Dakar SS4: Two Mini John Cooper Works Buggies make it to the Top 10

Mikko Hirvonen © DR

– Hirvonen finishes fourth, Al-Rajhi ninth

– Orlando Terranova drops back due to a rollover
In the fourth stage, around the Peruvian city of Juan de Marcona, Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) and Andreas Schulz (GER) compensated for the bad luck they had yesterday by securing fourth place with their MINI John Cooper Works Buggy.

Their team-mated Yazeed Al-Rajhi (KSA) / Timo Gottschalk (GER) in a second MINI JCW Buggy also made it to the Top 10 by finishing ninth. Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski (POL) and Tom Colsoul (BEL) came 12th with their team-mates Boris Garafulic (CHI) and Filipe Palmeiro (POR) following right behind. Orlando Terranova and Ronnie Graue (both ARG) rolled at the beginning of the special stage but could continue.
« I am really delighted, » Hirvonen beamed in the X-raid service park. « Finally we were able to demonstrate the true potential of the buggy. Although we had to look for a waypoint two times and once we had to stop to reduce the tyre pressure.