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Transiberico: Volkswagen hold second and fourth position.




"We are pleased about the fastest time on the fourth stage. Unfortunately we had to drive more cautiously during the first run because of a brake problem" said the South African Volkswagen-driver Giniel de Villiers after the 3rd leg.

Giniel de Villiers and his Co Dirk von Zitzewitz go into the final leg of the Rally Transibérico only 25 seconds behind current leader Nani Roma (Mitsubishi). The South African-German duo set the fastest time in the Volkswagen Race Touareg 2 along the 155 kilometre fourth stage on the third day. Giniel de Villiers led the third stage, but unfortunately lost time due to a braking problem.

His team mate Matthias Kahle damaged the front-right suspension on the third stage after hitting a stone and lost more than 20 minutes during the repair. Kahle nevertheless still holds fourth position before the three 112-kilometre long stages on the final leg. "We hit a boulder hidden in the grass, and as a result we initially stopped to change a tyre. Two kilometres further down the road we stopped for about 20 minutes because the steering track rod was also damaged" said the German Kahle.

"A day of highs and lows; Giniel de Villiers was leading when the rear-right brake pipe was damaged by a small stone" said Volkswagen´s Motorsport-Director Kris Nissen. "The rear brake circuit lost pressure, the brake pedal became soft and the front brakes were stressed even more than usual. Without the small defect he would have won the stage and taken the lead. Matthias Kahle was running at a fast pace but rather unluckily hit a stone. We changed the set up before the stage. Both drivers preferred the better balance and the higher grip level under braking and acceleration. I’m extremely satisfied with both drivers: Giniel put in an excellent performance, Matthias was much quicker than yesterday."

2006/05/15 I 11:35 CET I Editor: marathonrally.com/vw






















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