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Dakar leader Al-Attiyah happy with first week, ready to fight for win

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By ITN News Editor January 13, 2019 13:44

Dakar leader Al-Attiyah happy with first week, ready to fight for win

The Dakar Rally took a rest day in Arequipa with Qatar’s Nasser Al-Attiyah leading after the first five days of competition.Two time Dakar winner Al-Attiyah, in a Toyota, currently leads 13-time Dakar champ Stephane Peterhansel, driving an X-Raid Mini, by just under 25 seconds after the Frenchman had trouble late on stage five.In the motorcycle class, American Ricky Brebac holds the lead with Britain’s Sam Sunderland second in the class after a stage five win.In the truck category, former Dakar Rally winner Andrey Karginov, competing for Russia’s Kamaz team, was excluded from the event for failing to stop after a collision with a spectator.The Russian, who won in 2014, was third at the time of the incident on Friday with two wins from the five stages so far.The spectator suffered a broken femur and was flown to hospital in Arequipa.The motorsport.com website reported that Karginov’s truck drove over the spectator’s left leg and quoted Kamaz team boss Vladimir Chagin as saying the exclusion was “very harsh”.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor January 13, 2019 13:44

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