The preparations are completed and today, the waiting will finally be over: the 2014 Dakar will be started at Rosario, Argentina, to take the drivers over the course of two weeks to Valparaiso, Chile. In the past days, X-raid had to complete several administrative and technical checks and in addition, the team members had to meet several media appointments.
The first team members flew to Buenos Aires as early as on 30th December to pick up all the service and racing vehicles. The cars had been shipped to Argentina from Le Havre, France, and arrived in Buenos Aires a week before the team. Afterwards, all the vehicles were subjected to an extensive check and on 01st of January, they hit the road for the 250-kiilometre ride to Rosario, Argentina, where the 2014 Dakar starts.
There, the obligatory shake down was executed in the morning of 03rd January. At a 1.5-kilometre circuit not far from the service park, the drivers and their navigators tested the 11 MINI ALL4 Racing and the BMW X3 CC without encountering any major problems. Just a short time later, Stéphane Peterhansel, Nani Roma, Orlando Terranova, Krysztof Holowczyc and Nasser Al Attiyah attended the press conference at Rosario’s MINI dealership in a great atmosphere.
Yesterday was the last day before the 2014 Dakar finally starts with the first stage. Following the administrative approval – where several documents had to be submitted – of all the team members including the drivers, the cars had to pass the scrutineering. The highlight of the day, however, was the podium in the evening. In front of thousands of spectators, the competitors drove across the starting podium.