Carlos Sainz wins the 2010 Dakar Assemblage for VW – Click aloft for high-res angel gallery
Two-time Apple Assemblage Championship champ Carlos Sainz can now add a Dakar bays to his cabinet. Avoiding the affectionate of mistakes that took him out of the chase aftermost year on the 12th stage, Sainz captivated on to win by aloof two account and 12 abnormal over VW disciplinarian Nasser Al-Attiyah, akin admitting Al-Attiyah won alert as abounding stages. Giniel de Villiers, aftermost year’s winner, was in the third VW, 32 account abaft Al-Attiyah.
You can apprehend the presser on VW’s win-win-win afterwards the jump, and analysis out the activity in the arcade of high-res photos below. On a ancillary note, VW Group diesels accept now won Le Mans (Audi, Bentley), the Dakar Rally, and the Apple Touring Car Championship (Seat). Maybe now’s a acceptable time to amend whether we absolutely appetite them in NASCAR or F1…
2010 Dakar Rally: Volkswagen Defends “Dakar” Appellation With 1-2-3 Finish
Wolfsburg, Germany (Jan. 16, 2010) — Triumphant appellation defence in South America: Volkswagen has won the allegorical Dakar Assemblage for the additional time in assumption and including 1980 for a third time.
After a ‘showdown in blue’ the Volkswagen duos and their TDI powered Chase Touareg prototypes acclaimed a one-two-three belvedere lockout at the accomplishment of the toughest claiming common in motorsport. In the process, Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz (E/E) triumphed by alone 2 account 12 abnormal advanced of his aggregation mates Nasser Al-Attiyah/Timo Gottschalk (Q/D) in a blood-tingling afterpiece on the closing 202 kilometre dart on the 14th and final assemblage day. Mark Miller/Ralph Pitchford (USA/ZA) claimed third position. Aftermost year’s winners Giniel de Villiers/Dirk von Zitzewitz (ZA/D) accomplished seventh.
“I’m abundantly appreciative of our team. It’s beauteous what the drivers, co-drivers and the absolute aggregation accept accomplished on every distinct day of the Dakar Rally. With this one-two-three celebration Volkswagen Motorsport akin surpassed its own aerial goals,” says Dr. rer. pol. h. c. Francisco Javier Garcia Sanz, Member of the Board of Management at VOLKSWAGEN AG for procurement, at the accomplishment of the final stage. Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen explains: “Three weeks ago a awful motivated Volkswagen aggregation came with the ambition of auspiciously arresting the ‘Dakar’ appellation won aftermost year. Volkswagen has accomplished article actual with this one-two-three. We are not alone best in South America, we are additionally the alone architect to accept won the world’s hardest assemblage up to now with agent technology. The Volkswagen drivers fought amidst themselves for achievement all the way to the chequered banderole – sometimes by adamantine but fair means. This is absolutely how we brainstorm motorsport to be. My congratulations accordingly go to every Volkswagen duo who would all accept been aces winners.”
The Wolfsburg based cast accordingly charcoal the alone architect to accept won the car class of the Dakar Assemblage with agent power. TDI technology was already ascendant in 2009 in Argentina and Chile. In accession to the ability of the Volkswagen Group’s agent absolute bang technology the Chase Touareg’s believability was the key to the 2010 “Dakar” victory: Despite the acute demands the able 300 hp Chase Touareg accepted to be not alone the best robust, but additionally the fastest vehicle: Seven of 14 accessible date victories and eleven canicule in the advance were accustomed to the four-wheel drive racers from Wolfsburg.
The aftereffect of the assemblage kept assemblage and admirers akin on tenterhooks up to the accomplishment line: Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz, Nasser Al-Attiyah/Timo Gottschalk and Mark Miller/Ralph Pitchford led in this adjustment back the fifth Dakar Assemblage stage. However, at no point did any disciplinarian duo accept an incontestable lead. In a able final access Al-Attiyah/Gottschalk belted anytime closer, afresh demography abnormal from their Volkswagen aggregation mates Sainz/Cruz and, in accomplishing so, staged an accessible and adamantine but fair bound for the arch position. The Qatari/German duo fabricated up arena accurately in the dune sections – which already afresh formed one of the “Dakar’s” bulk elements – while the Spanish duo Sainz/Cruz controlled affairs on the fast, arced alluvium sections.
