Dakar: Volkswagen Motorsports day four quotes

Team quotes after leg four Kris Nissen (Volkswagen Motorsport Director) "Volkswagen continues to occupy the top three positions. Our drivers set good times today, and Carlos Sousa's performance, as well, deserves credit. Congratulations to ...

Team quotes after leg four

Kris Nissen (Volkswagen Motorsport Director)
"Volkswagen continues to occupy the top three positions. Our drivers set good times today, and Carlos Sousa's performance, as well, deserves credit. Congratulations to Jean-Louis Schlesser on winning this stage. On this fast leg through a chott and in the sand the Race Touareg was good, which is a good omen for the days ahead. But Mitsubishi, too, were consistent. Unfortunately, Mark Miller lost time today when the rear differential stopped working properly. We're going to install a new differential in the evening and analyse the reason for this damage."

#301 -- Giniel de Villiers (RSA), 5th place (leg) / 2nd place overall
"Being the first car out we cut an aisle through the vegetation on the first 100 kilometres. Three times we had to stop to clear the radiators of the grass, which cost us five minutes. In the process we were overtaken by Carlos Sainz and Stéphane Peterhansel. When Carlos suffered a puncture we passed him. 80 kilometres before the finish we drove past Stéphane while he was standing. Looking at it this way, it's been a good day but I'm very sad because one of my fellow countrymen was killed in a motorcycle accident."

#303 -- Carlos Sainz (E), 3rd place (leg) / 1st place overall
"We've maintained the lead in unfavourable conditions. In the beginning I lost time in deep ruts, and the navigation was tricky at first as well. When we had a puncture of the rear right-hand tyre we had to stop and change it. During this time we cleared the radiator of grass as well. On Wednesday I'm expecting a similarly tough day."

#305 -- Mark Miller (USA), 12th place (leg) / 10th place overall
"With Luc Alphand I fought a nice duel and passed him after 230 kilometres when he suffered a puncture. Once we missed a way point and lost a few minutes. When the all-wheel drive stopped working properly we started, with Ari's help, to change a rear drive shaft. But then we discovered that it was probably the differential and re-installed the shaft."

#308 -- Ari Vatanen (FIN), 11th day (leg)
"In the dust it was difficult to overtake, but our day was very consistent nevertheless. Then we met Mark and helped him to repair the damage. When he had to continue driving with the damaged differential we decided to stay behind him through to the finish to be on the safe side."

-credit: vw motorsports

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Series Dakar
Drivers Mark Miller , Carlos Sainz , Luc Alphand , Jean-Louis Schlesser , Stéphane Peterhansel , Carlos Sousa , Giniel de Villiers , Ari Vatanen , Kris Nissen
Teams Volkswagen Motorsport