Mini’s Mikko Hiroven believes that he has no chance of catching Peugeot to challenge for the 2017 Dakar Rally win unless something happens to Stephane Peterhanel, Sebastien Loeb and Toyota’s Nani Roma.
Hiroven goes into stage seven on Monday over 40 minutes behind leader Stephane Peterhansel. The commented by saying:
It’s 40 minutes, so just by driving there’s no way we can catch it, but you know if the same thing happens to them like what happened to us, then you never know.
Hirvonen is the leading driver from Mini who have four of their cars in the top ten. Peugeot have already seen one of their main contenders retire from the event with Carlos Sainz having retired from the event earlier this week after rolling his car.