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Dakar 2011: Nasser Al-Attiyah & Timo Gottschalk win, Volkswagen sweeps podium

Timo Gottschalk, Kris Nissen, Nasser Al-Attiyah celebrate thier 2011 Dakar win.

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Tumultuous celebration at the “Dakar” finish: Volkswagen has won the Dakar Rally for the third time in succession. Standing alongside Nasser Al-Attiyah/Timo Gottschalk (Q/D) on the podium in Buenos Aires on Sunday will be Giniel de Villiers/Dirk von Zitzewitz (ZA/D) and Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz (E/E). In front of millions of enthusiastic spectators the new Race Touareg 3 scored a much celebrated one-two-three finish in the desert classic through Argentina and Chile. As a result, Volkswagen is the only manufacturer to have won the automobile category in the desert classic with diesel technology – and remains unbeaten on the South American continent thanks to TDI power. To complete the victory all three cars must still roll across the winner’s ramp on Sunday and midday local time in Buenos Aires. Continue reading ‘Dakar 2011: Nasser Al-Attiyah & Timo Gottschalk win, Volkswagen sweeps podium’

Dakar 2011: Nasser Al-Attiyah, Timo Gottschalk increase gap to pursuers with stage victory

Nasser Al-Attiyah and Timo Gottschalk take a quick dip in their Race Touareg 3

The Volkswagen factory drivers Nasser Al-Attiyah/Timo Gottschalk (Q/D) increased their lead at the top of the Dakar Rally standings on the eleventh stage. On the section from Chilecito to San Juan they recorded their fourth stage victory this year in the Race Touareg 3 and benefited at the same time from the bad luck of their team mates Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz (E/E). Last year’s winners from Spain dropped back due to damage on their car, but are still on course for a podium finish. New second placed duo is Giniel de Villiers/Dirk von Zitzewitz (ZA/D) in another Race Touareg. Continue reading ‘Dakar 2011: Nasser Al-Attiyah, Timo Gottschalk increase gap to pursuers with stage victory’

Dakar 2011: Nasser Al-Attiyah claims the overall lead by 5 minutes

Carlos Sainz, Lucas Cruz kicking up a smoke trail, Dakar 2011

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On the most difficult Dakar Rally stage so far the Volkswagen teams guaranteed enormous tension with a change of leadership. As was the case on Friday the four Race Touareg teams took the top four finishing positions on the eighth stage from Antofagasta to Copiapó. In Chile’s most famous town since the mining miracle the Nasser Al-Attiyah/Timo Gottschalk (Q/D) duo took their third stage win. On his favorite terrain in deep sand Al-Attiyah replaced last year’s winner Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz (E/E) at the head of the overall standings. The Arab is now 5 minutes 14 seconds ahead of the Spaniard. Continue reading ‘Dakar 2011: Nasser Al-Attiyah claims the overall lead by 5 minutes’

Dakar 2011: Volkswagen take a 1-2-3-4 win on Day 6

Carlos Sainz, Lucas Cruz, VW Race Touareg 3 takes a nose dive

The Volkswagen drivers went into the rest day of this year’s Dakar Rally with a 1-2-3-4 win. After the victories in the first week the score in the duel with the X-raid BMW team is now 5-1 to Volkswagen. Continue reading ‘Dakar 2011: Volkswagen take a 1-2-3-4 win on Day 6′

Dakar 2011: Stephane Peterhansel wins 5th leg, Sainz maintains overall lead

Race Touareg 3 carching massive air

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Volkswagen has maintained the lead with the Race Touareg 3 on the fifth leg of the Dakar Rally. In the overall standings Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz (E/E) remain the front runners with an advantage of 2m 26s after the 459-kilometer leg in the north of Chile from Calama to Iquique. The stage win was secured for the first time by X-raid BMW driver Stéphane Peterhansel in front of the two Volkswagen drivers Nasser Al-Attiyah (Q) and Sainz. The Frenchman thus bumped Nasser Al-Attiyah/Timo Gottschalk (Q/D) from second to third place overall in the rally’s standings – a mere seven seconds separate the two duos. Continue reading ‘Dakar 2011: Stephane Peterhansel wins 5th leg, Sainz maintains overall lead’

Dakar 2011: Volkswagen continues to lead the Dakar Rally after clinching its fourth stage win

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The fourth leg featured the extremely demanding crossing of the Andes at an altitude of more than 4,400 meters – including a plateau at an elevation of over 4,000 metres. Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz (E/E) extended their overall advantage by 50 seconds to 4m 24s. Their team colleagues Nasser Al-Attiyah/Timo Gottschalk (Q/D) remain the runners-up. The two Volkswagen factory drivers also crossed the finish line of today’s stage in this order. Continue reading ‘Dakar 2011: Volkswagen continues to lead the Dakar Rally after clinching its fourth stage win’

Dakar 2011: Nasser Al-Attiyah attacks and gives Volkswagen a 1-2 lead

Nasser Al-Attiyah and Timo Gottschalk improved to position two overall

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Volkswagen is leading the Dakar Rally after the third of 13 stages with two Race Touareg 3 cars. With a strong showing Nasser Al-Attiyah/Timo Gottschalk (Q/D) improved to position two overall. The duo took the stage win on the 731-kilometre leg with a 25-second advantage over their Volkswagen team colleagues Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz (E/E). Continue reading ‘Dakar 2011: Nasser Al-Attiyah attacks and gives Volkswagen a 1-2 lead’

Dakar 2011: Carlos Sainz leads a thunderstorm riddled first leg

Carlos Sainz, Lucas Cruz, Dakar 2011, Argentina

The Dakar Rally started with the first stage win for Volkswagen. Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz (E/E) are leading the desert classic in the Volkswagen Race Touareg 3 after the first of 13 legs by 1m 31s ahead of X-raid BMW driver Stéphane Peterhansel. Continue reading ‘Dakar 2011: Carlos Sainz leads a thunderstorm riddled first leg’




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