Nasser Al-Attiyah and co-driver Mathieu Baumel welcomed in the new year from their Argentinian base camp as they prepare to defend the Dakar Rally title they claimed in South America 12 months ago. The pair are enjoying a remarkable run of results that saw them follow up their Dakar victory with three more titles before 2016 arrived. The 2015 WRC2, FIA Cross-Country Rallies World Cup and Middle Eastern Rally Championship were all won in fine style by the dominant duo. . . .From the starting line Motorsport.com files another report on the entire time, observing:
. . . Once again MINI takes on this exciting and exacting 9,500km, 15 day racing event but this year with a record entry of 12 MINI ALL4 Racing cars. . . .