Dakar: Volkswagen Motorsports day three quotes

Team quotes after leg three Kris Nissen (Volkswagen Motorsport Director) "We are very satisfied with the first day in Africa. I'm full of praise for Michel Périn and Carlos Sainz, who, despite being first into the stage, were still second on...

Team quotes after leg three

Kris Nissen (Volkswagen Motorsport Director)
"We are very satisfied with the first day in Africa. I'm full of praise for Michel Périn and Carlos Sainz, who, despite being first into the stage, were still second on the day and took the overall lead. Giniel and Dirk clinched the third victory in as many days for us. The team also deserves a prize: It was so efficient that it was the first team to enter the bivouac and set-up up shop."

#301 -- Giniel de Villiers (RSA), 1st place (leg) / 2nd position overall
"A fantastic stage, but it was an incredibly tough day which was rewarded in the end with the stage victory! I had to overtake loads and loads of motorbikes but chose not to take any risks. I ran for a long time in a Mitsubishi's dust cloud. I only managed to get by when the driver out-braked himself after about 130 kilometres. The route was very twisty and stony."

#303 -- Carlos Sainz (E), 2nd place (leg) / 1st position overall
"An absolutely perfect stage, everything ran well and Michel navigated superbly. I reckon I had to overtake about 160 motorbikes. The dense dust clouds didn't make things any easier."

#305 -- Mark Miller (USA), 5th place (leg) / 5th position overall
"Since we only started from 14th place, the dust cloud in front was very dense. We barely noticed some bumps. These conditions cost us about five minutes up to the first time check point. As I was overtaking a Nissan the driver probably didn't see me and he inadvertently touched the left hand side of the car."

#308 -- Ari Vatanen (FIN), 11th place (leg) / 57th position overall
"Because of our starting position we obviously had to fight through masses of dust, but I have no one to blame but myself for yesterday's result. We were stuck behind a competitor for around 130 kilometres and eventually finished eleventh in the day's reckonings."

-credit: vw motorsports

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Series Dakar
Drivers Mark Miller , Carlos Sainz , Giniel de Villiers , Ari Vatanen , Michel Périn , Kris Nissen
Teams Volkswagen Motorsport