Spanish driver wins second stage, takes Dakar Rall
BUENOS AIRES: Former world rally champion Carlos Sainz of Spain negotiated blinding dust and a collision with a motorcycle entrant to win the second stage of the Dakar Rally on Sunday for the overall race lead.
Volkswagen driver Sainz beat Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel to claim his 10th Dakar stage win when he finished the dusty 237-kilometre stage from Santa Rosa de la Pampa to Puerto Madryn in Argentina in one hour 56 minutes 14 seconds.
Mitsubishi's Peterhansel was 1:14 seconds behind, while Sainz' Volkswagen teammate Giniel de Villiers of South Africa was third, 1:56 back. Sainz leads de Villiers by 2.19 after the first two stages and is 3:51 ahead of Peterhansel.
Dutchman Frans Verhoeven won the motorcycle stage in 2:14:48, just 41 seconds ahead of fellow KTM rider Cyril Despres of France. Frenchman David Fretigne was third on a Yamaha, 1:04 off the lead.
Vancouver Island's Donald Hatton was 172nd overall in the motorcycle division.
Marc Coma of Spain, who won Saturday's opening stage, retained the overall lead despite finishing 17th Sunday. He holds a 13:47 lead over Verhoeven and is 16:51 ahead of Fretigne.
Starting from Buenos Aires on Friday, the 30th Dakar Rally - and the first outside Africa - features 177 cars, 217 motorcycles, 81 trucks and 25 quad bikes with drivers from 49 countries.
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