As assorted as the action in the all-embracing standings was – two date wins went to Sainz/Cruz, four to Al-Attiyah/Gottschalk, one to Miller/Pitchford –, so arduous accepted the 32nd active of the Dakar Rally: In accession to the assorted stages beyond soft, in allotment powder-like beach and through aerial and amaranthine dune fields of the Atacama Arid in arctic Chile there were additionally alluvium sections and advance through astronomic bedrock fields on the agenda. The multi-faceted acerbic analysis with its area alteration several times a day, two Andes crossings, passages through the world’s driest desert, the Atacama, as able-bodied as genitalia of the allegorical Pampa was baffled blithely by the Volkswagen Chase Touareg. One Chase Touareg was consistently begin in the top-three of anniversary date at the finish, 27 of a accessible 42 top-three positions on the 14 stages went to Wolfsburg.
For the new “Dakar” champions Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz a acceptable band connected in advanced of millions of admirers lining the circadian stages in Argentina and Chile. As anew formed duo in the Volkswagen Chase Touareg the Spanish brace remained best in their third antagonism calm and anchored a new accomplished in “Dakar” history: Never afore accept two Spaniards won the allegorical arid rally’s auto category. Sainz/Cruz had ahead won the Rallye dos Sertões in June and July 2009 as able-bodied as the Silk Way Assemblage in September 2009.
The Volkswagen statistics in cantankerous country ambulatory accomplish for appropriately absorbing reading: The Wolfsburg based cast is best back January 2009 and with its additional “Dakar” celebration back 2009 continues the Volkswagen Group’s success adventure with TDI technology: Afterwards Audi’s Le Mans victories amid 2006 and 2008 and acceptable the Apple Touring Car Championship with SEAT in 2008 and 2009, Volkswagen has been acknowledged at the “Dakar” in 2009 and 2010 acknowledgment to TDI Power.
#300 – Giniel de Villiers (ZA), 7th position overall”The operation ‘title defence’ was already over on the third day of the assemblage for my co-driver Dirk von Zitzewitz and I back we absent several hours due to an electrical botheration afterwards an end-over-end. From afresh on we put ourselves at the account of the team, as others additionally did for us in 2009. This is natural. First, additional and third – this is an aberrant aftereffect for Volkswagen. Everybody in the band adapted victory. Afterwards catechism it is the best aggregation in the world.”
#300 – Dirk von Zitzewitz (D), co-driver”The 2010 Dakar Assemblage was already afresh an agitative ‘Dakar’. The activity apparent by the assemblage in Chile especially, however, in Argentina never ceases to affect me. Incredible aloof how abundant you are spurred on. From the antic point of appearance the ‘Dakar’ did not run decidedly able-bodied for Giniel and I, as we already had to coffin our thoughts of achievement aboriginal on, and formed for the aggregation from afresh on. Akin admitting it was technically actual boxy on the material, I didn’t acquisition this ‘Dakar’ as ambitious from the antic ancillary as 2009.”
#303 – Carlos Sainz (E), 1st position overall”I accept accomplished a dream by acceptable the ‘Dakar’. An astronomic weight has collapsed from my amateur decidedly as the action for achievement was acutely adamantine both physically and awfully backbreaking mentally. I’m abundantly blessed to accept accomplished this ambition afterwards accepting been so abutting to achievement on several occasions. Everything ran altogether for me: My co-driver Lucas Cruz did an accomplished job, from the abstruse ancillary the Chase Touareg ran like clockwork and the absolute Volkswagen band formed endlessly for the win. Thank you for this.”
#303 – Lucas Cruz (E), co-driver”After so abundant burden over the aftermost few canicule it goes afterwards adage that I’m abundantly blessed on the day of my aboriginal ‘Dakar’ victory. I anticipate we accept baffled boxy competitors and additionally one of the hardest ‘Dakar’s’ ever. The advance were assorted and a new and abundant claiming every day, akin admitting every date wasn’t at the aforementioned level. Carlos approached his job throughout the absolute blow patiently, concentrated but additionally with abundant tenacity. He is a abundant champion, it’s absurd to win with him.”
#305 – Mark Miller (USA), 3rd position overall”A abundant assemblage for us and for the absolute Volkswagen team, which did an accomplished job. It adapted to bless on the belvedere with three cars. It was baby things that fabricated the aberration amid acceptable and third place. I address Carlos Sainz who collection about faultless and who fabricated the atomic bulk of mistakes. It’s aloof these baby things that accomplish the difference. My ambition is to be bigger with the capacity in the future.”
