Eleventh Dakar win for BFGoodrich
Sunday, 2 January 2011
Tyre brand BFGoodrich this week claimed its 11th
Dakar win in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The firm's partner Volkswagen
secured a hat-trick on this year's event thanks to Qatar's Nasser
Al-Attiyah (1st), the 2009 winner Giniel de Villiers
(2nd) and last year's victor Carlos Sainz
(3rd). BFGoodrich-shod runners dominated the top 15
places overall and also took the top prize in the event's T2 and
two-wheel drive classes.
The itinerary of the 33rd Dakar took competitors
across the vast plains of Argentina, along the rocky trails of the
Andes Mountains and over the dunes of the Atacama - the world's
most arid desert - in northern Chile. But BFGoodrich's All-Terrain
and All-Terrain+ tyres took the gruelling, varied conditions in
their stride to collect their third win on the trot.
Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah and his co-driver Timo Gottschalk
completed the marathon of more than 9,000 kilometres - half of
which were against the clock - to notch up their maiden Dakar
success at the wheel of their Race Touareg 3 equipped with
BFGoodrich All-Terrain+ tyres. The rally tipped in the VW pair's
favour when team-mate and early leader Carlos Sainz got stuck in
sand and lost ground at the beginning of the second week.
Nasser Al-Attiyah picked up just one puncture over the
fortnight, an achievement which speaks volumes for the ability of
BFGoodrich's products to shrug off the relentless punishment thrown
at them by the event's harsh and varied terrain. And not only were
the BFGoodrich tyres strong and versatile, but they were also
extremely competitive, since they won every one of the 2011 Dakar's
13 competitive sections with two different partners: Volkswagen and
In addition to filling the top 15 places overall in the final
standings, BFGoodrich runners came out on top in the T2 Production
and two-wheel drive classes, too, with Toyota and Buggy SMG
Once again, three-quarters of the starters contested the event
on BFGoodrich rubber which succeeded in claiming the world's most
uncompromising cross-country rally for the 11th time.
Today's result extends the current winning streak of the brand
which has now gone unbeaten on the Dakar since 2002.
Speaking after the event, Nasser Al-Attiyah said: "The 2011
DAKAR turned out to be an exceptionally difficult event and we had
a close fight on our hands practically all the way to the finish.
The stages themselves were very hard, too, so I decided to drive
cautiously initially in order to spare my Race Touareg and my
BFGoodrich tyres over the rough early tests. I started to push
harder when we reached the Atacama dunes which is where I feel the
most comfortable. The versatility of our BFGoodrich All-Terrain+
tyres meant they were able to take the stony rios and towering
dunes in their stride, despite the contrasting challenges they