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Team Phoenix successful in the Dakar Rally

I brought you an earlier piece about Team Phoenix/Lagos and that they provide two Audi entries into the DTM series. Here’s a follow up on them after this years 2007 Dakar Rally.

I would love to know why they entered a VW Tourareg vs. an Audi Q7 but I’m sure it had to do with VW’s mass effort this year. I don’t believe they were a “factory” team but they did have great support. I can’t wait to see them in action this year in the DTM.

Great job guys!

VW Dakar

Ernst Moser and his team, Phoenix Sport, are true jacks-of-all-trades. In the 2006 DTM season, the team based in Meuspath at the Nürburgring entered the two Audi A4 DTM raced by Christian Abt and Pierre Kaffer. Apart from that, a Phoenix entered Aston Martin contested the FIA GT Championship and in the season finale, held in Dubai, the car driven by Jean-Denis Deletraz and Andrea Piccini celebrated its maiden win. ‘A rolling stone gathers no moss,’ thought Moser – and opted for taking his team to the desert. There, his squad was responsible for the Race Touareg Carlos Sousa and his co-driver, Andy Schulz, raced in the 2007 Dakar Rally. And they did so with success, as finishing seventh was more than just a success d’estime, for the prototype ran as customer car.

Sousa/Schulz won the first stage, held the overall lead on the first two days of the event and defended third position up to and including stage six. When the pairing temporarily got stuck on stage seven, driver and co-driver unfortunately lost sight of one another in a sandstorm and lost a lot of time looking for each other. In the end, Sousa/Schulz crossed the finish line at Dakar’s famous Lac Rose as seventh in the overall standings. “I’m truly delighted with our achievements in my eleventh Dakar Rally,” beamed Sousa at the finish. “Our Lagos Team and the Phoenix Team responsible for running our Race Touareg made a perfect job – and the support of Volkswagen was just great. Quite obviously, the first day turned out to be the best of the entire event. After all, we won the first stage of the rally in my native Portugal in front of this massive crowd, thus taking the lead for two days.”

- DTM

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