After the leg twelve of Dakar Rally
No regular service is allowed after the Rally Dakar's twelfth stage. At the stage finish in the Guinean town Labé, the Volkswagen works drivers and all other competitors can only call on the help of the Race Trucks. After an accident
on the eleventh stage the Race-Truck driven by Klaus Leihener/Thomas Baumann/Thorsten Goldberg was again ready for action on the marathon stage.
The robust MAN had only suffered cosmetic damage and arrived at the bivouac in Bamako late on Wednesday evening. The Race-Truck shadowing privateer Stéphane Henrard also transported the tyres for the Volkswagen works team.
On the way to Dakar :
Jutta Kleinschmidt and Fabrizia Pons are already on their way to Dakar. The female duo, who retired with damaged suspension on the eleventh stage after colliding with a tree stump, had a Service-Team make a makeshift repair to the Race Touareg 2. On 11 January the German-Italian team drove to Kayes where they spent a night before heading directly to Dakar. They both stay in Dakar and will welcome the team in the Senegalese capital on Saturday.
Debut in Race Touareg :
Stéphane Henrard is twelfth after the twelfth stage on his debut with the privately entered Volkswagen Race Touareg. “I'm impressed by the Race Touareg”, stated the Belgian, overall victor of the 2005 Pharaons Rally with Volkswagen TDI technology. “The Touareg's engine is simply fantastic; it has power when you need it. If you see which strong teams are in front of us, we can be extremely pleased with our position.”
Henrard has already helped the Volkswagen works drivers on two occasions: He gave Bruno Saby a few litres of diesel after a leak in the fuel supply line and towed his car away. When the Spaniard Carlos Sainz stopped with an overheating engine immediately after the ninth stage, he towed his Race Touareg along the liaison stage to the team's overnight halt.
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