• Title successfully defended. 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.

Munich. Title successfully defended. 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.

Quotes from Rally Dakar 2021:

Stéphane Peterhansel

“I’m over the moon with the win. 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.”

Bernd Körber – Head of the MINI brand

“What a fantastic success for the MINI John Cooper Works Buggy, the X-raid team and in particular for Stéphane Peterhansel and Edouard Boulanger. Congratulations on winning the Dakar! Congratulations to Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz as well, who made it onto the podium again after their win in 2020. Second Dakar win in a row, sixth MINI victory since 2012 – everyone in the MINI family can be very proud of this record. In addition to the Buggy, the MINI John Cooper Works Rally with its four-wheel drive did a very good job once again. I’m happy for all the MINI entrants who took on the toughest endurance rally in the world and made it to the finish line. Unfortunately, this success is overshadowed by the tragic accident involving Pierre Cherpin, which affects us all deeply. We wish the relatives every strength.”

Sven Quandt – CEO X-raid

“It’s never easy winning, but this win was particularly difficult since the terrain is very similar to Africa: fast and slow sectors, with lots of stones – topped off by difficult navigation. We’re delighted to have brought home this sixth win for MINI. We didn’t dare dream of first and third place ahead of the Dakar. The past 14 days have been very tiring: leading the overall standings for much of the rally, the tricky navigation and lots of tyre damage. But once again Stéphane showed that it is not without reason that he is Mr. Dakar. He shone on difficult terrain and drove very cleverly strategically. He only got one day win, but a lead of 14 minutes in the overall standings.”

Rally Dakar 2021 : Final results of MINI entrants

PosDriverCo-driver#MINITeamTime
1.

 

Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA)Edouard Boulanger
(FRA)
302MINI JCW BuggyX-raid MINI JCW Team44:27:11
3.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Vaidotas Zala
(LTU)
Saulius Jurgelenas (LTU)325MINI JCW RallyAgrorodeo

