• Jan 10, 2011
X-Raid Mini Countryman All4 Racing – Click above for high-res image gallery

So much for the maxi Mini. The X-Raid Countryman rally raider, whose development we've been following from the get-go, was forced out of the Dakar rally over the weekend, ending the rally-prepped Mini's campaign even faster than it started.

With French rally driver Guerlain Chicherit behind the wheel, the Mini Dakar had gotten up as high as ninth place overall by the sixth stage on Friday. But when the convoy came to a rest on Saturday, Chicherit took the opportunity to get in some practice runs and reportedly got into a big crash that sent the car tumbling end-over-end. Chicherit sustained a minor head injury, as rally medical personnel monitored his condition at the on-site medical center.

While the Mini is out of the running, this year's rally is far from over for the X-Raid team as one of their BMWs – driven by Stephane Peterhansel – is running third behind the Volkswagens of Carlos Sainz and Nasser Al-Attiyah.

[Source: Autosport]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Practicing? Pretty sure there was some late night hoonage going on, how could you resist.
      • 4 Years Ago
      here is a picture of what is left of it


      The team manager is seriously POd. It doubt Chicherit will be back next year
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh wow. That's a ridiculous photo (and vehicle).
      • 4 Years Ago
      As a result of making changes to the car, Guerlain Chicherit was trying the car before the stage to see if they worked. Obviously not.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Was this on the rest day?
        • 4 Years Ago
        In the withdrawals he's listed as withdrawing on Stage 7, but that's probably because he wasn't able to line up for the stage.

        As of today (Stage 8), the leaders have swapped, and Al-Attiyah leads Sainz.

        Vamos, El Matador!

        (and it only took me three tries to post this. Damn posting system.)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Al-Attiyah leads! Thats cool to see. Sainz has won it 2 times before right? I like Al-Attiyah. He is an olympic skeet shooter too. VW is killing it.