Volkswagen and Giniel de Villiers made history today, taking victory of the Dakar Rally, the first for a Diesel car. de Villiers also took the stage victory.
Team mate, Mark Miller made it a 1-2, with NASCAR star, Robbie Gordon taking a well deserved 3rd, over four hours ahead of Ivar Erik Tollesfen in a Nissan Navara (Frontier).
Red Bull, sponsors of the Volkswagen team, were also winners in the Bike and Truck categories. Mark Coma on a KTM, in the bike section and Firdaus Kabirov, driving a Kamaz, in the trucks.
Overall results: Pos Driver Car Time 1. Giniel de Villiers Volkswagen 48h10:57 2. Mark Miller Volkswagen + 8:59 3. Robby Gordon Hummer + 1h46:15 4. Ivar Erik Tollefsen Nissan + 6h04:34 5. Krzysztof Holowczyc Nissan + 6h37:49 6. Dieter Depping Volkswagen + 8h43:29 7. Miroslav Zapletal Mitsubishi +11h03:08 8. Leonid Novitskiy BMW +13h15:13 9. Guerlain Chicherit BMW +14h49:4910. Joan Roma Mitsubishi +17h27:46