Dakar: Volkswagen stage 14 report

Triple stage victory for Volkswagen Volkswagen managed another top performance on the 14th and penultimate stage of the Dakar Rally: For the ninth time, a Race Touareg clinched a stage victory, for the third consecutive time, and fifth...

Triple stage victory for Volkswagen

Volkswagen managed another top performance on the 14th and penultimate stage of the Dakar Rally: For the ninth time, a Race Touareg clinched a stage victory, for the third consecutive time, and fifth altogether, Carlos Sainz/Michel Périn (Spain/France) achieved such a result.

To top it off, Volkswagen claimed a triple exploit on the 576-kilometre stage from Tambacounda to Dakar: Sainz won ahead of his team-mates Giniel de Villiers/Dirk von Zitzewitz (South Africa/Germany) and the Race Touareg from Team Lagos, piloted by Carlos Sousa/Andreas Schulz (Portugal/Germany). Mark Miller/Ralph Pitchford (USA/South Africa) in another Race Touareg completed the Volkswagen foursome at the front of the field by finishing in sixth place. In addition, Volkswagen on the penultimate day of the 2007 Dakar Rally celebrated the Race Touareg's 50th stage victory.

In the overall classification which, before the 93-kilometre final stage on Sunday, is being led by the French Mitsubishi driver Stéphane Peterhansel, Mark Miller -- as the best Volkswagen driver -- is ranking in fifth place. Carlos Sousa is seventh, Carlos Sainz ninth and Giniel de Villiers eleventh.

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Sunday, 21 January, Dakar (SN) -- Dakar (SN): 16 km stage/93 km total. The final short leg at Lac Rose is the classic of the Dakar Rally. The vehicles complete a last loop on the beach north of Dakar, then crossing the ramp of the finish at the shores of the big salt lake Lac Rose. The Dakar Rally's traditional finish is also an attraction for numerous invited guests of the teams.

-credit: vw

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Series Dakar
Drivers Mark Miller , Carlos Sainz , Andreas Schulz , Stéphane Peterhansel , Carlos Sousa , Giniel de Villiers , Michel Périn , Ralph Pitchford