Two MINI ALL4 Racing Teams to compete at the Italian Baja

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MINI ALL4 Racing to compete at the Italian Baja – round 4 of the 2016 FIA Cross Country World Cup.

X-raid Team MINI ALL4 Racing drivers Yazeed Al Rajhi (KSA) and Bryce Menzies (USA) line up for Italian Baja debuts.

Munich. The 23rd Italian Baja starts today and ends on June 26th. The Event takes place in the region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, northeast Italy, on the rolling plains and river beds around the province of Pordenone.

1 2016 Sealine Cross Country Rally Qatar, Yazeed Al Rajhi (KSA), Timo Gottschalk (GER) - MINI ALL4 Racing #202 - X-raid Team - 28.04.2016

1 2016 Sealine Cross Country Rally Qatar, Yazeed Al Rajhi (KSA), Timo Gottschalk (GER) – MINI ALL4 Racing #202 – X-raid Team – 28.04.2016

Two MINI ALL4 Racing are lined up against a large entry of competitors. Under the banner of X-raid Team, the two MINI ALL4 Racing entries will be crewed by Yazeed Al Rajhi (KSA) and co-pilot Timo Gottschalk (GER) in car #202, with Bryce Menzies (USA) and Tom Colsoul (BEL) in MINI ALL4 Racing #214.

Al Rajhi and Gottschalk have done well this year. In the first third of this year’s FIA Cross Country World Cup, at Round 2 of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, the pairing achieved second place. They also achieved second place at Round 3 of the Qatar Sealine Cross Country Rally. For the Italian Baja, Al Rajhi is in a determined mood to go one better.

2016 Sealine Cross Country Rally Qatar, Yazeed Al Rajhi (KSA), portrait - MINI ALL4 Racing #202 - X-raid Team - 28.04.2016

2016 Sealine Cross Country Rally Qatar, Yazeed Al Rajhi (KSA), portrait – MINI ALL4 Racing #202 – X-raid Team – 28.04.2016

For American Bryce Menzies, the 2016 Italian Baja is only his second outing in a MINI ALL4 Racing. The Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge 2016 was his first full race. Considering he had never competed in such a lengthy desert rally competition, Menzies completed the race in an amazing fourth place with the experienced co-pilot Andreas Schulz (GER) at his side.

2016 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, Bryce Menzies (USA), portrait - MINI ALL4 Racing #211 - X-raid Team - 18.04.2016

2016 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, Bryce Menzies (USA), portrait – MINI ALL4 Racing #211 – X-raid Team – 18.04.2016

Al Rajhi and Menzies’, with their varied rally experiences (climate, terrain, vehicles), are proving to be key components in X-raid Team’s development of the MINI ALL 4 Racing ahead of the 2017 Dakar Rally.

Ongoing testing and development under race conditions is key to the reliability and performance of the vehicle and its success at Dakar, considered the ultimate in long distance cross-country endurance rallies. MINI ALL4 Racing Teams have won the Dakar Rally four consecutive years (2012-15) and completed the 2016 edition in second place, testament to this emphasis on continuous development.

2016 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, Bryce Menzies (USA), Andreas Schulz (GER) - MINI ALL4 Racing #211 - X-raid Team - 18.04.2016

2016 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, Bryce Menzies (USA), Andreas Schulz (GER) – MINI ALL4 Racing #211 – X-raid Team – 18.04.2016

Racing action at the 2016 Italian Baja starts Friday 24th June with a “shakedown” test for the competing teams. This will be followed at 17:00 local time by a spectacular timed Super Special Stage (SSS – Leg 1) in the area of Cordenons.

The end results of SSS Leg 1 will determine the start order for the two Special Stages (SS 2/3) of Leg 2, Saturday 25th June.

Leg 3 on the final day, Sunday 26th June, features two further Special Stages before the final result late afternoon – results that hopefully will mirror the MINI win achieved in the 2015 Italian Baja.

 

2016 Italian Baja : MINI ALL4 Racing line up

Driver Co-driver # Team
Yazeed Al Rajhi
(KSA)
Timo Gottschalk (GER) 202 X-raid Team
Bryce Menzies (USA) Tom Colsoul (BEL) 214 X-raid Team

Remaining Race calendar: 2016 FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies.

July 22-24: Baja Aragón
Sept 11-14: Hungarian Baja
Sept 25-28: Baja Poland
Oct 3-8: Rallye Oilibya du Maroc
Oct 21-23: Baja Portalegre 500