Ford Racing duo and former champions Chris Visser and Japie Badenhorst kept their championship hopes alive when they finished ahead of the rest of the field at the 4×4 Mega World 400, round six of the Absa Off-Road Championship, on Saturday.
Former South African champions Duncan Vos Rob Howie clinched their second win in the ABSA Off Road championship.
Nasser Al-Attiyah and co-driver Timo Gottschalk took home the winners’ trophies after completing the 2011 Dakar Rally some 49 minutes ahead of Volkswagen teammates Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz, and around an hour ahead of the third VW Touareg of Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz. This is the third year in succession that the Volkswagen team have occupied all three steps on the podium of the world’s toughest rally.
The proverbial fat lady began her vocal warm up during stage 11 of the Dakar Rally, as Nasser Al-Attiyah sailed ahead.
With the day’s special stage once again faced with heavy downpours, Spaniard Carlos Sainz continued to triumph by securing his second stage win for the 2011 Dakar, and retains his lead at the top of the car standings, while Vladimir Chagin gave up the lead to teammate Firdaus Kabirov.
Former world rally champion Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz of Spain led the Volkswagen Motorsport team to a historic 1-2-3 in the 32nd edition of the Dakar Rally in Argentina.
Carlos Sainz and co driver Lucas Cruz took a second stage win yesterday as the Spanish duo finished the longest leg of this year’s event… Read more →
I’ve been chasing the 2010 Dakar rally for the last five days as a guest of VW Motorsport. I joined the ultra-professional team at the rally’s half way point at Antofagasta on the Chilean coast.
Volkswagen’s Carlos Sainz and co-driver Lucas Cruz achieved their first stage win of this year’s Dakar and increased their lead in the overall standings during the tenth timed special from La Serena to Santiago yesterday.
With only five stages remaining, the chase for the Dakar title has become no less exciting. As Volkswagen teammates Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz suffered yet another puncture on yesterday’s ninth stage, Nasser Al-Attiyah and Timo Gottschalk guided their Race Touareg to a third stage win and the largest win margin of this year’s event.