6 Jan 2013

Sainz wins opening special stage of Dakar rally

10:42 am on 6 January 2013

Carlos Sainz has begun his campaign for a second Dakar Rally title by taking the opening 13km special stage from Lima to Pisco.

The Spaniard in a Buggy, who won the gruelling race in 2010, has an eight second lead over Argentina's Lucio Alvarez, in a Toyota.

Chile's Francisco Lopez, riding a KTM, won the opening motorcycling stage.