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Dakar - De Villiers moves up to fifth after 5th Stage


De Villiers rallies on second day LOCAL racing legend Giniel de Villiers made up for the time he lost during Stage 1 of the Dakar Rally when he piloted his Toyota Hilux to third place in Stage 2, which subsequently places him sixth overall.

The other South Africans, Leeroy Poulter and Rob Howie came in 16th, some 44min34 behind the winners, which puts them 13th overall and 46min10 behind the leader, Stefan Peterhansel. Dakar rookies Thomas Rundle and Juan Mohr of the DMack/Barden team are placed 37th in their Hilux after Stage 2, improving from their 49th place finish in Stage 1. This means that the pair now sits in 35th spot overall heading into Stage 3. The bike stage was won by Briton Sam Sunderland while Francisco Lopez of Chile finished second. Joan Barreda Bort lost two minutes by finishing in third, but still maintains his overall lead.

Today’s 595km stage runs from San Rafael to San Juan in Argentina. The first vehicle is expected to stop over at the San Juan overnight stop at around 7:30pm South African time.

Cars Day 2 Results 1 Peterhansel 3hr52min05 2 Sainz +’46’sec 3 De Villiers (RSA) +5’34’ 4 Roma +7’25’ 5 Al-Attiyah +7’44’

Overall Car Standings 1 Peterhansel 6hr17min02 2 Sainz +’28’ 3 Al-Attiyah +4’10’ 4 Roma +4’19’ 5 Terranova +8’31’ 6 De Villiers (RSA) +17’10’

Motorcycles Day 2 Results 1 Sam Sunderland 3hr42min10 2 Francisco Lopez Contardo +’39’ 3 Joan Barreda Bort +2’00’ 4 Ruben Faria +4’7’ 5 Alain Duclos +5’51’

Overall Motorcycle Standings 1 Bort 6hr09min41 2 Contardo +2’03’ 3 Sunderland +2’33’ 4 Duclos +5’47’ 5 Coma +7’00’


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