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VW 1-2 in Dakar Rally

First Dakar Rally in South America
Saturday, January 17, 2009

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Giniel de Villiers
South African Giniel de Villiers clinched a first Dakar Rally victory for the Volkswagen team after winning Saturday's final time stage.

De Villiers and navigator Dirk von Zitzewitz of Germany in a Race Touareg finished 8 minutes 59 seconds ahead of fellow Volkswagen driver Mark Miller of the United States.

It was the first diesel-powered win in the event which was switched this year to Argentina and Chile after last year's edition in Africa was called off amid security concerns.

De Villiers completed the 227-kilometer (141-mile) timed section of the 14th stage in one hour 35 minutes 43 seconds, finishing ahead of Russian Leonid Nowitskiy (BMW) and Krisztof Holowczyc (Nissan) of Poland.

Third place overall went to Robby Gordon of the United States in a Hummer.

It was a first Dakar win for 2006 runner-up De Villiers.

"It's just incredible. I never felt this way... I was so nervous in the last kilometers," he said. "I kept looking at how many kilometers we still had to go. But I must say this is an incredible feeling. I am so thrilled for the whole team, for Volkswagen that supported us for five years before we could get to this victory."

The standings were to be confirmed after completion of the untimed liaison stretch of the 791-kilometre stage from Cordoba to Buenos Aires. The 15th and last stage on Sunday is a ceremonial drive across the finishing line in Buenos Aires.

This year's rally has been dominated by the Volkswagen team who probably would have had a clean sweep of the podium places but for the exit of Carlos Sainz while in the lead on Thursday.

The twice world rally champion from Spain had led for most of the rally, only to drive into a ravine. Sainz escaped unhurt and could have continued but navigator Michel Perin sustained a shoulder fracture.

Sainz had been in a tussle in the first week with Qatari Nassar Al-Attiyah of the X-Raid team in a BMW who was disqualified for missing checkpoints while leading overall following the sixth stage.

Although a first Dakar win at the sixth attempt for the Volkswagen team, the 1980 Paris-Dakar rally was won by private competitors Freddy Kottulinsky and Gerd Loeffelmann in a VW Iltis prepared by Audi.

Pos.

