“I still just can’t believe it,” beamed Holowczyc. “I finally made it to the Dakar podium – after 10 years in this rally. I want to thank my sponsor, Monster, who made a achieving this goal possible for me – and the MINI ALL4 Racing also once again proved to be a fantastic car.”
The Argentineans Orlando Terranova and Bernardo ‘Ronnie’ Graue had to settle for finishing 18th, in the 2015 Dakar. The pairing was among the front-runners in the opening stages of the legendary event but in the fourth stage they hit a rock and damaged their suspension. The pairing succeeded in repairing the cars but they lost too much time – and their chance of becoming a factor in the battle for the overall win was over.
“It was a difficult rally for us,” said Terranova. “At first Nani’s problem and then ours. It’s a pity that we weren’t able to achieve more for the Monster Energy Rally Raid Team. But Krzysztof did a really great job, this year, and deserved making it to the podium. And when it comes to me, the preparations for the 2016 Dakar already have begun.”
Meanwhile, Nani Roma (ESP) and Michel Périn encountered a Dakar to forget. Their dream of defending their title was over before the Dakar really had begun. With just a few kilometres covered, and oil pump of the vehicle broke and consequently, they only made it to the bivouac with a multi-hour delay. The team succeeded in completing an overnight engine revision and getting the MINI ALL4 Racing ready to race again. In the following days, Roma delivered in fine style to work his way back up step by step to secure his first stage win in the 09th stage. On the next day, however, his 2015 Dakar was over. Roma and Périn crashed into a hole that wasn’t documented in the road book and somersaulted several times. Fortunately they survived the crash unharmed and the team even succeeded in repairing the damaged car in another nightshift. But then, the race director decided to not let Roma und Périn continue.