Dakar: Volkswagen Motorsport day seven quotes

Team quotes after leg seven Kris Nissen (Volkswagen Motorsport Director) "The difficult part of the rally only started today. This makes the fact that after another stage victory two of our cars are running in front even better. We have further...

Team quotes after leg seven

Kris Nissen (Volkswagen Motorsport Director)
"The difficult part of the rally only started today. This makes the fact that after another stage victory two of our cars are running in front even better. We have further expanded our advantage over the best Mitsubishi. We are fully aware of the difficulties of the special stages in Mauritania, and now we're starting the rest day at the top of the leader board for the first time. The second week of the rally will again start with very tough stages. Only there the decision will be made. On the day of rest we're going to prepare ourselves as best we can."

#301 -- Giniel de Villiers (RSA), 1st place (leg) / 1st place overall
"I'm happy that we've taken the lead by claiming stage victory on such a difficult day. After ten kilometres we took the wrong way, after that, we formed a group of vehicles with Stéphane Peterhansel, Robby Gordon and Carlos Sainz. The car was running very well, even on an 80-kilometer leg across camel grass it felt like a charm."

#303 -- Carlos Sainz (E), 3rd place (leg) / 2nd place overall
"Visibility was absolutely poor in the sand storm today, nevertheless the day generally went quite well for us. We lost the lead because twice we got stuck in the dunes. In these incidents the improved sand panels and, above all, our intensive practice paid off tremendously because we got out in a relatively short time. When things threatened to get tough again a third time we stopped in time to let some air out of the tyres."

#305 -- Mark Miller (USA), 11th place (leg) / 8th place overall
"After 75 kilometres we had a fuel pressure problem. Ultimately, we had to stop and analyse the cause. Fortunately we managed to repair the defect, even though it cost us 45 minutes. After that, the TDI engine was running perfectly again. When we reached the finish we were surprised to still be in eighth position overall."

-credit: vw motorsport

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Series Dakar
Drivers Robby Gordon , Mark Miller , Carlos Sainz , Stéphane Peterhansel , Giniel de Villiers , Kris Nissen
Teams Volkswagen Motorsport