In the second stage of the 2017 Dakar, from Resistencia to San Miguel de Tucuman, the MINI John Cooper Works Rally pairing Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) / Michel Périn (FRA) once again made it to the top 10. Hirvonen finished eighth and in the overall standings, they now also hold eighth position. The heat and the mud that covered the cars completely when they arrived at the bivouac made the water temperatures in the cars rise massively.

“A really fast special stage, revealed Hirvonen. “10 kilometres straight on, a corner, another 15 kilometres flat out. We lost some time due to the high temperatures but we still hold a promising position. After all, there still are several days to go. This wasn’t a typical WRC stage, it rather resembled an extended drag strip.”

Tomorrow’s third stage will take the field to San Salvador de Jujuy. After two days in extreme heart, everybody is hoping for cooler conditions. In the past two days, the sticky heat made the life or the entire Dakar fraternity extremely difficult. Drinking a lot was the top priority. Last year in Jujuy, the competitors had to cope with torrential rain. Tomorrow’s special stage once again will feature WRC-like sections as well as several river crossings.

Dakar 2017 Result SS2:
1. S. Loeb (FRA) / D. Elena (MNC) Peugeot – 2h 06m 55s
2. N. Al-Attiyah (QAT) / M. Baumel (FRA) Toyota – 2h 08m 18s
3. C. Sainz (ESP) / L. Cruz (ESP) Peugeot – 2h 09m 13s
4. G. de Villiers (KZA) / D. Von Zitzewitz (GER) Toyota – 2h 09m 14s
5. N. Roma (ESP) / A. Haro (ESP) Toyota – 2h 10m 17s
6. Y. Al-Rajhi (KSA) / T. Gottschalk (GER) MINI John Cooper Works Rally – 2h 11m 56s
7. M. Hirvonen (FIN) / M. Périn (FRA) MINI John Cooper Works Rally – 2h 15m 19s

Dakar 2017 Overall standing after SS2:
1. S. Loeb (FRA) / D. Elena (MNC) Peugeot – 2h 33m 31s
2. N. Al-Attiyah (QAT) / M. Baumel (FRA) Toyota – 2h 33m 59s
3. C. Sainz (ESP) / L. Cruz (ESP) Peugeot – 2h 35m 27s
4. G. de Villiers (KZA) / D. Von Zitzewitz (GER) Toyota – 2h 35m 36s
5. N. Roma (ESP) / A. Haro (ESP) Toyota – 2h 36m 27s
6. Y. Al-Rajhi (KSA) / T. Gottschalk (GER) MINI John Cooper Works Rally – 2h 38m 43s

8. M. Hirvonen (FIN) / M. Périn (FRA) MINI John Cooper Works Rally – 2h 42m 20s