Former Dakar Rally winner Nasser Al-Attiyah has confirmed that he will contest the 2015 event in a Mini ALL4 Racing, built by the German-based X-raid GmbH.

It will be the eleventh Dakar start for the 43-year old Olympic bronze medallist in skeet shooting, who won the 2011 edition - immediately before Mini embarked on a three-year run of success. His addition makes it a total of nine Mini ALL4 Racing entries run by the Dakar: Al-Attiyah confirms Mini ALL4 Racing in the 37th edition of the world's most famous long-distance rally.

This year, Al-Attiyah enjoyed his maiden run in the Mini by finishing third, trailing only Joan 'Nani' Roma and St?phane Peterhansel, who finished first and second, respectively, in X-raid Team-entered Mini ALL4 Racing machines.

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"I am very happy to be back in the Mini ALL4 Racing," Al-Attiyah said, "The Dakar is a great adventure for all participants, so it feels good to be on a strong team and behind the wheel of car that is a proven winner in international long-distance rallying."

The 2015 Dakar Rally is the next chapter of a unique success story for the Mini Brand which culminated in three consecutive Dakar victories as well as three titles in a row in the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies, both from 2012 to 201.

Next year's event takes place between 3-17 January 2015 and, with several new and reinstated competitive stages, will be an adventurous trip for all as it cuts across the South American continent, through Chile and Bolivia back to Argentina and covers more than 9000 challenging kilometres before reaching the finish line, back in Buenos Aires.