|Dakar 2010: Al Attiyah - we found a good pace in Stage 2.|
Nasser Al-Attiyah (Q): "At the beginning - like yesterday - I was cautious. But when the muddy and slippery part was over we attacked a little more. I think we found a good pace without taking too much of a risk. Actually it felt as though we hadn´t been driving all that fast. But the stage victory shows that we did everything right."
Giniel de Villiers (ZA): "It was a strenuous and long day that, due to overnight rainfalls, started with muddy ground, partial fog and poor visibility and kept us busy with many slippery places. On a hilltop I caught a stone alongside the track which gave us a slow puncture. We lost a little bit of time until we found a place to change the tyre. But the rally will only really get started tomorrow with the first dune stage."
Carlos Sainz (E): "Today was anything but easy. As early as after two kilometres we overtook Nani Roma in the X-raid-BMW who had gotten off the track. That´s why we had the honour of opening the route, which was really tricky: in the mud and fog of the first part we acted cautiously the twisty section on gravel was physically strenuous. We´re still in a good position for the days ahead."
Mark Miller (USA): "Today really put us to the test in the cockpit for four solid hours and took quite a toll on us. We´re very pleased with the result. Our goal for this stage was to stay within a striking distance and we managed doing that. Now, we´re looking forward to the first real dune stage. The last kilometres in the dunes were a few months ago, so we´re really hot to tackle them."
Maurício Neves (BR): "Fantastic. I really like this type of stage. It was very demanding technically, many bends alternated with downhill and uphill sections. We didn´t have a single problem, did a good job of calculating the risk and thus avoided punctures. In addition, my co-driver Clécio Maestrelli did an outstanding job. We´re more than pleased. We´re overjoyed with having clinched third place today."
2010/01/04 | 15:23 CET | Editor: MR/HS/S.Moser