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SA-Dakar 2012: X-raid Team fields eight vehicles in 2012 Southamerica Dakar.




Team X-raid will field a record line-up in 2012 Southamerica-Dakar which will lead from Argentina through Chile to Peru. A total of eight vehicles entered by the German squad - five Minis All4 Racing and three BMWs X3CC - will compete in the legendary event that will be started in Mar del Plata, Argentina.

And with Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA)/Jean-Paul Cottret (FRA), Nani Roma (ESP)/Michel Perin (FRA) and Krzysztof Holowczyc (POL)/Jean Marc Fortin (BEL), the X-raid line-up features at least three driver pairings that have got what it takes to win the Dakar, with their Mini All4 Racing.

Team X-raid’s line-up is completed by Leonid Novitskiy (RUS)/Andi Schulz (GER) and Ricardo Leal dos Santos (POR)/Paulo Fiuza (POR) who also will contest the event with the Mini All4 Racing. Meanwhile, the three BMWs X3 CC will be raced by the pairings Duos Boris Garafulic (CHI)/Gilles Picard (FRA), Alexander Mironenko (RUS)/Sergey Lebedev (RUS) and Stephan Schott (GER)/Holm Schmidt (GER).

Team X-raid is going to turn the desert into a colourful place, in January, with the five Mini All4 Racing contesting the 2012 Dakar in different, striking liveries: Stéphane Peterhansel und Jean-Paul Cottret have set themselves the goal to battle it out at the very front end of the field, with their green ‘Monster Energy Mini All4 Racing’. The nine-time Dakar winner is fiercely determined to celebrate his 10th Dakar triumph and cross the finish line in Lima, Peru, as the 2012 Dakar winner.

Their team-mate Nani Roma will attack together with his co-pilot Michel Périn in a yellow ‘Monster Energy Mini All4 Racing’. The Spaniard already has celebrated a motorbike win in the Dakar and now wants to polish up his CV by adding a Dakar win or a podium place on four wheels to his record.

With Krzysztof Holowczyc and Jean-Marc Fortin, racing an Orlen Mini All4 Racing in the livery of the Pole’s main sponsor, there is a third competitive pairing representing X-raid. With boosted self-confidence following their wins in the 2011 Silk Way Rally and the 2011 Baja Poland, they certainly also want to become a factor in the fight for the overall win.

Meanwhile, Leonid Novitskiy will race - together with his German navigator Andi Schulz - the orange Monster Energy Mini All4 Racing and is keen on demonstrating the experience he gathered as two-time FIA World Cup winner. While Ricardo Leal dos Santos and Paulo Fiuza will contest the Dakar with the red Monster Energy Mini All4 Racing. Dos Santos has got many years of Dakar experience under his belt and could make it to the top 10 again as last year.

Boris Garafulic and Gilles Picard are one of the three X-raid pairings competing in the Dakar with a BMW X3CC, in their case with the Vision Advisors BMW X3CC. It’s the second Dakar appearance of the Chilean.

Alexander Mironenko and Sergey Lebedev will join the Dakar adventure in the cockpit of a BMW X3CC. The two Russians also contested the Silk Way Rally and the Baja Poland for the Trebur based squad. While Stephan Schott und Holm Schmidt - who already drove the 2011 Dakar for Team X-raid - will race the KS TOOLS BMW X3CC. They want to make it to the top 15.

"We have got a truly competitive line-up and are very well prepared for the 2012 Dakar. It will be a difficult Dakar and the competition which will benefit from the modification of the regulations should not be underestimated, especially the Toyotas and Mitsubishis." said X-raid team Manager Sven Quandt.

"Stéphane Peterhansel most definitely represents our spearhead but the other four Mini All4 Racing also are raced by extremely competitive drivers. The motor-racing enthusiasts certainly will witness a fierce fight for the win but I’m convinced that they also will be thrilled by our colorful fleet."

On 1st January, 2012, in Mar del Plata, Argentina, the Dakar Rally officially starts into its first stage. Meanwhile, the fans and spectators have the chance of seeing the cars for the first time on New Year’s Eve when they are rolling over the podium on the city’s central square.

From the Argentinean holiday resort, the event takes the competitors over the Andes to Chile. Copiapo, well-known due to the spectacular rescue of the miners in 2010, will be the venue of the day of rest, scheduled for 08th January. Afterwards, the competitors start into the second half of the rally - to the finish in Peru’s capital Lima.

