|Dakar Rally 2014: Peterhansel "Routes in the past 3 years were really good".|
As [ REPORTED ], the Monster X-raid Team is going once again to race the legendary Dakar rally in Argentina and Chile (cars) with French pairing Stéphane Peterhansel / Jean-Paul Cottret and their Mini All4 Racing in 2014. Peterhansel was talking about the upcoming rally, the car and the missing of Peru.
MR: You are going to race the 2014 Dakar Rally for the Monster Energy X-raid Team again. What are the strengths of the team and the Mini All4 Racing?
Peterhansel: "The reliability of the Mini is virtually unique. In two Dakar Rallies, we didn’t encounter a single technical problem. But not only thanks to the very good car but also because of the entire team that is doing an extremely professional job throughout the Dakar.
Despite heat, sand and the massive pressure, everybody works flawlessly. Only this approach enabled us to prevail against competitors who enjoyed regulation advantages."
MR: How do you assess the route of the 2014 Dakar?
Peterhansel: "With our cars, we probably will race only in Argentina and Chile. It’s a pity that only the motorbikes will make the trip to Bolivia and that Peru doesn’t represent a part of the 2014 Dakar.
We had some interesting tracks and great dunes, there, in the past two years. But we should trust in the ASO organisers. The routes in the past three years were really good."
MR: ASO announced that the special stages will be longer and that the cars, too, will have a marathon stages. What do you think about that?
Peterhansel: "That would be great. With the Mini, we’ve got a highly competitive car. We raced the past two Dakar Rallies without encountering any technical problems whatsoever. And I also would be delighted about marathon stages from a personal point of view. They represent a huge challenge – and a challenge we had to cope with in Africa."
2013/03/26 | 12:43 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/QUANDT