Dakar: Volkswagen Motorsport day six quotes

Team quotes after leg six Kris Nissen (Volkswagen Motorsport Director) "We can be satisfied at the conclusion of this long and exciting day, because three Race Touaregs are leading the field. The fast sections were made for the buggies, which...

Team quotes after leg six

Kris Nissen (Volkswagen Motorsport Director)
"We can be satisfied at the conclusion of this long and exciting day, because three Race Touaregs are leading the field. The fast sections were made for the buggies, which have more power, greater suspension travel and which also weigh less. These advantages were clearly demonstrated by Robby Gordon's victory in today's stage from Jean-Louis Schlesser. By finishing third and fourth on today's stage we also showed that we can keep Mitsubishi at bay in Mauritania."

#301 -- Giniel de Villiers (RSA), 3rd place (leg) / 2nd position overall
"An incredibly fast start to the stage followed by a more technically challenging and tricky mid section and rounded off by a fast final section. I drove completely alone and didn't catch anybody up. It was only at the end that we noticed a dust trail in the distance created by Stéphane Peterhansel. The navigation was very easy today."

#303 -- Carlos Sainz (E), 4th place (leg) / 1st position overall
"The stage ran absolutely perfectly for us, I'm really pleased. It wasn't easy to forge a path through the camel grass, since the motorbikes had taken a completely different path that was hardly drivable for cars. The first 180 kilometres were very fast, followed by sandy section and then dunes again. I hope things can continue in this vane for Michel and I and naturally for Volkswagen as well."

#305 -- Mark Miller (USA), 9th place (leg) / 8th position overall
"We followed Carlos Sousa through the dunes and camel grass sections at the beginning of the stage. It was going well, the navigation was no problem -- it was great fun. We lost quite a lot of time towards the end, but in spite of this we have improved to eighth position overall."

#308 -- Ari Vatanen (FIN), 72nd place (leg)
"I felt as if I was twenty-years old again in the first 190 kilometres, particularly as things were running fantastically well. We suddenly had a problem with the gearbox and could only drive in second gear. We stopped at the scene of the accident where Guerlain Chicherit had rolled his car and looked after him for ten minutes. We continued in second gear again. We stopped 30 kilometres before the stage finish to help Jutta Kleinschmidt whose BMW had ground to a halt due to electrical problems. We towed her to the finish."

-credit: volkswagen motorsport

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