Dakar: Volkswagen stage ten report

Carlos Sainz presents Volkswagen with fourth stage victory Works driver Carlos Sainz presented Volkswagen with its fourth victory on the Dakar Rally's tenth stage. On the 333 kilometre timed section from Kiffa to Kayes the Spaniard beat his...

Carlos Sainz presents Volkswagen with fourth stage victory

Works driver Carlos Sainz presented Volkswagen with its fourth victory on the Dakar Rally's tenth stage.

On the 333 kilometre timed section from Kiffa to Kayes the Spaniard beat his countryman Nani Roma (Mitsubishi) by more than four minutes. After scoring its fourth stage victory Volkswagen has now eased ahead of Mitsubishi and Schlesser again who both have three each. Giniel de Villiers retained his position as best Volkswagen driver in third place overall after 6,155 kilometres, and now lies only 23 minutes 13 seconds behind second placed Luc Alphand, who lost 35 minutes due to a collision. Jutta Kleinschmidt is still fifth and Mark Miller sixth.

Kris Nissen (Volkswagen Motorsport Director)
"A good day for Volkswagen, Carlos collected the fourth stage victory and, in the process, once again demonstrated the potential of the Race Touareg 2. Giniel de Villiers maintained third place. Things are still relatively close behind him. The engine was rebuilt on Carlos Sainz's Race Touareg after the ninth stage. The engine had overheated due to a problem with the cooling fan, which also cost Carlos a possible stage victory."

#301 -- Bruno Saby (F), 11th place (leg) / 10th position overall
"We destroyed a front-left wheel. Unfortunately I couldn't get it off immediately and actually had to use stones in the end to loosen it. We lost a lot of time as a result on a stage that was difficult enough as it was."

#303 -- Jutta Kleinschmidt (D), 5th place (leg) / 5th position overall
"The navigation was very difficult today; we searched about five times for the right way because the road book was so inaccurate today. I hit something lightly with the rear-end and lost a piece of the bodywork as a result -- there was no mechanical damage though."

#305 -- Giniel de Villiers (RSA), 8th place (leg) / 3rd position overall
"Unfortunately we lost quite some time after we drove into ditch, which was very irritating but luckily nothing else happened. The tracks are much narrower now, and driving requires all your concentration over the entire distance."

#307 -- Carlos Sainz (E), 1st place (leg) / 13th position overall
"A huge thank you to the mechanics who rebuilt the engine overnight yesterday after it overheated on the previous day. Winning today is my gift for the excellent work as the Race Touareg ran perfectly again."

#309 -- Mark Miller (USA), 4th place (leg) / 6th position overall
"The tracks were really narrow. In one place I tore off the wing mirror on the co-driver's side. We stopped briefly to check on Giniel. The road book was very ambiguous today, but we didn't get lost."

-volkswagen-

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