|Dakar Rally 2013: Nani Roma wins cars in front of Peterhansel and Gordon.|
The trend observed over the last few days also changed slightly, with a small decline in fortune for the buggies which until today had excelled and fought bumper to bumper with Stéphane Peterhansel.
This time, on the winding tracks of the relatively short special stage they had to tackle (172-km long), it was the Frenchman's team-mate Nani Roma who put in the best time and won his 6th Dakar special stage in the car category.
In general, the 4x4s had the upper hand, because behind Nani Roma, the Mini number 302 driven by Peterhansel only lost 1:23 mins to the stage winner. Robby Gordon managed to put his Hummer on the day's podium, Giniel De Villiers and his Toyota Hilux came in to the finishing line 1:51 mins behind Roma, whilst Leonid Novitskiy put a third Mini in the top 5!
Nasser Al Attiyah, who opened the road, lost 6 minutes in relation to Roma but kept second place in the general standings, 9:54 mins behind Peterhansel.
Finally, Guerlain Chicherit, who came so close to winning the special stage yesterday, reached the finishing line exhausted and probably with an injured wrist: following damage to his power-steering, it was extremely difficult to steer the buggy. Just like two years ago, the Dakar could finish in Arica for Chicherit.
2013/01/09 | 21:29 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/ASO