (FRA) completing the 38th edition of the Dakar Rally as best placed all-wheel drive car. The provisional general ranking results show Stéphane Peterhansel as the quickest man overall in category and congratulations are extended to Peugeot. In the meantime, AXION X-raid Team driver Al-Attiyah is listed as finishing with a hard fought second. The result of an ongoing race appeal will determine the full and official result. Read More »

Persistence pays off. Al-Attiyah quickest through four Waypoints of 431km Special Stage to take Stage 11 win.

Once again the combination of Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT) and co-pilot Mathieu Baumel (FRA) showed the form that captured them the 2015 Dakar title by placing their AXION X-raid Team (#300) MINI ALL4 Racing first across the Special Stage finish line. Read More »

Savage desert heat of 50-degrees causes problems for bike and car competitors. Dakar organisers compelled to stop Stage 9 at 179km for safety reasons.

Once again the weather conditions determined the result of a Dakar special stage. In the opening week, very early on, rain put paid to many a competitor’s Dakar challenge. But today’s weather in the Belen-Belen stage proved to be the opposite extreme in the desert arena. With competitors in the bike classes having problems with the severe desert floor heat, Dakar officials made the decision to stop the race at CP2 for safety reasons.

The result for Stage 9 was determined by the best time at CP2. For early flyers Erik van Loon (NLD) and Wouter Rosegaar (NLD) in the Van Loon Racing (#306) MINI ALL4 Racing, this gave them their best result so far this Dakar with a stage finish of second. This result now has the Dutch duo currently in eighth in the overall top ten. Read More »

Drivers and co-drivers of the MINI ALL4 Racing family take time out to draw up battle plans for week two of the most arduous long distance cross-country rally race.Mini Dakar16 Rest Day (6) Read More »

Nine MINI ALL4 Racing take up residency in the top 20, of which five make up the top 15. Terranova and Roma fight back to reclaim positions.Mini Dakar16 Day 5 (3) Read More »

MINI prepares to achieve fifth consecutive Dakar Rally win with strongest line up yet of MINI ALL4 Racing and crews.Mini Dakar is go 16g Read More »