First Silk Way Rally stage win for Nasser Al-Attiyah and Timo Gottschalk at ONEIGHTURBO

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First Silk Way Rally stage win for Nasser Al-Attiyah and Timo Gottschalk

The Volkswagen “Dakar” duos decided the sixth leg of the Silk Way Rally through Russia in their favour by clinching another one-two-three exploit.

Nasser Al-Attiyah/Timo Gottschalk (Q/D) celebrated their first stage win at the #8220;Dakar” dress rehearsal. Their team colleagues Mark Miller/Ralph Pitchford (USA/ZA) confirmed their third position overall by setting the second-fastest time. The front runners of the rally, Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz (E/E), defended a major portion of their overall advantage.

All three Volkswagen Race Touareg vehicles contested the 389.05-kilometre special stage featuring varied terrain with just small gaps between them. Navigating differences were the only crucial factor. Two days before the end of the Silk Way Rally Sainz/Cruz are leading overall with an advantage of 12m 48s ahead of Al-Attiyah/Gottschalk.

Miller/Pitchford are following in third place with another 26m 34s-gap.

The route of the Silk Way Rally#8217;s sixth leg led from Astrakhan to the multi-cultural town of Elista in the Russian republic of Kalmykia. On the way to the chess metropolis where the board game is a mandatory subject for school children and which is colloquially called #8220;The Sandy One” steppe sections with tricky navigation and passages with soft, sandy soil were on the agenda.

Kris Nissen (Volkswagen Motorsport Director)

#8220;A perfect day for Volkswagen. Our three Race Touareg crews perfectly tackled a tough day with good teamwork. Congratulations from me to Nasser Al-Attiyah and Timo Gottschalk, who worked as team players and skilfully clinched the stage win as well. All Race Touareg vehicles were again running like clockwork #8211; and with respect to the Dakar Rally that#8217;s the most important piece of information.”

#100 #8211; Carlos Sainz (E), 3rd place leg / 1st place overall

#8220;An interesting day for all Volkswagen duos. After a few kilometres as the first vehicle on the route we didn#8217;t immediately use the right branch-off. This cost us some time and Mark Miller was able to catch up with us.

Nasser Al-Attiyah, as well, had come close to us due to some navigation details, so we largely contested the stage together. Thanks to a good time cushion in the overall standings we can tackle the next two days with confidence, albeit with due caution: in this motorsport discipline you never know what may still be in store.”

#102 #8211; Nasser Al-Attiyah (Q), 1st place leg / 2nd place overall

#8220;Today was like a birthday for me. Everything seemed to be working in my favour this time #8211; and this leg was the gift. It suited me and my co-driver Timo Gottschalk straight from the start. It was important for us to have finally clinched a stage win too. Since we were the third duo to go out on the track we carried some additional spare parts for all three Race Touareg vehicles just in case.

We won#8217;t need to haul this additional weight tomorrow because we#8217;ll be opening the course. I#8217;m looking forward to that. Maybe we#8217;ll be able to make up some more time.”

#104 #8211; Mark Miller (USA), 2nd place leg / 3rd place overall

Results

Standings after leg 06, Astrakhan (RUS)#8211;Elista (RUS); 389/494 km SS 06/total

Pos. Team, Vehicle, Leg 06, Total time

1 Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz (E/E), Volkswagen Race Touareg 3, 3h 47m 28s (3), 16h 32m04s

2 Nasser Al-Attiyah/Timo Gottschalk (Q/D), Volkswagen Race Touareg 2, 3h 44m 35s (1) + 12m 48s

3 Mark Miller/Ralph Pitchford (USA/ZA), Volkswagen Race Touareg 2, 3h 45m 36s (2) + 39m 22s

4 Alexander Mironenko/Sergey Lebedev (RUS/RUS), Nissan Frontier, 4h 38m 51s (7) + 4h 15m 02s

8 Frédéric Chavigny/Jean Brucy (F/F), Nissan Pathfinder, 5h 08m 47s (11) + 6h 01m 01s

9 Bogdan Novitsky/Vitaly Evtekhov (UA/UA), Nissan Pickup, 4h 34m 38s (4) + 6h 55m 30s

10 Benediktas Vanagas/Saulius Jurgelenas (LT/LT), OSC Oscar, 4h 48m 49s (8) + 8h 07m 58s

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