Dakar 2021 Final standings (Cars) –

POS.EXP.DRIVE-TEAMMARK-MODELTIMEVARIATIONPENALITY
1302
(FRA) STÉPHANE PETERHANSEL
(FRA) EDOUARD BOULANGER
X-RAID MINI JCW TEAM44H 28′ 11”00H 01′ 00”
2301
(QAT) NASSER AL-ATTIYAH
(FRA) MATTHIEU BAUMEL
TOYOTA GAZOO RACING44H 42′ 02”+ 00H 13′ 51”
3300
(ESP) CARLOS SAINZ
(ESP) LUCAS CRUZ
X-RAID MINI JCW TEAM45H 29′ 08”+ 01H 00′ 57”
4307
(POL) JAKUB PRZYGONSKI
(DEU) TIMO GOTTSCHALK
ORLEN TEAM/OVERDRIVE47H 03′ 14”+ 02H 35′ 03”00H 02′ 00”
5311
(ESP) NANI ROMA
(FRA) ALEXANDRE WINOCQ
BAHRAIN RAID XTREME47H 49′ 59”+ 03H 21′ 48”
6317
(RUS) VLADIMIR VASILYEV
(RUS) DMITRO TSYRO
X-RAID TEAM47H 57′ 49”+ 03H 29′ 38”00H 01′ 00”
7310
(ARE) SHEIKH KHALID AL QASSIMI
(FRA) XAVIER PANSERI
ABU DHABI RACING48H 01′ 42”+ 03H 33′ 31”00H 05′ 00”
8304
(ZAF) GINIEL DE VILLIERS
(ESP) ALEX HARO BRAVO
TOYOTA GAZOO RACING48H 25′ 50”+ 03H 57′ 39”00H 21′ 00”
9312
(CZE) MARTIN PROKOP
(CZE) VIKTOR CHYTKA
BENZINA ORLEN TEAM48H 37′ 32”+ 04H 09′ 21”00H 01′ 00”
10314
(FRA) CYRIL DESPRES
(CHE) MICHAEL HORN
ABU DHABI RACING49H 19′ 20”+ 04H 51′ 09”00H 51′ 00”
11326
(FRA) CHRISTIAN LAVIEILLE
(FRA) JEAN-PIERRE GARCIN
MD RALLYE SPORT49H 32′ 06”+ 05H 03′ 55”
12320
(LTU) BENEDIKTAS VANAGAS
(PRT) FILIPE PALMEIRO
INBANK TOYOTA GAZOO RACING BALTICS49H 49′ 16”+ 05H 21′ 05”00H 08′ 00”
13361
(CHN) BINGLONG LU
(CHN) WENKE MA
BAIC ORV51H 05′ 47”+ 06H 37′ 36”00H 02′ 00”
14352
(CHN) GUOYU ZHANG
(CHN) HE SHA
BAIC ORV51H 08′ 54”+ 06H 40′ 43”00H 03′ 00”
15343
(CHN) YANGUI LIU
(CHN) HONGYU PAN
BAIC ORV51H 24′ 29”+ 06H 56′ 18”00H 22′ 00”
16303
(SAU) YAZEED AL RAJHI
(DEU) DIRK VON ZITZEWITZ
OVERDRIVE TOYOTA51H 26′ 50”+ 06H 58′ 39”
17335
(BRA) GUIGA SPINELLI
(BRA) YOUSSEF HADDAD
X-RAID TEAM51H 38′ 36”+ 07H 10′ 25”00H 01′ 00”
18318
(CHN) WEI HAN
(CHN) MIN LIAO
QUZHOU MOTORSPORT CITY TEAM51H 48′ 07”+ 07H 19′ 56”00H 22′ 00”
19321
(FRA) DOMINIQUE HOUSIEAUX
(FRA) SIMON VITSE
MD RALLYE SPORT52H 03′ 24”+ 07H 35′ 13”00H 03′ 00”
20334
(PRT) RICARDO POREM
(PRT) JORGE MONTEIRO
BORGWARD RALLY TEAM52H 41′ 23”+ 08H 13′ 12”00H 26′ 00”
21330
(ZAF) SHAMEER VARIAWA
(ZAF) DENNIS MURPHY
TOYOTA GAZOO RACING53H 10′ 50”+ 08H 42′ 39”00H 02′ 00”
22322
(FRA) RONAN CHABOT
(FRA) GILLES PILLOT
OVERDRIVE TOYOTA53H 44′ 39”+ 09H 16′ 28”00H 26′ 00”
23329
(LTU) ANTANAS JUKNEVICIUS
(LTU) DARIUS VAICIULIS
KREDA54H 05′ 32”+ 09H 37′ 21”00H 03′ 00”
24331
(RUS) VICTOR KHOROSHAVSEV
(RUS) ANTON NIKOLAEV
X-RAID TEAM54H 10′ 20”+ 09H 42′ 09”00H 02′ 00”
