Dakar Rally: Al-Attiyah wins second straight stage, Peterhansel retains overall lead
Last Updated: January 9, 2013 9:29am
Nasser Al-Attiyah: Won second successive stage in Dakar Rally
Nasser Al-Attiyah won his second consecutive stage in the Dakar Rally to reduce Stephane Peterhansel's overall lead in the sands of Peru on Tuesday.
The 42-year-old Qatari, who made it four stage wins from four for his Red Bull Buggy team, finished over a minute clear of Peterhansel to cut the Frenchman's advantage to 5 minutes 16 seconds.
Another Frenchman, Guerlain Chicherit, led at the first two check-points but Al-Attiyah, the 2011 champion, edged ahead on the last third to win the stage by 36 seconds from Chicherit, with Peterhansel coming home in third.
However, it was not all good news for the Red Bull team as the 2010 winner Carlos Sainz - who won the first two stages - dropped out of contention with another poor result after suffering more problems with his car.
The Spaniard is now over three hours off the pace while another of the contenders American Robby Gordon also fell way back after overturning his car and losing over two hours.
The motorbike section saw a change of lead as France's Olivier Pain usurped compatriot and four-time winner Cyril Despres at the top of the time-sheets.
Tuesday's honours went to Spanish rider Joan Barreda Bort who claimed his second stage win, beating Pain by 8 minutes 23 seconds, while yet another Frenchman, David Casteu, was third.
Pain now heads Casteu by 2 minutes 24 seconds in the overall standings with defending champion Despres dropping to third.