We’re following British driver – and Mini UK brand ambassador – Harry Hunt on the Dakar Rally every day. Having made his mark on the World Rally Championship, 27-year-old Harry is trying something bigger for size: the epic 6000-mile Dakar Rally and the Mini ALL4 Racing.

Sunday 17 January 2016

Unbelievable. 10th overall. We actually did it. To say that it’s beyond my dreams is an understatement: it’s actually even better than anything I thought before coming here. What I’d hoped for was top 20 if we kept our noses clean, but this is such an unpredictable event that you never know exactly how things will turn out.

And it's not as if I came here with a shed load of experience either. But we did a top-10 result, after two weeks and 10,000 kilometres of driving. And someone said that it was the wettest Dakar in recent history.

It was hard, probably the hardest thing I’ve done. But incredibly it was actually quite a straightforward Dakar for us too, if such a thing exists. Nothing really went too badly wrong, we stuck to our pace, and as a result of all that we managed to finish the Dakar in the top 10!

It’s a bit of a dream for me; in fact the whole thing still seems unreal – like it’s happening to someone else. Driving to the finish, getting onto the ramp: the whole experience was actually quite emotional. There are crowds of people there cheering like mad and it’s an unbelievable atmosphere. It suddenly just hits you: the enormity of the whole thing. And we got to the end, in 10th place.