Dakar: Volkswagen stage 11 report

De Villiers and Saby present Volkswagen with one-two Volkswagen finished the Dakar Rally's eleventh stage between Kayes and Bamako with a one-two for Giniel de Villiers and Bruno Saby. After Carlos Sainz won a stage the day before in the Race...

De Villiers and Saby present Volkswagen with one-two

Volkswagen finished the Dakar Rally's eleventh stage between Kayes and Bamako with a one-two for Giniel de Villiers and Bruno Saby.

After Carlos Sainz won a stage the day before in the Race Touareg 2 four the fourth time, team mate Giniel de Villiers presented the Wolfsburg team with its fifth stage victory. The third placed South African reduced the gap to overall leader Stephane Peterhansel (Mitsubishi) by 21 minutes to 42 minutes. Mark Miller is the new fifth placed driver, after team mate Jutta Kleinschmidt retired after damaging the suspension beyond repair in an accident.

Kris Nissen (Volkswagen Motorsport Director)
"We are very pleased by the one-two scored by Giniel de Villiers and Bruno Saby. After all, the eleventh stage gave us our fifth victory. Its is very unfortunate that Jutta has retired. Immediately after the accident she saw that the damage to the suspension was very serious and waved past her team mates, including our Race Truck, who all wanted to help her. It's a shame that the Race Truck then also had an accident. Everybody in both vehicles was uninjured."

#301 -- Bruno Saby (F), 2nd place (leg) / 8th position overall
"I'm satisfied with second fastest stage time and that I have moved up two positions. It was a difficult day: Loads of stones, potholes and clouds and clouds of dust. The difficult navigation didn't help things either, but Michel's work was perfect yet again."

#303 -- Jutta Kleinschmidt (D), retired
"I hit a tree stump after the steering was torn out of my hands by a pothole. The suspension was damaged irreparably. I have completed more than 50,000 rally kilometres with Volkswagen and always saw the chequered flag -- this series is now over."

#305 -- Giniel de Villiers (RSA), 1st place (leg) / 3rd position overall
"It's fantastic to win my first stage with Volkswagen! Last year I won the Bamako stage. A big thank you goes to Tina who navigated perfectly. I bent the exhaust on a tree after 50 kilometres."

#307 -- Carlos Sainz (E), 4th place (leg) / 11th position overall
"My stage ran relatively smoothly until I hit a bush with the rear end 80 kilometres before the finish, under which a tree stump was hidden. We continued with a wobbling rear wheel to the finish and were still fourth."

#309 -- Mark Miller (USA), 9th place (leg) / 5th position overall
"Our role today was to support Giniel and Tina. That's why we waited for them for eight minutes immediately after the start. It goes without saying that we support the team. Our Race Touareg was perfect today, Dirk's navigation was perfect."

-volkswagen-

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Series Dakar
Drivers Mark Miller , Carlos Sainz , Jutta Kleinschmidt , Stéphane Peterhansel , Giniel de Villiers , Bruno Saby , Kris Nissen
Teams Volkswagen Motorsport