Volkswagen's Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz win the 2010 Silk Way Rally at ONEIGHTURBO

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Volkswagen#8217;s Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz win the 2010 Silk Way Rally

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The biggest challenge for Volkswagen at the Silk Way Rally was themselves. The 4th place competitor was over 6 hours back in the end. However, the teams and new Race Touareg 3 were under some heavy race conditions and we even saw Giniel de Villiers flip and retire.

The organizers put together a great course that included wide open straights, letting the 310hp TDI stretch its legs and deep water crossings. This marks the 4th win for the Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz team.

Volkswagen celebrated a one-two-three win at the Silk Way Rally through Russia: on the new Race Touareg 3’s competitive debut Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz (E/E) triumphed in front of their team colleagues Nasser Al-Attiyah/Timo Gottschalk (Q/D) and Mark Miller/Ralph Pitchford (USA/ZA) in predecessor models.

The tough and demanding rally that led from St. Petersburg on the Baltic Sea to the Olympic city of Sochi on the Black Sea served as the team#8217;s preparation for the 2011 Dakar Rally. The penultimate day saw a high-ranking visitor: Vladimir Putin, the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, visited the Volkswagen team, had the squad show him the bivouac and #8220;Dakar” winner Carlos Sainz explain the Volkswagen Race Touareg 3 to him.

Putin expressed enthusiasm afterwards.

The new Race Touareg 3, which is powered by a highly efficient 310-hp TDI diesel engine, marked the next step in Volkswagen#8217;s technical development for the Dakar Rally. Updated aerodynamics with improved air routing on the one hand and evolutions of the chassis and powertrain on the other are aimed at providing the basis for the third consecutive #8220;Dakar” victory.

In Russia the new components were subjected to in-depth testing on the new Race Touareg 3. The eight legs of the Silk Way Rally through the Volga Delta, the Kalmykian desert and the big Caucasus were a test in competitive conditions. On the quick gravel sections with long flat-out passages and stretches with small dunes both the technology and the drivers were taken to the limits. Another important aspect was to train the interaction with the co-drivers for the cross-country classic in January: some of the legs were up to 700 kilometres long.

With their fourth victory in their fourth joint race the 2010 #8220;Dakar” winners, Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz, continued the success story of the Race Touareg. The cross-country rally prototype has clinched a total of 14 overall victories and 42 podium places in 29 rally runs since 2004. 121 out of 225 possible stage wins and 120 leading days complement the successful track record of Volkswagen#8217;s #8220;Dakar” programme.

At the 2010 Silk Way Rally Volkswagen celebrated eight out of eight possible stage wins and was leading the event on all eight days.

The incident involving Giniel de Villiers and co-driver Dirk von Zitzewitz showed how difficult the #8220;Dakar” dress rehearsal was. The South African-German duo opened the course on the fifth day of the rally when it hit a transverse rut at a blind spot and rolled over. Thanks to the high-level safety equipment of the Race Touareg the driver and the co-driver sustained no injuries but had to retire from the event due to a damaged cooling system.

Kris Nissen (Volkswagen Motorsport Director)

#8220;The decision to contest the Silk Way Rally as a Dakar Rally dress rehearsal paid off in every minute. For the new Race Touareg 3 it was the final endurance test for our run in January 2011 and it proved to work perfectly. For the entire squad it was important to internalise the processes and procedures again.

And last but not least it was a big challenge for the drivers and co-drivers and the perfect opportunity to gel with each other. All in all, we can be more than pleased.”

#100 #8211; Carlos Sainz (E), 1st place overall

#8220;The Silk Way Rally was a real acid test for the Dakar Rally and a successful one at that. Our aim was to gain as much experience as possible with the new Race Touareg 3 and its new components. The route with the long special stages with difficult dune passages and hot days was virtually tailor-made for this purpose.

We can take a lot of positive things home from Russia, primarily the knowledge that the Race Touareg 3 is a reliable and quick car. That#8217;s encouraging for the ‘Dakar.#8217;”

#100 #8211; Lucas Cruz (E), co-driver

#8220;The Silk Way Rally was at times tougher for the co-drivers than the Dakar Rally. There were countless branch-offs and directional changes in quick succession. Finding the right way was often a tough job. In addition, the Silk Way Rally gave us the first opportunity to test the stricter rules regarding the way points.

This, too, was a good test for the ‘Dakar#8217;.

#101 #8211; Giniel de Villiers (ZA), retirement

Tentative final results

Standings after leg 08, Maykop (RUS)#8211;Sochi (RUS); 16/375 km SS8/total

Pos. Team, Vehicle, Leg 08, Total time

1 Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz (E/E), Volkswagen Race Touareg 3, 19m 23s (4), 19h 42m 02s

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