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My all time favourite rally driver


He won again today after a small hiccup yesterday


Those VW look to be the ones to beat this year

Pos Driver Make Time
1. Carlos Sainz (Spain) Volkswagen 3:52:48
2. Thierry Magnaldi (France) Schlesser-Ford 3:54:48
3. Luc Alphand (France) Mitsubishi 3:55:58
4. Giniel de Villiers (South Africa) Volkswagen 3:56:04
5. Bruno Saby (France) Volkswagen 3:57:41
6. Jutta Kleinschmidt (Germany) Volkswagen 3:57:56
7. Nasser Al-Attiyah (Qatar) BMW 3:58:19
8. Jean-Louis Schlesser (France) Schlesser-Ford 3:58:20
9. Josep-Maria Servia (Spain) Schlesser-Ford 3:59:17
10. Mark Miller (United States) Volkswagen 4:00:29

Overall standings after stage 4:

Pos Driver Make Time
1. Carlos Sainz (Spain) Volkswagen 9:21:18
2. Bruno Saby (France) Volkswagen 9:26:09
3. Jutta Kleinschmidt (Germany) Volkswagen 9:26:27
4. Luc Alphand (France) Mitsubishi 9:27:57
5. Giniel de Villiers (South Africa) Volkswagen 9:28:11
6. Jean-Louis Schlesser (France) Schlesser-Ford 9:30:20
7. Nasser Al-Attiyah (Qatar) BMW 9:30:23
8. Mark Miller (United States) Volkswagen 9:31:21
9. Nani Roma (Spain) Mitsubishi 9:31:42
10. Thierry Magnaldi (France) Schlesser-Ford 9:34:42
 

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It's also nice to see the Schlesser Team doing well, but I fear as the rally goes on they will fall back. There only a small team going against the big manufacturers, and get feck all out of Ford. It's only his genius that can compete on such a level. Maybe some day it could be one of us???? lol.

John
 

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VW one two after stage 5.

In an increasingly tense fight for the Dakar Rally lead Volkswagen keeps the upper hand: Debutant Carlos Sainz still leads the rally after the fifth of fifteen legs, during which the gap among the lead cars significantly decreased. His team mate Jutta Kleinschmidt in another Race Touareg 2 improved by one place to become the new second placed driver after the 819 kilometre stage, of which 350 kilometres were timed, from Ouarzazate to Tan Tan in Morocco.
 

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Stage 6 standings:

Pos Driver Make Time
1. Thierry Magnaldi (France) Schlesser-Ford 3:22:54
2. Jean-Louis Schlesser (France) Schlesser-Ford 3:25:49
3. Giniel de Villiers (South Africa) Volkswagen 3:26:40
4. Jutta Kleinschmidt (Germany) Volkswagen 3:28:07
5. Luc Alphand (France) Mitsubishi 3:28:56
6. Stephane Peterhansel (France) Mitsubishi 3:29:13
7. Carlos Sainz (Spain) Volkswagen 3:29:23
8. Bruno Saby (France) Volkswagen 3:30:17
9. Guerlain Chicherit (France) BMW 3:32:47
10. Mark Miller (United States) Volkswagen 3:33:59

Overall standings after stage 6:

Pos Driver Make Time
1. Giniel de Villiers (South Africa) Volkswagen 16:33:58
2. Carlos Sainz (Spain) Volkswagen 16:34:20
3. Jutta Kleinschmidt (Germany) Volkswagen 16:34:32
4. Jean-Louis Schlesser (France) Schlesser-Ford 16:35:00
5. Luc Alphand (France) Mitsubishi 16:36:00
6. Bruno Saby (France) Volkswagen 16:37:55
7. Mark Miller (United States) Volkswagen 16:41:12
8. Thierry Magnaldi (France) Schlesser-Ford 16:42:08
9. Stephane Peterhansel (France) Mitsubishi 16:43:35
10. Nani Roma (Spain) Mitsubishi 16:45:24
 

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Excuse the ignorance but, what engine are they using in those Touregs?
 

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Is there a limit on BHP or CC for the Dakar?

Would that be the reason for not using the V10TDI or the W8?

Not that 275bhp & 500nm of torque is too bad from an 2.5litre TDI!
 

