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Loeb takes second Dakar stage, de Villiers leads overall

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By ITN News Editor January 9, 2019 12:45

Loeb takes second Dakar stage, de Villiers leads overall

Nine times world rally champion Sebastien Loeb won the second stage of the Dakar Rally in the Peruvian desert, with South African Giniel De Villiers taking the overall lead for his Toyota team.

De Villiers, the 2009 Dakar champion, leads team mate Bernhard ten Brinke by 28 seconds with Spaniard Nani Roma third in a Mini, 42 seconds off the pace after the 342km timed stage from Pisco to San Juan de Marcona.Loeb had started the day 13th overall and ended it fifth, one minute and 56 seconds off the lead but with his 11th career stage win on the Dakar — even if he was almost reeled in by Roma at the finish.

Qatar’s overnight leader Nasser Al-Attiyah, who is driving a Toyota, opened the road for the rest and dropped back to eighth place, nearly three and a half minutes adrift of De Villiers.

Spain’s Joan Barreda Bort took the bike stage on his Honda to top the standings by 91 seconds from Matthias Walkner of Austria on a KTM.

The endurance rally, staged in South America since being switched from Africa in 2009 for security reasons, ends in Lima on Jan. 17.

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By ITN News Editor January 9, 2019 12:45
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