8 Jan 2014

Roma takes over lead in Dakar Rally

10:06 am on 8 January 2014

The Spanish driver Nani Roma has taken over the lead of the Dakar Rally following victory in the third stage in Argentina as favourite Stephane Peterhansel suffered a nightmare day.

Frenchman Peterhansel began the day in the overall lead, but had six punctures in his Mini as he came home in 28th place, more than 28 minutes down on Roma.

In the overall standings, Roma leads a trio of Mini drivers with Argentine Orlando Terranova second and Nasser Al-Attiyah of Qatar third.

In the motorcycle section, Spaniard Joan Barreda on a Honda increased his overall lead by winning the third stage.