X-Raid SS1: Short but fierce start into the Dakar

Bryce Menzies © DR

– Four MINI in the top 10
– 30 kilometres acress sand and dunes
The first stage of the 2018 Dakar is over. After 30 kilometres across the Dunes at Pisco, four MINI vehicles hold top 10 positions. Bryce Menzies and Pete Mortensen (both USA) finished fourth, with their MINI John Cooper Works Buggy.

Behind them Nani Roma and Alex Haro in a MINI John Cooper Works Rally secured fifth place. Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) and Andreas Schulz (GER) took their MINI JCW Buggy to eighth position, with Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski (POL) and Tom Colsoul (BEL) following right behind in ninth.

For Menzies it even was the very first Dakar stage. “Yes, it was emotional and I was somewhat nervous, prior to the start,