Dakar Rally: Nani Roma wins fifth stage, Stephane Peterhansel tops standings
Stephane Peterhansel extended his lead in the Dakar Rally by finishing second in the fifth stage of the race.
Last Updated: 10/01/13 10:21pm
The French driver, the defending champion who is chasing his 11th title, came home one minute 23 seconds behind Mini team-mate Nani Roma of Spain.
However, Peterhansel now finds himself 9min 54sec clear in the overall standings after nearest rival Nasser al-Attiyah of Qatar ended up in seventh on the stage after getting lost on the testing desert track.
"It was tough and essential to find the right course," said Peterhansel.
"Mind you, I had a good hare to follow with Nasser up ahead, who was making good tracks. All in all, it was a very pleasant special to drive, but sometimes it was quite rocky, so we were on the defensive."
Roma's sixth career stage win pushed him up to sixth place overall, though he is still more than 37 minutes behind Peterhansel.
NASCAR driver Robby Gordon was third on the stage in his Hummer with South Africa's Giniel De Villiers, in a Toyota, in fourth.
In the motorbikes section, France's David Casteu, on a Yamaha, took the honours in one hour 39.42min.
Overall leader Olivier Pain was 1min 09sec behind his compatriot to stay on top of the standings with a 1min 15sec lead over Wednesday's winner.
"The stage I won in 2010 seems a long time ago. I've always said to myself that winning a special stage is fabulous," said Casteu.
Thursday's sixth stage is a 313km timed run from Arica to Calama.