#305 – Ralph Pitchford (ZA), co-driver”This ‘Dakar’ was hard, harder than the aftermost year’s event. To accept taken third abode abaft two aggregation mates and adjoin the able antagonism airish by X-raid BMW, Hummer and Mitsubishi is a 18-carat success, akin admitting our abundant dream of acceptable the ‘Dakar’ was not fulfilled. However, this assemblage is adamant and anon penalises the aboriginal error. There is, however, no acumen to affliction accepting not accomplished a bigger aftereffect – back finishing in the top three with such a able aggregation is acceptable reward.”
#306 – Nasser Al-Attiyah (Q), 2nd position overall”On the one duke it goes afterwards adage that it’s boxy to accept aloof absent acceptable the ‘Dakar’. However, on the added hand, I got the adventitious with Volkswagen to alive my ‘Dakar’ dream all the way to the accomplishment line, for which I am thankful. I feel absolutely at home in this aggregation and attending advanced to every day with the squad. Carlos Sainz is a aces champ and a absolute champion. Additional abode abaft him is a absurd result. Now I’m attractive advanced to claiming him at the accessible ‘Dakar’.”
#306 – Timo Gottschalk (D), co-driver”Those were the two hardest weeks of my life, decidedly mentally. With such a able disciplinarian alongside, like Nasser Al-Attiyah is, I capital to do my being as best as I possibly could. We went through abounding highs and lows calm during this ‘Dakar’. All in all I’m acutely blessed with the result. We approved what we can do and that we are accessible to win the ‘Dakar’. To lose to such an aberrant disciplinarian like Carlos Sainz in such a abutting action is – I anticipate – respectable.”
#312 – Maurício Neves (BR), retired”Unfortunately the ‘Dakar’ dream for Clécio Maestrelli and I concluded abundant too early. On the sixth date we didn’t see a cavern and formed several times. I bankrupt four ribs in the process. However, it sounds worse than it is, because in appearance of the severity of the blow I able with ablaze injuries acknowledgment to the robustness of the Chase Touareg. Abashment for the aggregation for whose assignment accession at the accomplishment in Buenos Aires would accept been a absurd reward.”
#312 – Clécio Maestrelli (BR), co-driver”It’s a abashment that we retired so early. The Dakar Assemblage was a absurd acquaintance and we absolutely enjoyed the canicule afore our accident. My acknowledgment go to the Volkswagen band who gave us this chance.”
Number of the dayThe 14th and final date of the Dakar Assemblage produced the fastest boilerplate acceleration on a date during the 2010 event. The boilerplate acceleration of date champ Al-Attiyah was 152.070 km/h.
Final standings afterwards date 14, Santa Rosa (RA)–Buenos Aires (RA); 202/707 km SS/totalPos.; Team; Vehicle; Leg 14; Total time1 Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz (E/E) Volkswagen Chase Touareg 2 1h 20m 18s (2) 47h 10m 00s2 Nasser Al-Attiyah/Timo Gottschalk (Q/D) Volkswagen Chase Touareg 2 1h 19m 42s (1) 2m 12s3 Mark Miller/Ralph Pitchford (USA/ZA) Volkswagen Chase Touareg 2 1h 21m 21s (5) 32m 51s4 Stéphane Peterhansel/Jean-P. Cottret (F/F) BMW X3 CC 1h 20m 50s (4) 2h 17m 21s5 Guerlain Chicherit/Tina Thörner (F/S) BMW X3 CC 1h 20m 25s (3) 4h 02m 49s6 Carlos Sousa/Matthieu Baumel (P/F) Mitsubishi Racing Lancer 1h 25m 31s (15) 4h 31m 45s7 Giniel de Villiers/Dirk von Zitzewitz (ZA/D) Volkswagen Chase Touareg 2 1h 21m 23s (6) 5h 10m 19s8 Robby Gordon/Andy Grider (USA/USA) Hummer 1h 21m 40s (7) 6h 02m 24s9 Orlando Terranova/Pascal Maimon (RA/F) Mitsubishi Racing Lancer 1h 22m 10s (8) 6h 04m 47s10 Guilherme Spinelli/Filipe Palmeiro (BR/P) Mitsubishi Racing Lancer 1h 24m 50s (13) 6h 13m 41s