Nasser Al-Attiyah (QT) has won the Sealine Cross Country Rally in Qatar in the MINI ALL4 Racing. The X-raid team driver crossed the finishing line after five stages and 1,729.76 stage kilometres in first place.
“I’m absolutely delighted, to have won my home rally,” Al-Attiyah commented in his native Doha. “The conditions here have been anything but easy. The sand dunes are treacherous, it is easy to get the car stuck in the fine sand. The high temperatures in the desert also exact a heavy toll on man and machine.”
Second-place finish for his MINI team-mate Vladimir Vasilyev (RU). This finish enabled Vasilyev to extend his advantage in the overall classification in the World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies. He now has the lead with 114 points ahead of Yazeed Alrajhi, who did not complete the rally in Qatar. The fifth world cup event will be held in Egypt from 18–25 May.
In the meanwhile a creative collaboration between young apprentices and their instructors at the BMWs plant in Munich and Dingolfing has produced a completely unique vision for MINI. Choosing the MINI Cooper S Paceman as their base model, the students transformed the car into a two seater with a pickup style cargo area: the MINI Paceman Adventure.
The MINI Paceman Adventure combines the drive technology of the 135 kW/184 hp MINI Cooper S Paceman ALL4 with an innovative two-seater pick-up vehicle concept. The passenger compartment ends behind the front seats where the spacious cargo area for luggage, tools and equipment begins. In addition, a solid roof rack can accommodate a spare wheel.
The MINI Paceman Adventure is a true one-off and there are no plans for series production.