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VW and Sainz were not kidding!

VW is on a tear! It really sucks about the simple mishaps that turned VW’s lead into a loss this year. That just goes to show you the Dakar can change everything at a moments notice or lack of…

Another stage victory for Volkswagen in the Dakar Rally: After yesterday’s exploit Carlos Sainz/Michel Périn (Spain/France) also won the 13th of 15 legs of the desert classic, a 458-kilometre section from Kayes in Mali to Tambacounda in Senegal.

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For Sainz, it marked as much as his fourth stage victory, for Volkswagen the eighth in the 29th Dakar Rally. The Spanish-French driver pairing in the Race Touareg was 26 seconds quicker than the French Mitsubishi driver Stéphane Peterhansel.

Mark Miller/Ralph Pitchford (USA/South Africa) in another Race Touareg set the day’s third-best time with a 2.18-minute gap, defending their place as Volkswagen’s best team in the field in fifth position overall. Two positions behind them is the Portuguese-German duo of Carlos Sousa/Andreas Schulz in a Race Touareg from Team Lagos who achieved the fourth-best time of the day.

Giniel de Villiers/Dirk von Zitzewitz (South Africa/Germany) with a 10.37-minute gap finished the special stage on Friday in tenth place.

- Volkswagen Motorsport

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