Six Mini racers travel to Morocco

Mikko Hirvonen © DR

– Three MINI John Cooper Works racers to contest the event

– Final preparations for the 2018 Dakar
The ‘Rallye du Maroc’ (4th to 10th October, 2017) is the penultimate round on the FIA World Cup calendar and – at the same time – it represents the final preparation in the desert prior to the Dakar Rally held in January 2018. Many drivers use this event as a final test for the season highlight in competition conditions.

On 4th October, three MINI John Cooper Works Rally and three MINI ALL4 Racing cars will roll over the start podium in Fez. The rally schedule comprises five stages, one of them a marathon stage, and takes the field to Erfoud.
After having competed in two Bajas in Europe, Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) and Andreas Schulz (GER) want to use the ‘Rallye du Maroc’ to keep on improving their collaboration in the MINI John Cooper Works Rally. After their bad luck in the Silk Way Rally, Bryce Menzies and Pete Mortensen (both USA) also will contest the event with a MINI John Cooper Works Rally. For them it’s of major importance to gather more experience on sand for an ideal preparation for the Dakar. Meanwhile, Orlando Terranova and Bernardo ‘Ronnie’ Graue (both ARG) will contest the Moroccan event with a MINI ALL4 Racing. Due to their win in the Desaf