Roma Tearing Desert

Nani Roma may have been knocked out of contention in the first 13 km of the 2015 Dakar, but that didn’t stop him from offering support to his fellow MINIs or winning Stage 9. Over the course of the previous stages he has helped tow stuck comrades and even gave up one of his spare tires after one of the other MINIs sprung a fourth flat. Behind him at arrival were X-raid teammates Nasser Al-Attiyah, Guerlain Chicherit and Vladimir Vasilyev.

The top three in the overall remained the same at the end of the stage as Al-Attiyah’s lead grew to 24 minutes over the Toyota Hilux of Giniel De Villiers. However, there was a huge shake up in the rest of the top 10 as Toyota driver Bernhard Ten Brinke endured major losses totaling to over 3 hours and 30 minutes and dropping to 9th place overall. Ten Brinke’s misfortune was a boon for the X-raid MINI All4 drivers with Krzysztof Holowczyc, Erik Van Loon, and Vladimir Vasilyev all moving up a spot in the top 10.

Overall Standings After Stage 9

Pos. Name Make Time Variation Penalty
1 301 AL-ATTIYAH (QAT), BAUMEL (FRA) MINI 031:29:38 00:00:00
2 303 DE VILLIERS (ZAF), VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU) TOYOTA 031:53:36 00:23:58 00:00:00
3 325 ALRAJHI (SAU), GOTTSCHALK (DEU) TOYOTA 032:09:07 00:39:29 00:00:00
4 307 HOLOWCZYC (POL), PANSERI (FRA) MINI 032:47:19 01:17:41 00:00:00
5 314 VAN LOON (NLD), ROSEGAAR (NLD) MINI 034:11:24 02:41:46 00:00:00
6 309 LAVIEILLE (FRA), MAIMON (FRA) TOYOTA 034:21:17 02:51:39 00:00:00
7 310 VASILYEV (RUS), ZHILTSOV (RUS) MINI 034:32:19 03:02:41 00:00:00
8 306 SOUSA (PRT), FIUZA (PRT) MITSUBISHI 035:03:13 03:33:35 00:00:00
9 315 TEN BRINKE (NLD), COLSOUL (BEL) TOYOTA 035:03:45 03:34:07 00:00:00
10 329 RAKHIMBAYEV (KAZ), NIKOLAEV (RUS) MINI 035:11:02 03:41:24 00:00:00
11 320 CHABOT (FRA), PILLOT (FRA) SMG 035:29:38 04:00:00 00:00:00
12 332 ZHOU (CHN), SCHULZ (DEU) MINI 036:20:44 04:51:06 00:00:00
13 319 GARAFULIC (CHL), PALMEIRO (PRT) MINI 036:24:17 04:54:39 00:00:00
14 302 PETERHANSEL (FRA), COTTRET (FRA) PEUGEOT 036:36:20 05:06:42 00:00:00
15 326 SIREYJOL (FRA), BEGUIN (BEL) BUGGY 036:52:51 05:23:13 00:00:00

 

AUTO - DAKAR 2015 PART 2
Krzysztof Holowczyc wasted no time capitalizing on Ten Brinke’s misadventures.

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Erik Van Loon likewise pushed his MINI hard to distance himself from the Toyota of Christian Levielle

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Vladimir Vasilyev is well on his way to a career best finish since switching to a MINI All4 Racing for 2015

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