Wolfsburg (17 September 2010). A distinguished visitor at the bivouac: the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, paid a brief visit to the Volkswagen “Dakar” team at the Silk Way Rally. The politician from St. Petersburg obtained first-hand information of the fielding of the four Volkswagen Race Touareg vehicles at the bivouac of the seventh leg in Maykop. Putin had the “Dakar” drivers of the factory squad from Wolfsburg, Carlos Sainz, Giniel de Villiers, Nasser Al-Attiyah and Mark Miller, explain the technology of the cross-country rally cars and the logistics operations behind the commitment to him.
Volkswagen is leading the Silk Way Rally one day before the finish in Sochi, the venue of the 2014 Winter Olympics, with three vehicles. Prior to the final 16-kilometre special stage on Saturday Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz (E/E) are running in front of their team colleagues Nasser Al-Attiyah/Timo Gottschalk (Q/D) and Mark Miller/Ralph Pitchford (USA/ZA).
“It makes us proud to receive such a distinguished visit by Vladimir Putin at the Silk Way Rally. It shows that the prestige of this sport is enormous in Russia,” said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen. “Needless to say his interest in our Volkswagen “Dakar” programme is a great honour for us.”
The Silk Way Rally on TV
Saturday, 18 September 2010
00.00–00.15, Eurosport, Silk Way Rally, summary, leg 7
08.30–08.45, Eurosport, Silk Way Rally, summary, leg 7 (rerun)
23.00–23.15, Eurosport, Silk Way Rally, summary, leg 8
Monday, 20 September 2010
01.00–01.15 , Eurosport, Silk Way Rally, summary, leg 8 (rerun)
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