Sunday 28 November at 11 am (Paris time) - Presentation of the 2022 Dakar


(bra) 1.75m / 85kg


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2016: Ab. Stage 4
2015: Ab. Stage 9
2014: Ab. Stage 10
2013: Ab. Stage 9
2012: Ab. Stage 5
2011: 9th
2010: 10th
2009: Ab. Stage 6

2020: Dos Sertoes Rally
5-time Rally Dos Sertoes winner
4-time Brazilian cross-country champion


“Great achievement to return to the Dakar”

Five years after his last experience on the Dakar, Guilherme Spinelli returns to the rally. After featuring twice in the Top 10 of the Dakar, things really didn’t go his way. Against all odds he was forced to retire from the last five editions of the race on South American soil. For his 9th Dakar, Spinelli takes on the rally in a brand new position. He will indeed no longer be in a Mitsubishi he normally drives on the Brazilian cross-country scene but in a very competitive Mini prepared by X-Raid. Despite failing to finish this year’s Rally Do Sertoes that he already won five times, Spinelli can have big ambitions for his first experience in Saudi Arabia. At his side the Sao Paulo native who also competes in endurance races will be counting on the precious help of his usual co-driver Youssef Haddad. It’s now time to turn things around. The last time Spinelli finished a Dakar was back in 2011.

G.S.: “It is a great achievement to be able to return to the Dakar after four years. It was an opportunity that came up through the difficulties of this extremely unusual year. We had the South American calendar canceled due to the pandemic and changed our rally schedule. Being able to represent Brazil in this race again in cars will be special. The experience of these eight editions participating in the Dakar, in addition to the experience of Youssef (Haddad) in navigation, will help us in our competition in the desert. The decision to go to X-Raid and drive a Mini was based on logistical issues and a lack of time to have our Mitsubishi Triton ready. We already were part of the German team back in 2017 managing good performances and we know we can count on a good structure. Other than their numerous titles, the team has a 90% finishing record.”

Y.H. : “I joke that I have a love-hate relationship with Dakar since my first participation in 2009. It is an extremely difficult and challenging rally, but it is not impossible, we are in perfect condition to have a good race. I participated in the Dakar editions in South America and now in Arabia it will be even more different. There will even be a new navigation format that will further enhance the figure of the navigator in this event and that is why I am already counting the days to compete in yet another Dakar.”



  • Mark : MINI
  • Performance tuner : X-RAID
  • Assistance : X-RAID
  • Class : T1.2 diesel modified A-T 4x4

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