Dakar/X-Raid: All the preparations completed on site

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– Great atmosphere during the podium crossing in Paraguay

– Scrutineering and administrative checks completed
In just a few hours, the competitors finally will start into the first stage of the 2017 Dakar, taking them from Asuncion, Paraguay, to Resistencia, Argentina. The MINI John Cooper Works Rally and MINI ALL4 Racing pairings just can’t wait for the action to begin and the rest of the team also is happy that the waiting is over.

Yazeed Al-Rajhi tries to take it easy, during these final hours. « Following the demanding practice and the long flight I will try to relax to then be ready to really go for it, » the Saudi reveals. Meanwhile, Mikko Hirvonen admits that his approach is completely different. “These day always are the worst for me, says the Fin, “I don’t want to wait. I want to get behind the wheel and go racing.


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