X-Raid and their Minis are the ones to beat
A record number of Minis…and motivation to match.
With 12 cars at the start, including the Minis of Stéphane Peterhansel and Nasser Al Attiyah, X-Raid lines up as the team to beat in the Dakar 2014. However, the fortress could be besieged by the rapidly developing buggies, or perhaps by the Toyota of Giniel De Villiers.
As a result, the rivals who already showed their teeth in 2013 will not necessarily have to depend on problems experienced by the Minis to have a go at the podium. Toyota claims that the developments made on the Hilux have made it even more competitive. As if that were not enough, Giniel De Villiers – the winner of the first Dakar in South America – did a nice warm-up by finishing 3rd and then 2nd in the last two years! The South African has certainly earned his stripes and is up there in the front row of pretenders to “King Peter’s” throne. Another discreet but very steady competitor is the Portuguese Carlos Sousa, leader of the team of official Chinese manufacturer Haval. His ambitions are probably focused on the medium term, as is the case of Ford with Lucio Álvarez from Argentina.
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