Dakar: Volkswagen Motorsports day two quotes

Team quotes after leg 2 Kris Nissen (Volkswagen Motorsport Director) "We've had a relatively good day today. The second stage victory of a Volkswagen is perfect, while Mitsubishi -- as expected -- made up some ground. Three Volkswagen cars ...

Team quotes after leg 2

Kris Nissen (Volkswagen Motorsport Director)
"We've had a relatively good day today. The second stage victory of a Volkswagen is perfect, while Mitsubishi -- as expected -- made up some ground. Three Volkswagen cars continue as the front runners. Whereas during the first leg on soft sand intuitive driving was of the essence, the second leg in the mountains challenged the drivers at low speeds. While driving through a water passage that was handled by all the other drivers and vehicles without any problem, Ari made a mistake. Unfortunately this cost him over an hour and a half, but the rally is still long."

#301 -- Giniel de Villiers (RSA), 6th place (leg) / 3rd place overall
"This was a very big challenge. There were deep abysses galore as well as obscured bends. We were going at quite a nice pace and are happy with the result because it means we don't need to open the course in Africa. Starting with the stages in Africa, Dirk, my co-driver, will really be put to the test as well."

#303 -- Carlos Sainz (E), 1st place (leg) / 2nd place overall
"I'm happy about having completed the European legs in Portugal and Spain so flawlessly. The stage in the mountains was tight and twisty. It suited me very well although I wouldn't compare it with the special stages with which I'm familiar from the World Rally Championship -- so I didn't necessarily have any advantage."

#305 -- Mark Miller (USA), 14th place (leg) / 7th place overall
"The rally is huge fun already. The day was difficult and a special stage in the mountains certainly isn't my forte."

#308 -- Ari Vatanen (FIN), 113th place overall
"I made a mistake today: I went into a deep water passage too quickly, which caused water to enter the engine compartment. After that, we changed the air filter, had to check several technical details and, ultimately, finished the stage on our own strength."

-credit: vw motorsports

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