9 Jan 2013

Former Dakar Rally winner claims second stage win

10:02 am on 9 January 2013

Qatari motor racing driver Nasser al-Attiyah has won his second successive stage in this year's Dakar Rally as he triumphed in the fourth stage.

The 2011 winner, who made it four stage wins from four for his Red Bull Buggy team, has closed the gap on the overall leader, France's Mini-driving 10-time champion Stephane Peterhansel.

Guerlain Chicherit took second in the stage, 36 seconds behind, while Peterhansel, who has won the race six times on a motorbike and four times in the car discipline, came in over a minute behind the Qatari and saw his lead clipped to 5 minutes 16 seconds.

However, it was not all good news for the Red Bull team as the 2010 winner Carlos Sainz dropped out of contention with a second successive poor day, the winner of the first two stages suffering more problems with his car.