Known as the most rigorous, demanding, and intense long-distance cross-country rally on the motorsport calendar year, Dakar Rally 2019 began on January 6 with MINI Motorsport and X-raid being represented by eight different MINI John Cooper Works Buggy and a MINI John Cooper Works Rally models. Peru was selected to host this year's Dakar Rally, and its challenging desert landscape paired with its wicked mountainous terrain made it the perfect destination for this ultimate off-roading test of skill and will. The Dakar Rally is run in ten different stages, and the first stage of the race took the riders from Lima to Pisco. At the end of the first stage, three MINI models had broken the top 5! During the second stage from Pisco to San Juan de Marcona, four MINI teams had worked their way into the top 10 with Joan 'Nani' Roma and co-driver Alex Haro of Spain ending the stage in second place.

For the third stage of the Dakar Rally, drivers had to race from San Juan de Marcona to Arequipa. And for the first time in this rally, MINI John Cooper Works Buggy drivers St├ęphane Peterhansel and co-driver David Castera of France took first place in a stage since the start of the race. By the fifth stage of the race, Mother Nature intervened with thick, impenetrable fog that forced race officials to stop the race. Because of the severe fog, only 19 competitors were able to fully finish stage 5. Stage 6 of Dakar Rally 2019 went from Arequipa back to San Juan de Marcona and finished up with three MINI crews back in the overall top 5. As the rally comes to a close, we'll be back with another blog to finish up our coverage of Dakar Rally 2019 soon--keep an eye out!

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