Dakar SS12 X-Raid: Mikko Hirvonen wins penultimate stage

Mikko Hirvonen and Michel Périn

– Nasser Al-Attiyah comes second

– Tomorrow, the final stage will be finished on the podium in Rosario

Mikko Hirvonen has made it: in the 12th and penultimate stage of his first Dakar Rally, the Finn celebrated his first win – the third for the MINI ALL4 Racing.

At the end of the 480 kilometres, he crossed the finish line with a nine-second lead over his team-mates Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT) / Mathieu Baumel (FRA) who finished second. Nani Roma and Alex Haro (both ESP) came home fifth in the stage from San Juan to Villa Carlos Paz.

The AXION X-raid Team cheered and applauded when stage winner Hirvonen turned in into the service park. “I’m absolutely delighted but also surprised,