After 13 stages, more than 13,000 kilometres and one of the most gruelling Dakars ever, Nani Roma and his French co-driver Michel Périn led home the Mini All 4 Racing hat-trick, with their yellow machine. Second place was secured by Peterhansel /Cottret in the black MINI ALL4 Racing, with Team X-raid driver Nasser Al-Attiyah and his Spanish co-driver Lucas Cruz securing third place, in their white MINI ALL4 Racing.
Roma took the lead on day 3 and held it through to day 12, when Peterhansel stepped out in front. But with team orders in play, Peterhansel allowed Roma to regain the lead on the final stage to take victory.
For winner Nani Roma, the year 2014 represents a very special anniversary: 10 years ago, he won the motorbike ranking of the Dakar! In the following year, he already switched to four wheels! With his win in the 2014 Dakar, he followed the footsteps of Auriol and Peterhansel and now is the only third driver who succeeded in winning the legendary event on two and four wheels.
Marc Coma and Jordi Viladoms took the top two places in the motorcycle category. Behind the two KTM riders, Frenchman Olivier Pain rounded off the podium after fending off the late attacks of his leader, Cyril Despres.
The Chilean Yamaha rider Ignacio Casale took the quad race honours, where only 15 finished out of the 40 starters in the category! Sonik from Poland was second and the Dutchman, Husseini was third in the class.
The Russian Kamaz team of Karginov, Mokeev and Devyatkin won an extremely close battle in the truck category. Finishing only 3min 11sec ahead of De Rooy’s Iveco. Nikolaev was third in another Kamaz.
Auto Overall after 13 Stages:
1. N. Roma (ESP) / M. Périn (FRA) MINI ALL4 Racing – 50h 44m 58s
2. S. Peterhansel (FRA) / J.-P. Cottret (FRA) MINI ALL4 Racing – 50h 50m 36s
3. N. Al-Attiyah (QAT) / L. Cruz (ESP) MINI ALL4 Racing – 51h 41m 50s
4. G. de Villiers (ZAF) / D. von Zitzewitz (GER) Toyota – 52h 04m 05s
5. O. Terranova (ARG) / P. Fiúza (POR) MINI ALL4 Racing – 52h 12m 42s
We’ll have full coverage in Edition 38 of Dirtcomp