MINI UK Ambassador Harry Hunt finished 10th out of 110 drivers in the 2016 Dakar Rally in South America, the world’s longest endurance motor race, making the 27 year old one of the youngest ever British people to complete the rally.
The first stage of the race was cancelled as a result of bad weather and the second stage was postponed, but Hunt remained composed throughout and managed to reach the top 15 by stage three.
Hunt, co-driver Schulz and the MINI ALL4 Racing took on all-terrain, including sand dunes, deep mud and rocks, as well as bad weather and temperatures ranging from freezing to 40 degrees C. Even with all of this, Hunt finished just one place behind the most successful WRC driver ever, Sebastien Loeb, and finished ahead of many tough competitors.
Hunt commented on the race, saying: ‘We drove at a good pace in all of the stages – not too quick, not too slow – and we managed to steer clear of any major problems. My MINI ALL4 Racing was amazing and withstood endless difficult terrain. The X Raid team and my co-driver, Andy, were fantastic. I’ve learnt so much from them.’
With a short family break following the intense and successful race, Harry will be ready and raring to go with preparation and training for Dakar 2017 – watch this space.