Driving the Dakar: Daily blog part two

Driving the Dakar: Daily blog part two

After Glenn Freeman's opening week adventures, AUTOSPORT's place in the Dakar support VW has been taken over by Peter Mills as the epic rally heads into its even more demanding second half

January 15

The last competitive day of the 2011 Dakar is now behind us, with only the closing podium ceremony in Buenos Aires to come. Over the past two weeks, the VW Amarok in which AUTOSPORT followed the event has registered over 11,000 kilometres. Although achieved in far less gruelling conditions, the distance comfortably exceeds that of the winning race Touaregs.

My overriding memory from a hugely rewarding week has been the incredible support for the rally shown by the people of Chile and Argentina. Our car's race livery has perhaps helped to provoke a reaction from well wishers, but on Saturday I was given a taster of the enthusiasm reserved for the top drivers. Exiting the Barados race track, where the finish of the last special stage was held, our Amarok caught up with the Race Touareg 3s of Carlos Sainz and Mark Miller on the motorway into Buenos Aires.

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