Three MINI ALL4 Racing cars in front.Nani Roma/Michel Perin (ES/FR) is leading the field at the Baja Aragón in Spain, his home event in the FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies. The driver of the Monster Energy X-raid team is 33 seconds ahead of second placed driver, his teammates Orlando Terranova/Moi Torrallardona (AR/ES), in the overall classification. Erik van Loon/Wouter Rosegaar (NL/NL) in the third MINI ALL4 Racing is currently in a strong 3rd position.
The Baja Aragón is held in the Aragón region 250 km east of the Spanish capital Madrid. The drivers have to face a total of 666.13 kilometres against the clock between Teruel and Calatayud. The conditions are really tough. The gravels roads are twisty, the temperatures rise well above 30 degrees Celsius during this time of the year.
On day 2, the drivers had to tackle a total distance of 333.13 kilometres. A lot of cars broke down due to engine failures and other technical problems. The MINI ALL4 Racing cars, however, again proved to be reliable and quick at the same time. Four of them are currently lying in the top 10.
Vladimir Vasilyev/Konstantin Zhiltsov (RU/RU), the current World Cup leader, is 5th overall at the moment, Martin Kaczmarski/Tappio Suominen (PL/FI) is in 7th place. Tomorrow the route of the Baja Aragón will lead the drivers further north to Calatayud, where two more challenging stages are being held, before the cars will cross the finish line in the afternoon.
Overall standings after the 2nd leg of the Baja Aragón:
1. Roma/Perin (ES/FR) MINI ALL4 Racing – 4h 47m 12s2. Terranova/Torrallardona (AR/ES) MINI ALL4 Racing – 4h 47m 45s3. Van Loon/Rosegaar (NL/NL) MINI ALL4 Racing – 4h 53m 00s4. Zheludov/Rudnitski (RU/RU) Toyota – 4h 56m 08s5. Vasilyev/Zhiltsov (RU/RU) MINI ALL4 Racing – 4h 58m 08s
MINI driver line-up at the 2014 Baja Aragón.
#1 MINI ALL4 Racing.X-raid TeamVladimir Vasilyev/Konstantin Zhiltsov (RU/RU)#4 MINI ALL4 Racing.X-raid TeamNani Roma/Michel Perin (ES/FR)#8 MINI ALL4 Racing.X-raid TeamErik van Loon/Wouter Rosegaar (NL/NL)
#9 MINI ALL4 Racing.X-raid TeamMartin Kaczmarski/Tappio Suominen (PL/FI)
#10 MINI ALL4 Racing.X-raid TeamOrlando Terranova/Moi Torrallardona (AR/ES)#16 MINI ALL4 Racing.X-raid TeamAidyn Rakhimbayev/Moi Torrallardona (KZ/ES)
Race calendar: FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies.14/02 – 16/02 Baja Russia13/03 – 16/03 Baja Italy06/04 – 10/04 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge20/04 – 25/04 Sealine Cross-Country Rally Qatar18/05 – 25/05 Pharaons Rally Egypt18/07 – 20/07 Baja Aragón14/08 – 17/08 Baja Hungary28/08 – 30/08 Baja Poland03/10 – 09/10 Rally Morocco30/10 – 02/11 Baja Portugal