However, Andrea – a former top-five Dakar finisher in her own right – did not take part in last month’s Riyadh Rally in Saudi Arabia after failing an unspecified medical check.
Now Peterhansel’s X-raid Mini team has revealed that she has not been cleared by doctors to take part in the Dakar, which begins in Jeddah on January 5.
“We tried and hoped until almost the last minute, but unfortunately Andrea cannot compete in the 2020 Dakar,” commented X-raid team boss Sven Quandt.
“She and Stephane had a great season and could certainly have been among the front runners in Saudi Arabia, but health comes first.
“But we’re also sure that Paulo will do a very good job. He and Stephane worked well together at the Riyadh Rally.”
The sister factory Mini JCW Buggy will be driven by Carlos Sainz Sr, who is aiming for a third Dakar triumph in his second outing with the X-raid team.
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