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VW signs Giniel for Dakar

2005-04-29 13:56

They will be the third driver/co-driver duo alongside Jutta Kleinschmidt and Fabrizia Pons and Bruno Saby and Michel Périn.

"We are delighted to have secured the services of such a quick and experienced driver as Giniel de Villiers and with Tina Thörner an equally skilful co-driver for our team," explains Kris Nissen, Volkswagen motorsport director.

"Giniel was always in the leading pack during his three 'Dakar' competitions, and Tina has a great deal of experience and vast knowledge of navigating through the desert.

"The pair really is a strong addition and will help to bring our team an important step further."

Giniel de Villiers and Tina Thörner acquainted themselves with the Volkswagen Race-Touareg in tests held this week, where they supported team mate Bruno Saby during engine tests.

"I felt immediately at home in the Race-Touareg and also in the team", comments de Villiers.

"I got really hooked and can't wait to drive the Race-Touareg more often during the forthcoming months."

Nissen has already scheduled his new signings to assist in the next tests: "In Morocco, Giniel and Tina will be make endurance runs, so called long-runs up to and over 700 kilometres per day.

"We will integrate the two of them completely into our team from the very first day. In this way they will have the chance to gather a huge amount of experience with the Race-Touareg over a very short space of time."

Giniel de Villiers was driving for Nissan between 1994 and the beginning of 2005 and competed regularly in circuit and rally events for the Japanese marque.

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