Dakar: Roma takes lead as Peterhansel, Sainz, Al-Attiyah delayed
|Tuesday, January 7th 2014, 21:05 GMT|
Nani Roma ended up in the Dakar Rally lead as the event's three biggest names all hit trouble on Tuesday's third stage.
The San Rafael to San Juan stage was altered prior to the start due to recent extreme weather, and a swollen river then forced the top crews to take a further diversion off the planned route.
Monday leader Stephane Peterhansel was worst affected, picking up six punctures while battling through vegetation and dropping 28 minutes to his stage-winning X-raid Mini team-mate Roma.
Nasser Al-Attiyah and Carlos Sainz were also delayed, losing 10 and 15 minutes respectively.
Roma had a trouble-free run and jumped from fourth to first in the overall standings.
He now leads fellow X-raid man Orlando Terranova - who stopped on the stage to give Peterhansel a spare tyre - by nine minutes overall, with Al-Attiyah just 54 seconds behind Terranova to complete an all-Mini top three.
Sainz and Peterhansel fell to fourth and fifth. Eleven-time winner Peterhansel will resume on Wednesday 24 minutes down on Roma.
Leading stage three times: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Nani Roma X-raid Mini 2h58m52s 2. Krzsyztof Holowczyc X-raid Mini +1m07s 3. Leeroy Poulter Imperial Toyota +3m19s 4. Orlando Terranova X-raid Mini +4m54s 5. Guerlain Chicherit EVR Chevrolet +6m52s 6. Robby Gordon Gordon Hummer +7m02s 7. Nasser Al-Attiyah X-raid Mini +10m09s 8. Erik Wevers Riwald Ford +10m39s 9. Federico Villagra X-raid Mini +10m54s 10. Erik van Loon XDakar Ford +11m01s Leading overall positions after stage three: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Nani Roma X-raid Mini 9h20m13s 2. Orlando Terranova X-raid Mini +9m06s 3. Nasser Al-Attiyah X-raid Mini +10m00s 4. Carlos Sainz SMG Buggy +12m02s 5. Stephane Peterhansel X-raid Mini +24m08s 6. Giniel de Villiers Imperial Toyota +26m23s 7. Christian Lavieille Haval +31m23s 8. Krzsyztof Holowczyc X-raid Mini +33m56s 9. Erik Wevers Riwald Ford +44m39s 10. Leeroy Poulter Imperial Toyota +45m10s