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UAE Desert Challenge 2007 Special-Newssection (FIA Cross Country Worldcup)

This is the single-news section of the special of the UAE Desert Challenge 2007, last round of the FIA Worldcup for Cross Country Rallys. To see all news please use the link under the article or navigate with the left main-navigation.

UAE Desert Challenge: Carlos Sainz advances to third place overall.

With a perfect drive at very high outside temperatures, Volkswagen factory drivers Carlos Sainz and Michel Périn (Spain/France) on the second stage of the UAE Desert Challenge, the season finale of the FIA Cross-Country Rally World Cup with start and finish in Dubai, clinched second place, thus advancing from fifth to third place overall.

Their teammates Giniel de Villiers/Dirk von Zitzewitz (South Africa/Germany) in the second Race Touareg got stuck in the soft and, after two of the rally’s total of five stages, are now ranking fifth overall. On Wednesday, a 277-kilometre loop through the mountainous dunes located a three hours’ drive south of Abu Dhabi is awaiting the contenders.

Kris Nissen (Volkswagen Motorsport Director): "For the drivers and co-drivers, it’s been a long and strenuous day. Carlos Sainz and Michel Périn did a superb job and improved their position in the standings. Both Race Touareg vehicles delivered perfect technical performance. For the upcoming three legs I’m expecting a fierce fight for the podium positions.”

Carlos Sainz (E): "We experienced a good stage with no problems. While some teams got stuck in the sand, we were lucky and finished without any trouble. We concentrated on the treacherous dune crossings because the sand was extremely soft and difficult to judge. We first overtook Giniel and later closed the gap to Stéphane Peterhansel. When he had to stop on account of tyre damage, we managed to pass him.”

Giniel de Villiers (RSA): "In the beginning, we followed Stéphane Peterhansel until we got stuck and lost a lot of time. The special stage was extremely tricky, with sudden, very steep slopes, some of which were not recorded in the roadbook. Later, we had an unexpected, rough landing. A tyre came off the rim in the process and we had to change it.”

Standings after stage 2, Moreeb (UAE) – Moreeb (UAE); 328/382 km stage 2/total

1. Nasser Al-Attiyah/Tina Thörner (QT/S); BMW X3 CC; 4h12m51s (1st); 6h55m49s
2. Luc Alphand/Gilles Picard (F/F); Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution; 4h19m45s (3rd) + 7m20s
3. Carlos Sainz/Michel Périn (E/F); Volkswagen Race Touareg 2; 4h17m40s (2nd) + 9m11s
4. Stéphane Peterhansel/Jean-P. Cottret (F/F); Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution; 4h23m27s (4th) + 11m32s
5. Giniel de Villiers/Dirk von Zitzewitz (RSA/D); Volkswagen Race Touareg 2; 4h31m58s (5th) + 22m22s
6. Guerlain Chicherit/Matthieu Baumel (F/F); BMW X3 CC; 5h31m38s (8th) + 1h25m16s

2007/10/30 | 17:10 CET | Editor: MR/Volkswagen Motorsport/Rita Konya

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