Michelin-equipped Minis dominate Dakar Rally
ERJ staff report (TP)
San Juan, Argentina − The third day of the 2014 Dakar produced a third leader, namely Nani Roma (Mini/Michelin) who won the 7 January stage to go ahead of his team-mates.
San Juan is protected from the cool Pacific winds by the lofty Andes Mountains and is consequently one of Argentina’s most arid and hottest cities. As competitors started to arrive at the camp, the temperature exceeded 40°C.
“We did a great job today,” Roma said at the finish. “You really had to stay focused because of all the stones, river beds and off-road portions. Bravo, Michel [Périn, Nani’s co-driver]!”
Michelin-equipped Minis still monopolise the provisional podium thanks to Roma and other drivers.
Wednesday’s (8 January) action took crews to the small yet bustling town of Chilecito in Argentina after a stage that has been split into two parts for the car competitors. The first is 217km long and the second, after a 156km asphalt road section, is 284km in length, including a portion which climbs to an altitude of more than 3,500 metres.
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Press release from Michelin