Al-Attiyah holding steady though Peterhansel is closing in

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The car category competitors have reached the midway point and the stage is still led by Nasser Al-Attiyah, 2’43 ahead of South African Henk Lategan. Stéphane Peterhansel has moved up to third position, a little less than 3’ behind the Qatari! Sébastien Loeb has dropped down into fourth place, 10’’ behind his countryman.

Yesterday’s winner Nasser Al-Attiyah has been opening the way today. Timed eighth at the first intermediate point, the Qatari has taken advantage of the navigational difficulties encountered by his rivals Carlos Sainz and Yazeed Al-Rajhi to move back to the front of the stage after 183 km.

Al-Rajhi even had to stop several minutes before resuming racing. Sébastien Loeb occupies second place, 2’24 behind, not far ahead of the two South African team-mates Bernhard Ten Brinke and Henk Lategan, as well as his countryman Stéphane Peterhansel.

By: Official Dakar website

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