Volkswagen has claimed overall victory in the 2011 Dakar Rally

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 21, 2011

For three straight years now at the 33-year-old Dakar Rally, Volkswagen has claimed overall victory. With this win, the carmaker proves that the 1-2-3 podium lock-out result of last year is not a fluke and only proves the prowess of the Race Touareg 3 further.

Completing the final stage with the second quickest time and an overall winning margin of 49m 41s were Nasser Al-Attiyah from Qatar and his German co-driver Timo Gottschalk.

Al-Attiyah is actually the first Arab in the history of the Dakar’s Rally to be presented with the trophy. This back-to-back triumph means that Volkswagen is still unbeaten since the famous event transferred to South America.

Four diesel-powered Race Touareg 3s entered the race wherein they completed the 9,600 kilometer course through Argentina and Chile, winning 12 out of the 13 stages between them and staying at the top of the timesheets the entire time.

The two previous title holders of the rally, the 2009 winners Giniel de Villers and Dirk von Zitzewitz, claimed second overall. And third place went to last year's winners Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz. Coming in sixth place was the fourth Volkswagen pairing of Mark Miller and Ralph Pitchford.

Carlos Sainz broke the record for the highest number of stage wins on the Dakar, with seven stage victories, including the 13th and final stage of the Rally. This win brings his total to 24, beating the previous record-holder and Volkswagen's closest rival on this year's Dakar, Stéphane Peterhansel.

Topics: vw, dakar

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