Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Krzysztof Holowczyc wins Baja Poland

- Nasser Al-Attiyah extends his World Cup lead

Krzysztof Holowczyc is the ‘Baja Poland King’! He won his home event for the fifth and arguably last time as he announced his retirement from cross-country rallying, today. In his career, Holowczyc celebrated numerous successes with the MINI ALL4 Racing, such as finishing third in this year’s Dakar Rally, representing be best Dakar result of a Polish competitor in the car category. Two years ago, he secured the FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup title – and also did so at the wheel of a MINI All4 Racing. 

“After 10 intense years of cross-country rallying I opted for retiring from the sport,” said Holowczyc. “In these years, I secured many good and several excellent results and also had to cope with some setbacks. I made it to the Dakar podium, I won the FIA World Cup and many rallies. 10 fantastic but also extremely tough years but they were worth the effort.  

Securing a podium in the Dakar was my goal from the very beginning and this year, my dream came true. Therefore, it’s the arguably best moment to go – you should retire at the top of your game. I am not going to completely retire from rallying but I plan to only make very sporadic appearances, in the future. I owe doing so my wife and my family who supported me throughout my 30 years in motor racing. I want to really thank Sven Quandt and X-raid, in this special moment. He always believed in my skills and my talent. Without the enormous support of the team I hadn’t been able to secure the Dakar podium. I will never forget that they gave me a helping hand in the most difficult moment of my career.”

Nasser Al-Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel finished second behind Holowcyz to extend their lead in the FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup standings.. On Saturday, he lost several minutes due to a damaged tyre. “I focused on scoring World Cup points,” Al-Attiyah said later. Winning the World Cup is far more important for me than securing the win in the Baja Poland. In addition, Krzysztof was extremely fast, here.”

Meanwhile, Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski made a great debut, both on four wheels and as MINI ALL4 Racing driver. Together with his German co-driver Andreas Schulz, he secured the very fine seventh place. In four of the five special stages the young Pole made it to the top 10 and only in the prologue he had to settle for finishing 13th. “For me, everything was new, here,” admitted the young Pole. 

Right behind his compatriot, Adam Malysz and his French co-driver Xavier Panseri who also resides in Poland came eighth. They lost time due to a damaged tyre on Saturday and in the short Bajas, losing a couple of minutes makes a particularly big impact. “We made mistakes again and again, revealed the Pole, “But for me and Xavier, preparing for the Dakar represents the No-1 priority.”  

Meanwhile, Erik van Loon and Wouter Rosegaar, had to cope with a major dose of bad luck: the two Dutchmen were hampered by several slow punctures but succeeded in coming 12th, nevertheless – three positions ahead of the German-Portuguese pairing Stephan Schott / Pedro Velosa who finished 15th.

“I’m very satisfied because of Krzysztof’s win in his last cross-country race,” said X-raid Team Manager Sven Quandt. “He delivered in great style. Just as it was the case in January when he secured third place in the Dakar. We jointly celebrated quite a number of successes and the entire team will miss him. Nasser’s performance also was impressive. He didn’t take any unnecessary risks and succeeded in extending his championship lead. Meanwhile, Kuba also drove a fine rally and learned a lot.”

360-degree MINI Heist

MINI has released a new video taking you on a 360-degree experience as another crook tries to run off with some precious diamonds.

The interactive functionality requires you to rotate the camera while the video still plays to keep up with the action.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Trackrod Rally Yorkshire - it's not all straights!

The organisers of Trackrod Rally Yorkshire (Friday 25/Saturday 26 September) have issued a challenge to any rally crews who think Dalby forest is all long straights to think again.

Monday, 31 August 2015

WIN: Bang Tidy Mini Bean Bag

love:mini has teamed up with Bang Tidy Clothing - the UK's No.1 Custom Clothing store to offer one lucky love:mini reader (UK only) the chance to extend their obsessive Mini collection with this exclusive Bang Tidy Mini-shaped Bean Bag.

There's been a lot of interest in this product and even more so when you realise you can customise the registration plate to whatever you fancy. If that's not enough you can also choose the body colour (Red, Blue or Green) and have a flag roof design (or body colour).

These Mini bean bags are new out too, so you won't see many of your Mini friends with one - giving you extra special bragging rights.

Retailing at £99.99, this is by far the cheapest way to get your hands on one of these great little chairs. So what are you waiting for?

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MINI makes a surfboard

MINI has teamed up with Channel Islands Surfboards, the most acclaimed and premium surfboard manufacturer in the world, to develop a surfboard which "surfs like a MINI”.

MINI Invasion 2015 hits Ottawa

MINI Invasion 2015 is now part of motoring history, and what an exciting trek it was for all the MINI owners who participated. Hundreds of MINIs that assembled in two main convoys – departing from Montreal and Toronto – roared into the nation’s capital on Saturday, August 22nd, after completing a day-long rally that spanned six cities and two provinces.

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Team Vacancies

A new Team Vacancies page has been added to love:mini to show what positions are available for anyone who wants to join the love:mini team.

We're looking for trusted, reliable and dedicated members of the Mini community to join our team.

No matter where you are based - if you want to help give something back to the Mini community and want to do something useful with your spare time, then why not see if there is a way you can help out. 

Visit the Vacancies page now and see what you can offer.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Shere Classic & Supercar Live Action Festival nr Guildford – 6th September

Celebrating a Centenary of Motorsport!

This year’s Shere Hill Climb celebrates 100 years since the nearby Newlands hillclimb kicked off the area’s century of motorsport.

Shere is the great classic and supercar live action festival near Guildford which takes place on closed public roads on 6th September and raises money for seven charities.

McLaren designer Peter Stevens will officially open the course at the wheel of ‘The Steady Special’, the 1934 V8 3-litre Lancia race car, recently restored by TV presenter Ant Anstead of “For The Love Of Cars” fame.

As well as vintage, specialist and sports cars there’s a vibrant spectator paddock and showground with displays, fairground rides and stalls - ensuring lots of fun for the whole family and a great social day out.

Around 4,000 spectators are expected to bring their cars along to enjoy the fun, which starts at 9:30, so expect to see action from Ferraris, Bugattis, Lamborghinis, Porsches and Bentleys – plus MGs, Rileys, Jaguars, specials, and more! 

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

MINI ALL4 Racing to Hungarian Baja win

Hungary, 16th August 2015 was the scene for an evening of dual celebration when MINI ALL4 Racing crew Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT) and Mathieu Baumel (FRA) won the Hungarian Baja 2015; a result that promoted Al-Attiyah to the top of the leaderboard in the 2015 FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies.

New guest writer - Becky Faulkner

love:mini is pleased to announce the confirmation of Autograss champion, Becky Faulkner as our latest guest writer for our motorsport blogs.

At just 15, Becky is our youngest writer, but she already has a collection of trophies under her belt and there are high hopes for more as she prepares to move in to the Adult Class next season.

Meanwhile, take a look at all the exciting dirt track racing and see how cheap and easy it is to get involved for all the family!

Meet Becky and read the first diary entry here...