Top 5 MINI Rally Moments
2015 winner, Nasser Al-Attiyah, was once again a force to be reckoned with in the gruelling cross-country race. Finishing 2nd overall and winning in the four-wheel drive category, he was closely followed by the other three MINI ALL4 teams, who all earned places in the top 10. The Finn, Mikko Hirvonen finished an impressive fourth overall and claimed the award for Best Rookie. Never ones to stay idle, the MINI ALL4 teams are already gearing up for the next challenge. Find out more about MINIs proud motorsport history with our Top 5 Rally Moments.
5. First overall rally win with a speed queen at the helm
MINI was born to race. Just three years after its unveiling to the public, speed queen Pat Moss and co-driver Ann Wisdom won the Tulip Rally outright in the Netherlands with a classic Morris Mini Cooper 997cc. The landmark win began the legacy for one of the most successful brands in motorsport history.
4. Maiden title for the mini WRC
Back in autumn 2013, Luis Monzón claimed the first title for the MINI John Cooper Works WRC in the Spanish Tarmac Rally Championship. Five wins in six rounds secured him the title with two events remaining.
3. MINI in the most beautiful hell on earth
The Nürburgring Nordschleife’s beautiful setting is deceptive, as it is host to one of the most difficult motorsport events in the world. In 2013 MINI successfully mastered the challenge again, despite the rain and thick fog. Finishing with a remarkable result, the team completed 73 laps in a field of 180, conquering the Nürburgring and motoring on to race another day.
2. Hat trick at the Dakar Rally
In 2014, MINI ALL4 Racing not only won their third consecutive Dakar Rally, they also seized 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, making it an all-MINI podium. Taking 5 of the top 6 spots, the team was the clear winner of the arduous 13-day race across South America.
1. MINI crosses the finish line and makes history
On January 24th 1964, Patrick Barron ‘Paddy’ Hopkirk and Henry Liddon shocked the world when they rode their Morris Mini Cooper ‘S’ into the history books at the Monte Carlo Rally. For the first time MINI became the undisputed champion of the most important race on the motorsport calendar, a title that would be achieved again in the 1965 and 1967 Monte Carlo rallies. It was a feat that secured MINI its place among motorsport nobility.