DAKAR MOTORSPORT NEWS

Al-Attiyah lose lead after penalty

The winner of the first stage of the 2015 Dakar yesterday, Nasser Al-Attiyah in an X-Raid Mini, lost his lead later when he was penalised for driving at 68km/h in a 50km/h zone. He was handed a two minute penalty that dropped him down to seventh overall and gave his team mate Orlando Terranova the lead.

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That means Terranova started today’s 322-mile stage to San Juan with a 42-second lead over Robby Gordon’s Hummer, which has Giniel de Villiers’ Toyota, Krzysztof Holowczyc’s Mini and Emiliano Spataro’s Renault close behind.

The best of the new Peugeots is Carlos Sainz’s example in eighth place, 1m44s behind Terranova.

Last year’s winner Nani Roma is currently classified last, six and a half hours behind the leaders, having hit early mechanical problems that could not be rectified.

The Spaniard’s Mini had to be towed by X-raid’s assistance truck for the majority of the opening stage.