Gordon Reclaims Dakar Lead

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Volkswagen works driver Robby Gordon celebrated his second stage victory of the Dakar Rally on the third special stage in Morocco on Monday.

As a result, Gordon retook the overall lead of the world's toughest desert rally in the Race-Touareg one day after his 36th birthday. The US-American ‘Dakar' novice had already led the rally during the first two stages on 31st December and 1st January.

"The stage was magic," said Gordon. "We overtook Giniel de Villiers almost immediately after the stage had started and were able to drive our pace. I'm interested to see how the next stage looks."

His team colleagues completed Volkswagen's excellent result, with all four cars finishing in the day's top six: With his third quickest stage time, Bruno Saby improved two positions to third overall. Also, Jutta Kleinschmidt climbed four places up the leader board with the day's fifth fastest time. Juha Kankkunen managed the biggest jump up the field: The Finn leaped to seventh overall from 13th in the Dakar Rally after setting the sixth best time on Monday.

Since the Race-Touareg debut one year ago, Volkswagen has collected a total of nine stage victories in five competitive outings with the diesel four-wheel drive prototype.

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