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Dakar: Stephane Peterhansel hits the front on day two

Stephane Peterhansel, X-raid Mini, Dakar 2014

Stephane Peterhansel moved into the 2014 Dakar Rally lead by winning Monday's stage.

The 11-time winner had lost four minutes with a puncture on the opener on Sunday, but had a flawless run from San Luis to San Rafael on the second day.

That thrust Peterhansel's X-raid Mini from sixth overall into the lead.

He is only 28 seconds ahead of Carlos Sainz, who also gained ground on stage two having struggled for pace on Sunday in his SMG Buggy.

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Nasser Al-Attiyah is third in another X-raid Mini, four minutes off the lead.

He suffered three punctures on stage two and then had to tread carefully to the finish with no spares left, losing seven minutes to Peterhansel and Sainz. Al-Attiyah is just nine seconds ahead of team-mate Nani Roma overall.

Overnight leader Carlos Sousa's moment of glory proved very shortlived, as turbo problems dropped him out of contention on stage two.

Leading stage two times:

Pos  Driver                Team/Car              Time/Gap
 1.  Stephane Peterhansel  X-raid Mini           3h52m05s
 2.  Carlos Sainz          SMG Buggy                 +46s
 3.  Giniel de Villiers    Imperial Toyota         +5m34s
 4.  Nani Roma             X-raid Mini             +7m25s
 5.  Nasser Al-Attiyah     X-raid Mini             +7m44s
 6.  Orlando Terranova     X-raid Mini            +12m41s
 7.  Ronan Chabot          SMG Buggy              +14m03s
 8.  Christian Lavieille   Haval                  +19m38s
 9.  Lucio Alvarez         Ford                   +26m00s
10.  Reinaldo Varela       Petrobras Mitsubishi   +28m06s

Leading overall positions after stage two:

Pos  Driver                Team/Car              Time/Gap
 1.  Stephane Peterhansel  X-raid Mini           6h17m02s
 2.  Carlos Sainz          SMG Buggy                 +28s
 3.  Nasser Al-Attiyah     X-raid Mini             +4m10s
 4.  Nani Roma             X-raid Mini             +4m19s
 5.  Orlando Terranova     X-raid Mini             +8m31s
 6.  Giniel de Villiers    Imperial Toyota        +17m10s
 7.  Christian Lavieille   Haval                  +20m59s
 8.  Reinaldo Varela       Petrobras Mitsubishi   +36m00s
 9.  Krzysztof Holowczyc   X-raid Mini            +37m08s
10.  Marek Dabrowski       Orlen Toyota           +38m08s
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