Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Dakar - Cars: Al-Attiyah takes overall lead!!!

Nasser Al-Attiyah (Volkswagen) won the eight stage of the Dakar Rally to take the overall lead from team-mate Carlos Sainz!!!

The Qatari went into the stage from Copiapo to Antofagasta just 1:22 behind the Spaniard but now leads by a chunky 5:14 after taking full advantage of Sainz getting stuck in a sand dune during the final leg of the stage.

Once again the top two were way ahead of the field with 2009 champion Giniel de Villiers finishing third – over 17 minutes back – and the South African is now third in the overall standings 48:27 behind Al-Attiyah.

He moved up one place because it was a nightmare day for Stephane Peterhansel who saw all hope of a tenth Dakar title disappear.

The Frenchman suffered from a puncture and an overheating engine and lost over an hour on Al-Attiyah.

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