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Dakar - Volkswagen with ten stage victories, fastest team

Wolfsburg (21 January 2007). In the 2007 Dakar Rally Volkswagen – having clinched ten of 14 possible stage victories and leading the event for eight days – was the dominant team in the field, but in the overall classification the factory team headed by Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen was not rewarded for its performance.

After 8,000 kilometres factory driver Mark Miller (USA) and his co-driver Ralph Pitchford (South Africa) in the Race Touareg 2, as the make's best pairing, finished in fourth place overall. Prior to this, a defect on a cam follower in the valve train of the diesel engine, which had never occurred before in countless kilometres of testing and competition, had robbed the German automotive manufacturer that had been successfully defending its lead up to this point of all chances for victory.

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Dakar - Triple stage victory for Volkswagen

Wolfsburg (20 January 2007). Volkswagen managed another top performance on the 14th and penultimate leg of the Dakar Rally: For the ninth time, a Race Touareg clinched a stage victory, for the third consecutive time, and fifth altogether, Carlos Sainz/Michel Périn (Spain/France) achieved such a result.

To top it off, Volkswagen claimed a triple exploit on the 576-kilometre stage from Tambacounda to Dakar: Sainz won ahead of his team-mates Giniel de Villiers/Dirk von Zitzewitz (South Africa/Germany) and the Race Touareg from Team Lagos, piloted by Carlos Sousa/Andreas Schulz (Portugal/Germany). Mark Miller/Ralph Pitchford (USA/South Africa) in another Race Touareg completed the Volkswagen foursome at the front of the field by finishing in sixth place. In addition, Volkswagen on the penultimate day of the 2007 Dakar Rally celebrated the Race Touareg's 50th stage victory.

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The Precision Sports Car: The Audi R8

Deviantspeed creates a special gallery in tribute to the Mid-engined Audi R8 sports car. Click here for the R8 Gallery

Audi R8

INGOLSTADT, Germany - Audi is entering the most discerning segment of the car market with its R8 mid-engine sports car – and immediately taking up a position among the leaders: equipped with the expertise that Audi has gathered from its involvement in motor sport and from building sporty premium-class cars, the R8 is the embodiment of superlative road behavior, pioneering technology and fascinating design. The 420 hp V8 FSI engine, quattro permanent four-wheel drive and the aluminum space-frame body endow the R8 with outstanding qualities to challenge for leadership of this segment, as do its excellent everyday suitability and Audi's typical standards of perfection in quality and finish. Deliveries will commence in the fall of 2007.

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Dakar - Sainz claims eighth stage victory for Volkswagen

Volkswagen Race Touareg 2

Wolfsburg (19 January 2007). 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.

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, who leads in the overall classification.

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Sainz claims eighth stage victory for Volkswagen

Wolfsburg (19 January 2007). 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.

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.

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Dakar - Sainz scores Volkswagen's seventh stage victory

Volkswagen Race Touareg 2

Wolfsburg (18 January 2007). One-two for Volkswagen on the twelfth stage of the Dakar Rally: Factory driver Carlos Sainz (Spain) and co-driver Michel Périn (France) won the 484 kilometre stage from Ayoun-el-Atrous (Mauritania) to Kayes (Mali) in their Race Touareg by 3:53 minutes from their Volkswagen comrades Carlos Sousa/Andy Schulz (Portugal/Deutschland) from the Lagos-Team.

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Volkswagen in third and fifth positions with Miller and Sainz

Wolfsburg (16 January 2007). Volkswagen finished the tenth stage of the 29th Dakar Rally in third and fifth positions. Mark Miller/Ralph Pitchford (USA/South Africa), currently sixth overall in the “Dakar” and therefore now best placed Volkswagen drivers, scored their personal best result with third positions.

On the 400 kilometre long loop through the savannah around Nema in Mauritania, the two English speaking professionals in the Race Touareg 2 were only 1:49 minutes slower than day winner Nasser Al-Attiyah from Qatar in a BMW. The Japanese driver Hiroshi Masuoka in a Mitsubishi was second.

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Dakar: Bitter disappointment for Volkswagen team

VW suffers a devistating blow to their push in Dakar after 6 stage wins.

Dakar Rally, stage 9, 15 January 2007

Wolfsburg (15 January 2007). After making an impressive start to the 29th Dakar Rally the Volkswagen team was dealt a cruel blow today: The factory duo Giniel de Villiers/Dirk von Zitzewitz (South Africa/Germany) started the ninth stage as leaders but, like their team mates Carlos Sainz/Michel Périn (Spain/France) in fourth place, were also stopped by a technical defect on the Race Touareg 2 during the ninth stage from Tichit to Nema in Mauritania.

"This double setback is a bitter disappointment, particularly as our performance was rewarded with six stage wins up to this point. Unfortunately, our dream of victory was buried in the deserts sands today”, says Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen. "A cam follower in the valve train on the engine broke on Giniel de Villiers’ car. A hole was punched in the valve cover as a result, and the escaping oil ignited on the hot turbocharger. The flames were doused immediately with the onboard fire extinguisher. The car is being towed back to the bivouac by one of our Race-Trucks. Carlos Sainz, who had led the rally comfortably prior to this stage, was slowed when his engine cut-out and refused to start again, probably due to an electrical problem. He is also being towed to the bivouac.”

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Dakar coverage continues - VW Race Touaregs

Dakar coverage continues with results from VW. For full stories check our Volkswagen Section

Dakar Rally, stage 7, 12 January 2007

Lead has changed – Volkswagen driver de Villiers ahead of Sainz

Volkswagen Race Touareg 2

Wolfsburg (12 January 2007). Volkswagen maintains its one-two lead but a change at the top of the leader board before the rest day makes the 29th Dakar Rally even more thrilling: Giniel de Villiers/Dirk von Zitzewitz took the lead, having clinched their second stage victory on the way from Zouérat to Atâr in Mauritania.

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Dakar: VW Driver Sainz New Leader After Stage 3

Continued Dakar coverage, VW retains the top 3 positions with their race Touaregs.

08 January 2007 - WOLFSBURG, Germany - Volkswagen factory driver Carlos Sainz has taken the lead of the Dakar Rally. The Spaniard and his French co-driver Michel Périn took second place in the Volkswagen Race Touareg 2 on the third stage in Morocco from Nador to Er Rachidia.

The Race Touareg was gifted its third stage victory by the South African Giniel de Villiers and his German co-driver Dirk von Zitzewitz, who led the Sainz/Périn duo by 25 seconds across the line and Stéphane Peterhansel (Mitsubishi) by 3:18 minutes to vault to second place in the overall standings. Yesterday’s leader Carlos Sousa and his German co-driver Andy Schulz round off the one-two-three lead for Volkswagen in the overall classification.

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