N°216 Car X-RAID MINI JCW TEAM

DENIS KROTOV

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2021: 30th
2020: 17th
2019: 15th (best rookie)

2021: Baja Russia (11th), Andalucia Rally (11th), Kazakhstan Rally (2nd), Silk Way Rally (1st), Morocco rally (6th), Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (3rd), Baja Poland (10th)
2020: Andalucia Rally (Ab.)
2019: Kazakhstan Rally (5th), Morocco rally (Ab.)
2018: Africa Eco Race (7th), Kazakhstan Rally, Turkmen Rally (7th); Silk Way Rally, Morocco Rally (8th)

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New vehicle, bigger ambitions for Krotov

Russia on the Dakar has had its number of successes but mainly in the truck race thanks to the Kamaz team and its 16 crowns. In the cars however the nation has also had very decent results thanks to the likes of Leonid Novitskiy (first Russian stage winner in a car in 2012, 3rd in 2013) or Vladimir Vasilyev (5th in 2015). For the last two years, Denis Krotov has become one of the regular key figures of the event. In a John Cooper Works Rally Mini alongside his Ukrainian team mate Dmytro Tsyro, he finished best rookie of the 2019 edition still in South America in 15th spot overall, and did almost just as well a year later on Saudi soil (17th). Last year came as a bit of a setback for Krotov who had to settle for 30th spot. The driver from Moscow returns for his fourth Dakar with far bigger ambitions. Indeed he will be competing with the very experienced Konstantin Zhiltsov who finished fourth of the rally with Yazeed Al Rajhi back in 2020, seven years after finishing on the podium with Leonid Novitskiy. But the biggest change for Krotov will be his vehicle. After three editions in the solid Mini JCW Rally, he’ll this time be behind the steering wheel of the similar buggy that Stephane Peterhansel took to victory last year. After a full World Cup season including podium finishes in Kazakhstan and at the Silk Way Rally, Krotov can aim at the Top 10 and higher.

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X-RAID MINI JCW TEAM

MINI JOHN COOPER WORKS BUGGY
X-RAID MINI JCW TEAM

  • MINI
  • JOHN COOPER WORKS BUGGY
  • MSK RALLY TEAM
  • MSK RALLY TEAM
  • 4×2 Petrol and Diesel

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