Drivers

Make Time Variation Penalty
1 DE VILLIERS (ZAF)
VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU)
VOLKSWAGEN 48:10:57 00:00:00
2 MILLER (USA)
PITCHFORD (ZAF)
VOLKSWAGEN 48:19:56 00:08:59
3 GORDON (USA)
GRIDER (USA)
HUMMER 49:57:12 01:46:15
4 TOLLEFSEN (NOR)
EVANS (GBR)
NISSAN 54:15:31 06:04:34
5 HOLOWCZYC (POL)
FORTIN (BEL)
NISSAN 54:48:46 06:37:49
6 DEPPING (DEU)
GOTTSCHALK (DEU)
VOLKSWAGEN 56:54:26 08:43:29
7 ZAPLETAL (CZE)
OUREDNICEK (CZE)
MITSUBISHI 59:14:05 11:03:08
8 NOVITSKIY (RUS)
TYUPENKIN (RUS)
BMW 61:26:10 13:15:13
9 CHICHERIT (FRA)
BAUMEL (FRA)
BMW 63:00:46 14:49:49 02:00:00
10 ROMA (ESP)
CRUZ SENRA (ESP)
MITSUBISHI 65:38:43 17:27:46
11 GARLAND (AUS)
SUZUKI (AUS)
ISUZU 66:43:03 18:32:06 03:00
12 SIREYJOL (FRA)
VIDAL (FRA)
BOWLER 66:49:48 18:38:51
13 VIGOUROUX (FRA)
WINOCQ (FRA)
HUMMER 66:56:34 18:45:37 06:00
14 GIBON (FRA)
MIURA (JPN)
TOYOTA 69:09:31 20:58:34
15 KAHLE (DEU)
SCHUENEMANN (DEU)
HONDA 69:49:52 21:38:55
16 FOJ (ESP)
PUJOLAR (ESP)
TOYOTA 70:23:40 22:12:43
17 PATISSIER (FRA)
DELLI - ZOTTI (FRA)
BUGGY 72:56:05 24:45:08
18 KUIPERS (NLD)
PALMEIRO (PRT)
BMW 73:00:16 24:49:19
19 CHABOT (FRA)
PILLOT (FRA)
TOYOTA 73:09:45 24:58:48
20 MAGNALDI (FRA)
LENEVEU (FRA)
BUGGY 75:25:24 27:14:27 06:00
21 PALIK (HUN)
DARAZSI (HUN)
NISSAN 75:33:16 27:22:19
22 SZALAY (HUN)
BUNKOCZI (HUN)
OPEL 77:32:24 29:21:27 04:00:00
23 DE AZEVEDO (BRA)
HADDAD (BRA)
MITSUBISHI 78:19:45 30:08:48 06:00:00
24 AZIS (LVA)
PRINCIS (LVA)
OSC 78:26:35 30:15:38
25 MARZOTTO (ITA)
ALBIERO (ITA)
NISSAN 82:18:29 34:07:32
26 PETRAITIS (LTU)
JUKNEVICIUS (LTU)
OSC 82:55:42 34:44:45 01:15:00
27 VAN DEIJNE (NLD)
ROSEGAAR (NLD)
MITSUBISHI 83:27:46 35:16:49
28 THOMASSE (FRA)
LARROQUE (FRA)
BUGGY 83:40:19 35:29:22 04:00:00
29 ERRANDONEA (FRA)
GARCIN (FRA)
BUGGY 84:41:22 36:30:25
30 PELICHET (FRA)
DECRE (CHE)
BOWLER 84:42:26 36:31:29
31 MITSUHASHI (JPN)
CATTARELLI (FRA)
TOYOTA 84:58:36 36:47:39
32 FAVRE (FRA)
FAVRE (FRA)
TOYOTA 87:20:54 39:09:57 02:28:00
33 DUBUY (FRA)
GODEFROY DE FRANCE (FRA)
NISSAN 87:26:14 39:15:17 16:00
34 HARDY (FRA)
BECART (FRA)
MITSUBISHI 87:33:15 39:22:18
35 FIDEL MEDERO (ESP)
VENTAJA (ESP)
TOYOTA 89:49:25 41:38:28
36 GARROFE (ESP)
GARCIA (ESP)
BOWLER 92:08:36 43:57:39
37 KUZNETSOV (RUS)
NESHIN (RUS)
MITSUBISHI 94:17:10 46:06:13 04:44:00
38 VAN EIKEREN (NLD)
HERWEIJER (NLD)
TOYOTA 94:39:05 46:28:08
39 DE GROOT (NLD)
ULJEE (NLD)
MC RAE 96:18:46 48:07:49 02:15:00
40 LEYDS (NLD)
MC RAE (GBR)
MC RAE 98:32:31 50:21:34 06:00:00
41 MACHADO (PRT)
FLAMENT (FRA)
TOYOTA 99:04:46 50:53:49
42 VOLIKOV (RUS)
KUZMICH (RUS)
TOYOTA 103:21:22 55:10:25
43 SOLOVIEV (RUS)
ZHILTSOV (RUS)
BUGGY 103:40:25 55:29:28 02:00:00
44 WALLENTHEIM (SWE)
OHLSSON (SWE)
ISUZU 104:05:37 55:54:40 04:00:00
45 VAN DER BEEK (NLD)
HOOGENDYK (NLD)
KIA 106:23:14 58:12:17 02:30:00
46 DUBRISAY (FRA)
GIBON (FRA)
BOWLER 106:42:31 58:31:34 01:47:00
47 BOUTRON (FRA)
MARTIN (FRA)
BOWLER 112:17:24 64:06:27
48 BARANENKO (RUS)
SCHURGER (FRA)
TOYOTA 114:08:32 65:57:35 04:00:00
49 BARBIER (FRA)