2011/11/04 | 21:33 CET | ARTICLE: MR/SY/QUANDT











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SA-Dakar Rally: OSCar eO becomes the first electric vehicle to finish Dakar. | 29.01.2012 22:56 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Recap - Robby Gordon "Ready to start talking about 2013". | 22.01.2012 14:36 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Darren Skilton finished with the help of Australia´s Olholm. | 21.01.2012 22:20 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Third successive truck category win for Japanese Hino Trucks. | 19.01.2012 16:43 |




SA-Dakar Rally: The "real" car heroes - Xavier Foj wins T2 production class. | 16.01.2012 21:33 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Rally costs Peru 400 mio USD, country will be start in 2013. | 16.01.2012 18:57 |




SA-Dakar Rally: "Ginny" and "Schnietz" - A story of friendship and respect. | 16.01.2012 18:18 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Mitsubishi result - "Small moments have significant impact". | 16.01.2012 16:09 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Jihong/Min best Nissan & Chinese, Magnaldi 3rd in buggies. | 16.01.2012 14:51 |




SA-Dakar Rally: André Dessoude - "Not a difficult Dakar, but a complicated". | 16.01.2012 14:19 |




SA-Dakar Rally: History in Trucks - Iveco first time beat legendary Kamaz. | 15.01.2012 23:39 |




SA-Dakar Rally: "Dakar Dominator" - X-raid with 5 Mini and 3 BMW in Lima. | 15.01.2012 23:00 |




SA-Dakar Rally: First X-raid win - Quandt "Achieved our long-awaited goal". | 15.01.2012 22:38 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Sousa/Garcin in Top 10 - Great Wall "Let´s talk about future". | 15.01.2012 21:59 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Peterhansel, Foj, Chabot and De Rooy winners cars & trucks. | 15.01.2012 20:55 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Aprilia without changing engine - Duclos "Think about 2013". | 15.01.2012 20:37 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Husqvarna Speedbrain Team happy about 6 podium finishes. | 15.01.2012 20:19 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Kinigadner "Despres/Coma battle one of tightest in history". | 15.01.2012 20:05 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Cyril Despres 4th Dakar title ever, 11th for KTM from Austria. | 15.01.2012 19:03 |




SA-Dakar Rally RESULTS TRUCKS: Stage and Overall results SS14 - F I N A L | 15.01.2012 18:18 |




SA-Dakar Rally RESULTS CARS: Stage and Overall results SS14 - F I N A L | 15.01.2012 18:16 |




SA-Dakar Rally RESULTS BIKES: Stage and Overall results SS14 - F I N A L | 15.01.2012 17:32 |




SA-Dakar Rally TICKER: Dakar reaches Lima City - De Rooy winner in trucks. | 15.01.2012 16:32 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Third at first Dakar Rally - Toyota makes motorsport history. | 15.01.2012 16:17 |




SA-Dakar Rally TICKER: Peterhansel, Roma and De Villiers the car winners. | 15.01.2012 15:17 |




SA-Dakar Rally TICKER: That´s it for Bikes - Coma penalty, Despres winner. | 15.01.2012 15:07 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Ten Brinke/Baumel best Mitsubishi crew in 2012 and Top 10. | 15.01.2012 13:54 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Dessoude´s Zhou Jihong / Liao Min best Nissan after SS 13. | 15.01.2012 13:10 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Hino Trucks to achieve goal of winning "Under 10-litre class". | 15.01.2012 12:46 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Sensational 3rd place for Toyota - only 29 kms to finish line. | 15.01.2012 12:03 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Carlos Sousa and Great Wall gets back the 7th place overall. | 14.01.2012 22:46 |




SA-Dakar Rally: X-raid Peterhansel and Iveco De Rooy on the edge of glory. | 14.01.2012 21:58 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Aprilia´s Alain Duclos last factory-rider without engine change. | 14.01.2012 21:24 |




SA-Dakar Rally TICKER: Peterhansel wins in cars, Karginov-Kamaz in Trucks. | 14.01.2012 20:28 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Leader Cyril Despres "SS 13 was psychologically very tough". | 14.01.2012 19:59 |




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