15 Jan 2012

Peterhansel set for another Dakar Rally title

3:12 pm on 15 January 2012

The French driver Stephane Peterhansel in a Mini is on the brink of a 10th Dakar Rally title after clinching the 13th and second last stage, which gave him an overall lead of almost 43 minutes.

Three-time champion Cyril Despres on a KTM looks certain to make it a French double celebration in tomorrow's finale in Lima after being virtually handed the motorcycling title when closest rival Marc Coma became lost in sand dunes.

Peterhansel, the three-time car winner and six-time motorcycle champion has an overall lead of close to 43 minutes over Mini team-mate Nani Roma of Spain.