RICHAUD (FRA)
MITSUBISHI 114:51:50 66:40:53 08:44:00
50 CHAVIGNY (FRA)
SINGERY (FRA)
NISSAN 117:01:37 68:50:40 04:00:00
51 JANECEK (CZE)
CHYTKA (CZE)
TOYOTA 118:57:11 70:46:14 10:10:00
52 LISZI (HUN)
FENESI (HUN)
MITSUBISHI 119:38:49 71:27:52 04:00:00
53 TEN HARKEL (NLD)
RIJPMA (NLD)
BOWLER 119:38:59 71:28:02 06:00:00
54 CREPET (FRA)
BOUCHE (FRA)
NISSAN 120:04:10 71:53:13 05:00:00
55 GAROSCI (ITA)
TORNABELL CORDOBA (ESP)
MITSUBISHI 124:28:11 76:17:14 04:49:00
56 VOORHORST (NLD)
VAN BERGEN HENEGOUW (NLD)
RALLY RAID UK 124:34:45 76:23:48 07:00:00
57 BROUWER (NLD)
LEKKERKERKER (NLD)
HONDA 125:05:09 76:54:12 04:00:00
58 DIERS (FRA)
BEGUIN (BEL)
TOYOTA 125:11:43 77:00:46 04:10:00
59 RAUD (FRA)
LEFEBVRE (FRA)
TOYOTA 125:15:14 77:04:17
60 RODRIGUEZ SIMON (ESP)
CODINA (ESP)
NISSAN 128:15:54 80:04:57 08:24:00
61 ROUND (SVK)
METCALF (GBR)
RALLY RAID UK 133:18:43 85:07:46 09:15:00
62 GIRARD (FRA)
SIMONIN (FRA)
TOYOTA 139:55:32 91:44:35 10:00:00
63 PESCHIERA (ITA)
RODRIGUEZ (CHL)
TOYOTA 141:57:30 93:46:33 06:00:00
64 NINGJUN (CHN)
HENNINOT (FRA)
BUGGY 143:03:13 94:52:16 18:00:00
65 PICHINI (BRA)
ROLDAN (BRA)
MITSUBISHI 143:27:20 95:16:23 07:11:00
66 INOCENCIO (PRT)
SANTOS (PRT)
MITSUBISHI 143:55:42 95:44:45 14:00:00
67 GOSSELIN (FRA)
BONON (FRA)
NISSAN 146:23:33 98:12:36 13:00:00
68 NEES (BEL)
GHERARDYN (BEL)
TOYOTA 154:42:59 106:32:02 15:27:00
69 ZIEGLER (USA)
OAKLEY (GBR)
TOYOTA 165:46:26 117:35:29 10:00:00
70 CORONEL (NLD)
CORONEL (NLD)
BOWLER 295:18:26 247:07:29 200:00:00
71 TIJSTERMAN (NLD)
JACOBS (NLD)
DESERT WARRIOR 295:46:39 247:35:42 200:00:00
72 BERNAT-SALLES (FRA)
LAFEUILLADE (FRA)
BOWLER 302:56:32 254:45:35 200:10:00
73 PORNSIRICHERD (THA)
LACAMBRE (FRA)
MITSUBISHI 305:34:48 257:23:51 200:14:00
74 COX (ZAF)
SCHRODER (DEU)
BUGGY 306:45:12 258:34:15 204:18:00
75 LEAL DOS SANTOS (PRT)
PIRES DE LIMA (PRT)
BMW 307:15:02 259:04:05 204:00:00
76 SCHOTT (DEU)
SCHMIDT (DEU)
MITSUBISHI 322:35:08 274:24:11 204:26:00
77 PITA (PRT)
GONCALVES (PRT)
TOYOTA 326:50:41 278:39:44 204:00:00
78 BERKUT (RUS)
NIKOLAEV (RUS)
MITSUBISHI 327:08:18 278:57:21 204:00:00
79 CAMPOS PEREIRA (PRT)
TEIXEIRA MARQUES (PRT)
TOYOTA 327:19:42 279:08:45 208:00:00
80 BESSON (FRA)
KORNSTEIN (FRA)
MERCEDES 331:42:53 283:31:56 204:00:00
81 ESTEVE PUJOL (ESP)
AUGE MEDINA (ESP)
SSANGYONG 332:26:36 284:15:39 202:41:00
82 JUCHAULT (FRA)
ROLET (FRA)
TOYOTA 332:46:54 284:35:57 204:00:00
83 MATTIJS (BEL)
DE WITTE (BEL)
RALLY RAID UK 336:55:58 288:45:01 206:15:00
84 SAUKANS (LVA)
ZARINS (LVA)
OSC 337:11:54 289:00:57 208:00:00
85 MIGRAINE- BOURGNON (FRA)
JOYEUX (FRA)
TOYOTA 339:37:54 291:26:57 214:00:00
86 LARAIGNOU (FRA)
GALLO (FRA)
MITSUBISHI 341:42:21 293:31:24 211:05:00
87 RIVIERE (FRA)
DE CHARRY (FRA)
NISSAN 344:58:34 296:47:37 213:00:00
88 SALAZAR (CHL)
GARCIA (ARG)
MC RAE 350:09:20 301:58:23 208:15:00
89 EGUIGUREN (CHL)
LEON (CHL)
TOYOTA 355:11:51 307:00:54 210:17:00
90 SALINERO (ESP) NISSAN 375:39:41 327:28:44 221:18:00

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