MINI to contest Dubai International Baja

MINI to contest Dubai International Baja

Round 2 of the 2018 FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup.
Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski and co-driver Tom Colsoul aim for Dubai desert success in a MINI John Cooper Works Rally.
Dubai International Baja signals start of three back-to-back desert-based rounds of the 2018 FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup.

The Dubai International Baja, round 2 of the 2018 FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup, is the first of three back-to-back races to be held in desert conditions – a stark contrast to round 1 of the World Cup, Baja Russia (Northern Forest), which took place on frozen and snow covered forest tracks.

The Dubai International Baja – until 2015 formerly the Dubai International Rally – is the longest running motorsport event in the United Arab Emirates and features many local rally crews mixing it with international race crews. As you’d expect, local knowledge can play an important role over two days of racing especially off-road, where choosing the wrong line can result in difficult driving conditions.

Dubai’s desert arena will once again see MINI Motorsport take up the challenges of sand, stone tracks and rising temperatures. In the 2017 edition, MINI secured third overall after a very tough race. For this year’s event, the pairing of Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski (POL) and co-driver Tom Colsoul (BEL) will be racing for the win at the controls of a MINI John Cooper Works Rally (#304). Presently, after the first of 11 rounds, Przygonski is fourth overall in the 2018 FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup. Racing under the banner of Orlen Team, the crew will be fully supported in Dubai by MINI Motorsport partner X-raid.

Dubai International Baja starts on Thursday 8th March with scrutineering of race vehicles and official signing on of race crews. This will then be followed with an evening opening ceremony. Race action gets underway on Friday 9th March with Leg 1 and a race distance of approximately 175km. Saturday 10th March (Leg 2) will consist of a similar distance before the finish flag drops to mark the end of the race.

Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski: “Tom and I are really looking forward to competing at the Dubai International Baja – it feels like a long time has passed since we last raced on sand and in warm temperatures. Baja Russia was a good start in which to reacclimatise with the MINI John Cooper Works Rally, and now we are all back on the sand I hope to make good use of the car’s performance and our growing experience together.”