Good teamwork: Volkswagen with fifth one-two stage win Wolfsburg. Volkswagen drivers Giniel de Villiers/Dirk von Zitzewitz (RSA/D) and Mark Miller/Ralph Pitchford (USA/RSA) again impressively strengthened their role of the favourites at the...
Good teamwork: Volkswagen with fifth one-two stage win
Wolfsburg. Volkswagen drivers Giniel de Villiers/Dirk von Zitzewitz (RSA/D) and Mark Miller/Ralph Pitchford (USA/RSA) again impressively strengthened their role of the favourites at the Rally dos Sertoes across Brazil. After the fifth one-two stage win in a row on the sixth of a total of ten legs both Race Touareg 2 vehicles are running in front with a major lead. On the leg between Palmas and Balsas the driver setting the fastest time, Giniel de Villiers, was separated by merely 41 seconds from his team-mate Mark Miller.
The special stage initially featured quick passages through the jungle and farm land. Due to numerous turn-offs the navigation on the longest of the special stages demanded utmost concentration on the part of the co-driver. With perfect teamwork, the two factory duos handled the correction of an error in the roadbook provided by the organisers: together, the two Race Touareg crews, who had started within only two minutes of each other, searched and found the right turn-off in the underbrush after a short period of time.
On Tuesday, the seventh leg of the Rallye dos Sertoes will lead from Balsas to Floriano in the north of Brazil, with a total of 462 kilometres to be covered by the contestants. The seventh leg also forms the first part of another marathon leg at which no team service is permitted in the evening.
Kris Nissen (Volkswagen Motorsport Director)
"Today, which was a long and tough day for everyone in the team, both drivers and co-drivers did an outstanding job. For the fifth time in a row, they're running at absolutely the same speed, both are consistently able to clinch a stage victory. That makes the fact that the fifth one-two exploit is rewarded with a comfortable lead even nicer. But we should never feel too certain at this tough rally: on these special stages a small mistake can mean the end of the race anytime."
#302 - Giniel de Villiers (RSA), 1st place (leg) / 1st place overall
"The leg started with quick sections on which it was possible to go flat-out several times. But towards the end of the special stage, things started becoming a little more arrhythmic, and rough bumps and indentations combined with limited vision made life difficult for us. Still, it's been a perfect day for us. The Race Touareg is running like always: fast and without any technical problems."
#303 - Mark Miller (USA), 2nd place (leg) / 2nd place overall
"This was definitely one of the nicest legs of the rally where, as yesterday's stage winner, I had the privilege to open the course. The first 300 kilometres were very fast, but towards the end the longest part of the Sertoes was like molasses. The leg just didn't seem to want to end. At one point, we looked for the right way with both cars and found it. That was really good teamwork."