4 Jan 2011

Carlos Sainz continues to lead Dakar rally

9:18 am on 4 January 2011

Defending champion Carlos Sainz of Spain, driving a Volkswagen, has added a second stage win in as many days at the Dakar Rally in Argentina, dominating the 324km special stage from Cordoba to San Miguel de Tucuman.

Sainz has crossed the line with a 1min 03sec advantage over Qatari teammate Nasser Al-Attiyah, with French veteran and multiple champion Stephane Peterhansel 1min 34sec adrift in his BMW.

Double rally world champion Sainz moved his overall lead over Peterhansel to 3:05 with last year's runner-up Al-Attiyah third at 3:19 as the drivers head for the third stage - a 500km special stage from San Miguel de Tucuman to San Salvador de Jujuy.