Volkswagen continues setting the pace at "Sertoes"
Wolfsburg (26 June 2009). The Volkswagen three-pack on the third leg: Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz Senra (E/E), Nasser Al-Attiyah/Timo Gottschalk (Q/D) and Mauricio Neves/Eduardo Bampi (BR/BR) finished the third leg of the Rallye dos Sertoes in places one, two and three. The fastest time on the stage between Cidade de Goias and Minacu was set by Nasser Al-Attiyah, who is at the wheel of a Race Touareg for the first time in Brazil. On the 317 kilometres of the special stage with tight, twisty sections on gravel and narrow trails the factory duos in the 280-hp diesel prototypes from Wolfsburg delivered a cohesive team performance: Carlos Sainz finished the third day 58 seconds behind Nasser Al-Attiyah by setting the second-best time and thus defended an overall lead of 42 seconds. The Brazilian pairing Mauricio Neves/Eduardo Bampi was classified with the third-best time, ten minutes behind stage winner Al-Attiyah.
Kris Nissen (Volkswagen Motorsport Director)
"Today, the entire squad delivered a cohesive performance on what has been the most demanding leg of the rally so far. After 317 kilometres, all three teams came within ten minutes of each other although the drivers as well as the navigators had to work with full concentration and the 'Brazilian' car had to overtake numerous other vehicles."
#301 - Carlos Sainz (E), 2nd place leg / 1st place overall
"It was a really strenuous leg which we tackled by taking calculated risks. In the early stages there were many tight, twisty passages which had to be driven with extreme precision. We were able to drive faster only on the last 80 kilometres. On the whole it was a good stage for us."
#302 - Nasser Al-Attiyah (Q), 1st place leg / 2nd place overall
"We took things with a bit more caution today because the demands have increased yet again. So, I'm more than happy with the result. For me, completing as many kilometres in the car and gathering experiences and impressions is still the most important aspect. 'Well done' to my co-driver Timo Gottschalk, who did a very good job today."
#309 - Mauricio Neves (BR), 3rd place leg / 16th place overall
"This was a stage full of variety! Many jumps, narrow trails and lots of gravel demanded full concentration, particularly the numerous overtaking manoeuvres, because after our unfortunate day yesterday we had to pass many cars. That cost us some time. After our cautious start we attacked in the end."
Number of the day On the third leg of the Rallye dos Sertoes Carlos Sainz generated a unique, maximum braking pressure of 76.6 bar. This roughly equates to the hydrostatic pressure at a water depth of 766 metres.