|Abu Dhabi DC: X-raid´s Sven Quandt - "Great challenge for drivers and cars".|
After a successful start to the World Cup with second place in the Italian Baja two weeks ago, last year’s winner Leonid Novitskiy and co-driver Andreas Schulz are two of the main favorites for this race with their X-raid BMW X3CC (we reported).
Former Dakar-Winner Stéphane Peterhansel will compete in a Mini All4 Racing for the first time. The Frenchman is looking forward to the rally. "I am delighted to sit after the Dakar in a race car and I am very excited to see how the Mini All4 Racing is handling in the desert," said Peterhansel.
The Mini was becoming one of the spectators’ favorites during the Dakar Rally in January this year in Argentina and Chile. Previously, the X-raid team had delivered a masterpiece and built the car in just 90 days. Despite the short development time, the new racecar was competitive from the beginning.
"The sand dunes of Abu Dhabi and the Desert Challenge are a great challenge for drivers and cars," said X-raid team boss Sven Quandt. "This is just the thing for Stéphane and the Mini All4 Racing. Leonid has already shown last year that he has the territory under control. For him, it is important to finish the race and score points. "
2011/03/31 | 15:13 CET | ARTICLE: MR/SY/X-RAID