He knew that his only chance to grab a last-minute victory at the Desafío Litoral would be if Orlando Terranova had to retire. However, Nani Roma still gave his very best on the final, 85,52 kilometres short stage to the finish line in Resistencia, Argentina. Nani scored another stage win in his MINI ALL4 Racing and came within 26:39 minutes of Terranova, but this was all that Nani could do to edge closer to first place. In the end, it was Terranova first, Nani second. Feeling bad about it? Not Nani. Because first, Orlando Terranova is Nani's team-mate at the X-raid Team, and secondly, Nani now feels well-prepared to continue his preparations for the Rally Dakar which starts on January 5th, 2013.
While the weather conditions were just perfect on the fifth stage and Nani posted the fastest time, Nani had to realize that his chase for the overall victory of this year's Desafío Litoral had come to an end. With his stage win Nani cut Orlando Terranova's overall lead to 28:28 minutes but with only 85,52 kilometres to the finish line there was just not enough time to catch up with Terranova. "We lost our chance to win the race," Nani said, "it will be very difficult to catch up, because the competition is very short. When you lose more than five minutes on a race so short, it becomes difficult. (Now) the goal is to be ready for the Dakar."
Third place for Nani on the third day after the organisers were forced to cancel the third stage due to mist. Over the 427,1 competitive kilometres stage, Nani posted the third-fastest time behind Orlando Terranova and Chile’s Boris Garafulic. Thus Nani was forced to relinquish first place overall to Terranova.
No activity on the Desafío Litoral after the organisers were forced to cancel the third stage for safety reasons after the helicopter proved unable to take off due to misty conditions. Thus Nani maintained his overall lead for another day.
Nani leaps to the sharp end of the overall classification, having headed into the second day with a deficit of 28 seconds on Orlando Terranova before converting it into a lead of 1:34 minutes. Heavy rain had forced a reduction of the scheduled stage to 195 kilometres.
A solid but not entirely trouble-free start in the Desafío Litoral for Nani and the MINI ALL4 Racing. Due to a punctured tyre Nani loses time, eventually placing second overall behind Orlando Terranova. The good news for Nani: Just 28 seconds separate him from first place with five stages to go. Thus the second-placed driver on the 2012 Dakar Rally has no reason for concern.
A good eight weeks after his Dakar victory, Stéphane Peterhansel is back in Dakar mode. The eleven-time Dakar champion will be back to defend his title in 2014 – in a MINI ALL4 Racing.
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A good month and a half after winning the Rally Dakar, MINI is launching the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman ALL4 Racing Dakar Winner 2013 – in a seriously limited edition.
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