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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: Good start for Volkswagen´s Sainz and de Villiers.

Volkswagen factory drivers Carlos Sainz/Michel Périn (Spain/France) and Giniel de Villiers/Dirk von Zitzewitz (South Africa/Germany) made a good start to the UAE Desert Challenge in Dubai. At the prologue of the six-day desert rally covering a merely two-kilometre offroad distance not far from the famous Burj Al Arab hotel, both factory teams finished in the top ten in front of a sizable turnout of spectators. On Monday morning, the season finale of the FIA Cross-Country Rally World Cup will continue with the first of five desert legs leading from the sheikhdom of Abu Dhabi across 272 timed kilometres to the bivouac in the Moreeb desert.

Kris Nissen (Volkswagen Motorsport Director): "The prologue offered the many spectators the attractive opportunity of a close-up experience of the Race Touareg right in the middle of Dubai. For our drivers, this was merely a brief warm-up. Today was not about clinching a stage victory but about securing favourable starting positions. The crucial part of the rally only starts on Monday, and it’s an advantage not having to open the first leg of dunes."

Carlos Sainz (E): "I deliberately didn’t attack so I wouldn’t have to be the first driver starting to the rally on Monday. I rather liked the short opening distance, and the many spectators probably had fun as well. The next five days will be crucial, when we won’t be seeing any solid ground but only soft desert sand."

Giniel de Villiers (RSA):: "The prologue was primarily about not making any mistakes. Now we’ve got a very good starting base. We’re now looking forward to the first long desert leg on which a very quick course is awaiting us."

2007/10/28 | 18:08 CET | Editor: MR/Volkswagen Motorsport/Rita Konya

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