Rally Dakar 2006: Volkswagen Motorsport - Leg 9
Volkswagen defended third with Giniel de Villiers and fifth with Jutta Kleinschmidt at the Dakar Rally after the longest leg totalling 874 kilometres. While Giniel de Villiers and Jutta Kleinschmidt were able to retain their
positions despite niggling problems, Mark Miller and Bruno Saby both improved by a single place to seventh and tenth overall respectively.
Carlos Sainz, fastest of the day by 30 seconds at the third check point, ground to a halt 24 kilometres before the end of the stage and eventually crossed the finish two hours behind the winner.
Kris Nissen (Volkswagen Motorsport Director)
"On this sad day, our thoughts are with the fatally injured motorcyclist Andy Caldecott and his family to whom we extend our deepest sympathy. The sporting events are of no consequence under such circumstances. While Carlos had the chance to win the stage with the finish in sight, Jutta and Giniel unfortunately lost ground to Mitsubishi. We'll have to wait until Carlos is in the bivouac before we know the exact reasons for his delay.”
#301 – Bruno Saby (F), 10th position overall
"That was a very difficult day full of soft sand and tricky navigation. The day went well for us, but we stopped to help Jutta. Nevertheless, we still managed to improve one place in the overall standings.”
#303 – Jutta Kleinschmidt (D), 5th position overall
"Unfortunately the water cooling fan stopped working about 100 kilometres before the finish. We needed 40 minutes for just five kilometres in the dunes and even turned the heating on to improve the cooling effect on the engine.”
#305 – Giniel de Villiers (RSA), 3rd position overall
"After 150 kilometres I had a tyre failure on the rear-right. Unfortunately the hydraulic jack didn't work, so I lost about 15 minutes as a result. We didn't want to change anymore tyres, so that's why we adjusted the tyre pressure to suit the terrain.”
#309 – Mark Miller (USA), 7th position overall
"We got lost again today. We got stuck later when we swerved to avoid a motorcyclist who had crashed. So, we were seventh and have moved up a position on the overall leader board.”
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