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MSK, X-Raid Mini JCW


Brand: Mini
Model: John Cooper Works Buggy
Performance tuner: X-Raid Mini JCW team
Assistance: X-Raid Mini JCW team
Class: T1.2 FIA


2023: 10th (5th T1)

After a couple of fine showings in his first two Dakar appearances, things haven't quite gone Denis Krotov's way in recent years. The 44-year-old made a splash by coming 15th in the cars on his 2019 debut, topping the rookie standings with co-driver Dmytro Tsyro. Despite a major change of scenery in 2020, when the rally moved to Saudi Arabia, the pair put in a similarly impressive performance to finish 17th overall. However, some bad luck and mechanical trouble has seen Denis finish well outside the top 20 in the past two editions; he was 30th in 2021 and 28th in 2022. The X-Raid Mini JCW team clearly still have faith in their man, though, and Denis returns in 2023 at the wheel of a John Cooper Works Buggy. A regular on the rally-raid circuit in recent years, Denis came third overall at the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies in 2021 and took victory at this year's Silk Way Rally. He is joined for the second consecutive edition by highly experienced co-driver Konstantin Zhiltsov, who boasts a host of top-10 finishes and guided Leonid Novitskiy to third overall in 2013. After a slightly underwhelming first outing together, the talented duo are looking to climb the rankings at Dakar 2023.

Ranking 2023

Total Dakar Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge Sonora Rally Desafio Ruta 40 Rallye du Maroc
64 - - 17 + 5
9 + 6
25 + 2

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