Dakar: Volkswagen Motorsport day 13 quotes

Team quotes after leg 12 Kris Nissen (Volkswagen Motorsport Director) "We are satisfied with the one-two from Carlos Sainz and Carlos Sousa on today's stage. The drivers were excellent; their co-drivers mastered a difficult task supremely since...

Team quotes after leg 12

Kris Nissen (Volkswagen Motorsport Director)
"We are satisfied with the one-two from Carlos Sainz and Carlos Sousa on today's stage. The drivers were excellent; their co-drivers mastered a difficult task supremely since the navigation was difficult in this confusing terrain. It's great to see that the Race Touareg can record top-times on this type of route. Unfortunately, Giniel and Dirk lost time due to a navigational error. On the remaining stages we want to continue to show that the Race Touareg can post the fastest times, that our drivers are the best, and that the team continues to work efficiently and reliably even after twelve tough days and nights all the way to the finish line."

#301 -- Giniel de Villiers (RSA), 22nd place (leg) / 12th position overall
"That really wasn't our day, particularly as we got completely lost after 200 kilometres. We followed some motorbike tracks, before arriving at a cliff. The motorbike riders got through a narrow gorge, but not us. We had to turn around. So we lost 25 minutes to the leaders."

#303 -- Carlos Sainz (E), 1st place (leg) / 9th position overall
"It wasn't only the navigation that was demanding today. Driving on the narrow tracks between the trees was anything but easy. Sometimes the bushes covered the track so we had to plough through them, which is why the body is a little scratched. The car ran well. I'm delighted to have set the best time, which should go to the team as they worked fantastically."

#305 -- Mark Miller (USA), 8th place (leg) / 5th position overall
"The navigation made that a very difficult stage. We didn't see any tracks from the cars in front. We stopped three times to remove grass from the cooler, during which Carlos Sainz, Carlos Sousa and Stéphane Peterhansel passed us. We got lost once and had to search a little. I hit some debris hidden in the grass just before the finish. The left-hand front tyre lost air, but we reached the finish."

-credit: vw motorsport

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Series Dakar
Drivers Mark Miller , Carlos Sainz , Stéphane Peterhansel , Carlos Sousa , Giniel de Villiers , Kris Nissen
Teams Volkswagen Motorsport