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Dakar 2009: Volkswagen extends its lead on the fourth leg.

Volkswagen clinched a thrilling duel on the fourth leg of the Dakar Rally to win its second stage victory. On today’s route from Jacobacci to Neuquén in western Argentina, Carlos Sainz/Michel Périn (E/F) in a Race Touareg fought it out with Nasser Al-Attiyah/Tina Thörner (Q/S) until the Volkswagen duo gained the upper hand with a lead of six seconds. Sainz now leads the famous desert classic for the third consecutive day and has increased his lead on the BMW X-raid driver to 3.46 minutes.

In their battle for the front position, Sainz and Al-Attiyah put more than two minutes between themselves and the third best team, which goes to show how intense the competition on today´s 488-kilometre leg was. Giniel de Villiers/Dirk von Zitzewitz (ZA/D) came in sixth today in their Volkswagen Race Touareg, defending their third place overall. Mark Miller/Ralph Pitchford (USA/ZA) achieved the fourth best time of the day on today´s special stage, which went from an altitude of over 1,300 metres to just 300 metres above sea level. This means there are still three Volkswagen drivers in the top six in the overall rankings. Dieter Depping/Timo Gottschalk (D/D) in the fourth Race Touareg came in eleventh, 12.49 minutes behind Sainz/Périn.

2009/01/06 | 19:52 CET | Editor: MR/HS/U.Baldes

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