25356
(LTU) EDVINAS JUSKAUSKAS
(LTU) AISVYDAS PALIUKENAS
HESTON AIRLINES TEAM PITLANE54H 10′ 32”+ 09H 42′ 21”00H 25′ 00”
26347
(NLD) TIM CORONEL
(NLD) TOM CORONEL
CORONEL DAKAR TEAM54H 39′ 43”+ 10H 11′ 32”00H 04′ 00”
27341
(FRA) MICHAEL PISANO
(FRA) MAX DELFINO
MD RALLYE SPORT54H 44′ 54”+ 10H 16′ 43”00H 02′ 00”
28327
(ESP) ISIDRE ESTEVE PUJOL
(ESP) TXEMA VILLALOBOS
REPSOL RALLY TEAM54H 51′ 18”+ 10H 23′ 07”00H 02′ 00”
29358
(BRA) MARCELO TIGLIA GASTALDI
(BRA) LOURIVAL ROLDAN
CENTURY RACING54H 55′ 20”+ 10H 27′ 09”00H 32′ 00”
30323
(RUS) DENIS KROTOV
(LVA) OLEG UPERENKO
MSK RALLY TEAM55H 55′ 22”+ 11H 27′ 11”00H 28′ 00”
31342
(LTU) GINTAS PETRUS
(PRT) JOSE MARQUES
PETRUS KOMBUCHA TEAM56H 56′ 50”+ 12H 28′ 39”00H 20′ 00”
32339
(ZAF) BRIAN BARAGWANATH
(ZAF) TAYE PERRY
CENTURY RACING57H 25′ 58”+ 12H 57′ 47”00H 23′ 00”
33344
(FRA) PHILIPPE BOUTRON
(FRA) MAYEUL BARBET
SODICARS RACING57H 51′ 11”+ 13H 23′ 00”
34336
(FRA) JEAN PIERRE STRUGO
(FRA) FRANÇOIS BORSOTTO
PH-SPORT58H 36′ 58”+ 14H 08′ 47”00H 09′ 00”
35349
(ESP) MANUEL PLAZA PEREZ
(ESP) MONICA PLAZA
SODICARS RACING58H 45′ 20”+ 14H 17′ 09”00H 01′ 00”
36364
(BEL) ERWIN IMSCHOOT
(BEL) OLIVIER IMSCHOOT
MD RALLYE SPORT58H 53′ 11”+ 14H 25′ 00”00H 46′ 00”
37355
(SAU) ALABDALALI SALEH
(SAU) MOHAMMED ALNAIM
YAZEED RACING60H 03′ 15”+ 15H 35′ 04”00H 04′ 00”
38340
(JPN) AKIRA MIURA
(FRA) LAURENT LICHTLEUCHTER
TOYOTA AUTO BODY62H 36′ 53”+ 18H 08′ 42”
39316
(SAU) YASIR SEAIDAN
(RUS) ALEXEY KUZMICH
SRT RACING62H 57′ 55”+ 18H 29′ 44”00H 02′ 00”
40345
(FRA) RONALD BASSO
(FRA) JEAN MICHEL POLATO
TOYOTA AUTO BODY64H 42′ 04”+ 20H 13′ 53”00H 22′ 00”
41346
(ARE) KHALID ALJAFLA
(ARE) ALI MIRZA
ALJAFLA RACING67H 34′ 29”+ 23H 06′ 18”00H 12′ 00”
42338
(CZE) TOMAS OUREDNICEK
(CZE) DAVID KRIPAL
ULTIMATE DAKAR70H 20′ 09”+ 25H 51′ 58”02H 52′ 00”
43315
(FRA) ROMAIN DUMAS
(FRA) GILLES DE TURCKHEIM
REBELLION MOTORS71H 37′ 48”+ 27H 09′ 37”01H 36′ 00”
44308
(FRA) MATHIEU SERRADORI
(BEL) FABIAN LURQUIN
SRT RACING76H 42′ 45”+ 32H 14′ 34”15H 36′ 00”
45363
(ESP) BORJA RODRIGUEZ
(ESP) RUBEN RODRIGUEZ
FN SPEED – AUTOMOTOR 4X479H 31′ 36”+ 35H 03′ 25”01H 26′ 00”
46373
(FRA) ROGER AUDAS
(FRA) FRANCK MALDONADO
SODICARS RACING82H 15′ 44”+ 37H 47′ 33”01H 20′ 00”
47348
(BEL) ALEXANDRE LEROY
(FRA) NICOLAS DELANGUE
SRT RACING91H 28′ 11”+ 47H 00′ 00”19H 06′ 00”
48369
(FRA) MARCO PIANA
(ITA) DAVID GIOVANNETTI
XTREMEPLUS POLARIS FACTORY TEAM304H 33′ 43”+ 260H 05′ 32”189H 03′ 00”

NC

Ka-Chow!