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Headline: Rally dos Sertoes: Sainz ahead of Al-Attiyah in Brazil



4:2 in the team-internal duel for stage wins; the "blue” lead has changed again: The Volkswagen duo Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz Senra (E/E) took the overall lead again on the sixth leg of the Rally dos Sertoes, narrowly relegating their team-mates Nasser Al-Attiyah/Timo Gottschalk (Q/D) in another factory-fielded Race Touareg to position two. After his second stage victory at the cross-country rally through Brazil Sainz is now 5m 08s ahead of Al-Attiyah who finished the stage from Luís Edoardo Magalhães to Barra as the runner-up after a repair stop. After finishing the stage in fourth place the third Volkswagen pairing Maurício Neves/Eduardo Bampi (BR/BR) is ranking ninth overall. The sixth and seventh day of the rally form a combined marathon leg on which no evening service by the mechanics is permitted.

"The sixth leg showed that in sport nothing is predictable – particularly not in cross-country rally racing. The smallest oversight may cost minutes, and perhaps even the whole rally. Nasser Al-Attiyah and Maurício Neves lost a lot of time today because of these imponderables. Like the ‘Dakar’, the ‘Sertões’ is an unrelenting rally which needs to be mastered before anything else. But we’re continuing to head in the right direction to successfully achieve this,” said Kris Nissen, director of Volkswagen Motorsport.

"A really tough and very difficult leg containing very narrow trails on the one hand and quick sections on the other, which made maximum demands on us drivers as well as the material. Tomorrow the second part of the marathon leg will follow without service tonight at the bivouac. That’s why we proceeded with caution today,” said Carlos Sainz.

"That was simply a case of misfortune. Apparently we hit a tree stump that was hidden in the grass stump in such an unfortunate way that we had to change the right rear tie rod. The repair cost us at least 15 minutes as well as the lead. Today you could see that the rally is tough and long. That is also true for the next four days,” said Nasser Al-Attiyah.

"Today we lost some time again. We came to a place where the soil was heavily washed out, which hadn’t been marked in the roadbook. We braked but got stuck with the front end and had to be pulled out by a rival. That cost us quite a bit of time,” said Maurício Neves.


2009/06/30 | 00:55 CET | Editor: MR/Volkswagen/Rita Konya






















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