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 Cruz win the 2010 Silk Way

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

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

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

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

Putin expressed afterwards.

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

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

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

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

The incident Giniel de Villiers and co-driver von Zitzewitz showed how difficult the dress rehearsal was. The African-German duo opened the course on the day of the rally when it hit a transverse rut at a spot and rolled over. to the high-level safety equipment of the Touareg the driver and the co-driver no injuries but had to retire from the due to a damaged cooling system.

Kris Nissen (Volkswagen Director)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

final results

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

Pos. Team, Leg 08, Total time

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

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