7 Jan 2010

Sainz takes lead in Dakar rally

10:23 am on 7 January 2010

The Chilean motorcyclist Francesco Lopez has won 483km fifth stage of the Dakar Rally in Chile.

American Mark Miller won the car stage, beating his Volkswagen team-mate and former world rally champion Carlos Sainz by over two minutes.

However, Sainz moves to top of the standings after previous race leader Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel was immobilised for 50 minutes.