Dakar: Volkswagen Motorsport day 11 quotes

Team quotes after leg 10 Kris Nissen (Volkswagen Motorsport Director) "Things have calmed down since yesterday's situation. The team worked fantastically under difficult conditions and prepared both Giniel's and Carlos' cars perfectly. Only a ...

Team quotes after leg 10

Kris Nissen (Volkswagen Motorsport Director)
"Things have calmed down since yesterday's situation. The team worked fantastically under difficult conditions and prepared both Giniel's and Carlos' cars perfectly. Only a whisker separated Mark Miller from claiming today's stage, but the win went to Nasser Al-Attiyah and the team managed by Sven Quandt -- congratulations. Tomorrow is a little like a rest day since only a liaison stage is driven. As a consequence, the team has time to prepare the cars in peace and quiet and to recharge their own batteries. We'll continue as a close knit team towards Dakar. We aim to continue to score top results in the daily stages."

#301 -- Giniel de Villiers (RSA), 15th place (leg) / 12th position overall
"We started the stage with a 22 minute delay, but are nevertheless extremely grateful to the team that we are actually still in the rally. If you take the pure stage time a result in the top-three was possible. The day was physically very hard, and on the other hand the navigation was very easy. Unfortunately, at some point or other another competitor drove completely without reason into the side of our car. It was if we were racing on a circuit..."

#303 -- Carlos Sainz (E), 5th place (leg) / 10th position overall
"My thanks to the team that prepared an excellent car for me overnight again. We drove for ages in dust today and had to overtake loads of opponents. The route was a kind of hard track winding through the middle of powder like Fech-Fech sand, lines of trees and bushes."

#305 -- Mark Miller (USA), 3rd place (leg) / 6th position overall
"I drove on the limit today and took as much as the car could give. Third position is our best result to date, but it could have been more if I hadn't gone the wrong way in the set-up. The car had a little too much understeer. After 17 kilometres I overtook a buggy, and then later Jutta Kleinschmidt. The route was very unusual: Basically we drove through sand, but the middle of the track was very hard, which you had to follow exactly. It was a completely new experience for me. I still hope to be able to catch Mitsubishi on the next, very slow stage."

-credit: vw motorsport

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Series Dakar
Drivers Mark Miller , Carlos Sainz , Jutta Kleinschmidt , Giniel de Villiers , Nasser Al-Attiyah , Kris Nissen
Teams Volkswagen Motorsport