After 200 kilometres of today’s 518km second stage of the 2015 South American Dakar, Nasser Al-Attiyah in an X-Raid Mini All4, had wiped out his two minute penalty of yesterday and retaken the lead from Ortlando Terranova, also in an X-Raid Mini.
In another interesting development, South African Leeroy Poulter in an Imperial Toyota Hi-Lux, has moved up from 14th overall after stage one yesterday to third on the stage, pushing his more experienced team mate in a similar car, Giniel de Villiers into fourth on the road.
Robby Gordon, in the Hummer, who started second this morning, has lost more than 40 minutes so far today. Gordon is struggling with overheating brakes and the Americans podium dream has come to an end once again.
In 8th overall is Carlos Sainz in the Peugeot 208DKR on its debut event and of which so much has been expected. His team mate Stephane Peterhansel has at the time of writing not yet passed CP2. It is not known if he has a problem.
Sam Sunderland who set the pace in the biking section yesterday seems to have cracked under the pressure of Marc Coma, and lost his way and time on the stage.
More to follow….