After good start to “Dakar”
Good opening for Volkswagen in the Dakar Rally: The Race Touareg cars fill positions second to fourth after the first stage. On the rally's debut in South America Carlos Sainz/Michel Périn (E/F) finished second behind Nasser Al-Attiyah in a BMW
on the opening day.
Giniel de Villiers/Dirk von Zitzewitz (ZA/D) follow in third place in another Volkswagen only 23 seconds behind Sainz. Mark Miller/Ralph Pitchford (USA/ZA) completed Volkswagen's good team performance with fourth position on the stage from Buenos Aires to Santa Rosa in Argentina.
On the 733 kilometre and longest opening "Dakar” stage in the event's recent history Dieter Depping/Timo Gottschalk (D/D) established themselves in front of their team mates up to the third time checkpoint, however on the final section they dropped back and have still not reached the finish.