Dakar: Volkswagen Motorsport day five quotes

Team quotes after leg five Kris Nissen (Volkswagen Motorsport Director) "Our drivers and co-drivers did a great job on a difficult stage in the heights of the Atlas Mountain Range, particularly as the dust made concentration more difficult. In...

Team quotes after leg five

Kris Nissen (Volkswagen Motorsport Director)
"Our drivers and co-drivers did a great job on a difficult stage in the heights of the Atlas Mountain Range, particularly as the dust made concentration more difficult. In spite of this we managed to increase our lead over Mitsubishi. Another 4,000 kilometres still lie ahead of us. It's a pity that two of our drivers each had three tyre failures. We aren't going to back off on the next stages and will remain concentrated and motivated."

#301 -- Giniel de Villiers (RSA), 3rd place (leg) / 2nd position overall
"We caught Jean-Louis Schlesser very quickly, but he blocked us for the best part of 100 kilometres. You really had to be very careful because the tracks were very twisty and rocky. There were a lot of cars with punctures, but we got through unscathed. I'm expecting a fast route of Thursday as well, since we still haven't encountered the typical desert stages yet."

#303 -- Carlos Sainz (E), 1st place (leg) / 1st position overall
"That was a good day: The Race Touareg ran perfectly on the stony stage, and we weren't held up at all. To win the stage and keep the lead is obviously positive. The really tough part of the rally begins with the start of the sixth stage."

#305 -- Mark Miller (USA), 8th place (leg) / 10th position overall
"We had a day of up and downs today: At the beginning our time was very good, but then we had a couple of tyre failures within 20 kilometres of one another. So, we had to change wheels and I drove much slower. We speeded up again about 50 kilometres from the finish, only to suffer a third puncture. Since we only had three spare wheels and tyres on board I drove very cautiously to the finish."

#308 -- Ari Vatanen (FIN), 16th place (day) / 72nd position overall
"We had a tyre failure just after the start. The wheels nuts were really tight, which is why the cordless drill wasn't up to the job and we had to loosen them by hand. We got a couple of slow punctures later. We pumped up one of the tyres on two occasions, and the other stayed inflated till the finish. Towards the end we stopped to help a motorcyclist who had crashed and was trapped beneath his bike on the ground."

-credit: volkswagen motorsport

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Series Dakar
Drivers Mark Miller , Carlos Sainz , Jean-Louis Schlesser , Giniel de Villiers , Ari Vatanen , Kris Nissen
Teams Volkswagen Motorsport