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Bad news for VW today


Pos Driver Make Time
1. Stephane Peterhansel (France) Mitsubishi 5:52.18
2. Luc Alphand (France) Mitsubishi 5:56.41
3. Jutta Kleinschmidt (Germany) Volkswagen 6:04.07
4. Giniel de Villiers (South Africa) Volkswagen 6:08.47
5. Nasser Al Attiyah (Qatar) BMW 6:25.30
6. Carlos Sainz (Spain) Volkswagen 6:27.02
7. Nani Roma (Spain) Mitsubishi 6:33.01
8. Jean-Louis Schlesser (France) Schlesser-Ford 7:06.42
9. Thierry Magnaldi (France) Schlesser-Ford 7:34:17
10. Guerlain Chicherit (France) BMW 7:37:11

Overall standings after stage 7:

Pos Driver Make Time
1. Luc Alphand (France) Mitsubishi 22:32.41
2. Stephane Peterhansel (France) Mitsubishi 22:35.53
3. Jutta Kleinschmidt (Germany) Volkswagen 22:38.39
4. Giniel de Villiers (South Africa) Volkswagen 22:42.45
5. Carlos Sainz (Spain) Volkswagen 23:01.22
6. Nani Roma (Spain) Mitsubishi 23:18.25
7. Jean-Louis Schlesser (France) Schlesser-Ford 23:41.42
8. Thierry Magnaldi (France) Schlesser-Ford 24:16:25
9. Guerlain Chicherit (France) BMW 25:18:19
10. Carlos Sousa (Portugal) Nissan 25:18:19
 

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Peterhansel taking control now, Sainz well down, but 4 VWs in top ten, Australian bike rider Andy Caldecott was killed yesterday RIP
 

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some great pics here
 

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QUOTE (Dave Red @ Jan 10 2006, 10:37 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Peterhansel taking control now, Sainz well down, but 4 VWs in top ten, Australian bike rider Andy Caldecott was killed yesterday RIP

RIP.

Class pics, there's a few nice pics of Richard Burns on there too.
 

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From Autosport

Dakar: Sainz takes fourth stage win


Spanish driver Carlos Sainz has taken the fourth stage win of his maiden Dakar rally as reigning champion Stephane Peterhansel edged closer to his ninth overall victory.

Volkswagen driver Sainz, already out of contention after losing nearly eight hours during the eighth stage, won the day's 283 km special between Kiffa in Mauritania and Kayes in Mali.

Sainz, 12th overall, finished over four minutes ahead of compatriot Nani Roma, the fastest of the Mitsubishi drivers in today's special.

Peterhansel finished third almost five minutes behind, but the Frenchman has increased his lead in the standings after teammate Luc Alphand hit trouble.

Alphand, second overall, finished over 35 minutes behind Sainz after hitting a tree and stopping to repair a front wheel. The French driver is now 40 minutes adrift of Peterhansel with five days of the rally remaining.

Thierry Magnaldi, sixth overall before today's stage in his Schlesser buggy, was also hit by trouble, the Frenchman suffering problems on a rear hub and losing a lot of time to the leaders.

American Mark Miller and former champion Jutta Kleinschmidt finished fourth and fifth in today's special. Giniel de Villiers, eighth today, is still the highest ranked Volkswagen driver in third place, ahead of Roma and Kleinschmidt.
 

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QUOTE (kvw @ Jan 10 2006, 04:41 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>saw those pics of Richard Burns and one of Michael Park too, sad when you think of it again

The same as when you think of Bertie and Mark Fisher...
 

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Final results:

Pos Driver Make Time
1. Luc Alphand (France) Mitsubishi 53:47:32
2. Giniel de Villiers (South Africa) Volkswagen 54:05:25
3. Nani Roma (Spain) Mitsubishi 55:38:10
4. Stephane Peterhansel (France) Mitsubishi 57:07:56
5. Mark Miller (United States) Volkswagen 57:10:57
6. Jean-Louis Schlesser (France) Schlesser-Ford 57:56:55
7. Carlos Sousa (Portugal) Nissan 59:27:43
8. Bruno Saby (France) Volkswagen 62:02:17
9. Guerlain Chicherit (France) BMW 62:12:45
10. Thierry Magnaldi (France) Schlesser-Ford 62:13:29
11. Carlos Sainz (Spain) Volkswagen 63:51:18
12. Philippe Gache (France) Buggy 67:27:32
13. Jean-Francois Guinot (France) Volkswagen 69:16:54
14. Salvador Servia Costa (Spain) BMW 70:03:32
15. Alfie Cox (South Africa) BMW 72:42:38
16. Erik Ivar Tollefsen (Norway) Bowler 73:36:58
17. Jean-Jacques Ratet (France) Toyota 73:37:44
18. Bob ten Harkel (Netherlands) Bowler 74:06:21
19. Lang Xu (China) Nissan 76:10:36
20. Christian Lavieille (France) Nissan 77:07:20
 
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