Nani Roma extended his lead in the 2014 Dakar after stage 11, despite seeing fellow Mini driver Orlando Terranova take the stage victory.
Terranova finished the 605 kilometre stage across the Atacama Desert, from Antofagasta to El Salvador, 10 minutes and 57 seconds clear of Roma.
But the victory made little impact on the standings because Terranova remains more than one hour adrift of his Spanish rival in the standings.
Roma's main focus was instead on his closest overall challenger Stephane Peterhansel, who was less than two minutes behind him at the start of the day.
Peterhansel's hopes of overhauling his rival were dashed, however, after his Mini bosses ordered him not to take risks and push for the lead.
The Frenchman ended the day's stage with the fourth fastest time behind Toyota's Giniel de Villiers - who was the leading non-Mini driver.
The result means that Roma now holds a five minutes and 32 seconds lead over Peterhansel, with third place Nasser Al-Attiyah a further 50 minutes adrift.
Al-Attiyah, who had won on Wednesday, led the early running of stage 11 but lost 20 minutes with an unspecified car problem shortly after checkpoint six.
Leading stage 11 times: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Orlando Terranova X-raid Mini 5h58m00s 2. Nani Roma X-raid Mini +10m57s 3. Giniel de Villiers Imperial Toyota +12m38s 4. Stephane Peterhansel X-raid Mini +14m14s 5. Nasser Al-Attiyah X-raid Mini +20m57s 6. Ronan Chabot SMG Buggy +30m18s 7. Federico Villagra X-raid Mini +33m55s 8. Lucio Alvarez Ford +35m38s 9. Krzysztof Holowczyc X-raid Mini +38m17s 10. Vladimir Vasilyev X-raid Mini +39m06s Leading overall positions after stage 11: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Nani Roma X-raid Mini 45h01m54s 2. Stephane Peterhansel X-raid Mini +5m32s 3. Nasser Al-Attiyah X-raid Mini +56m01s 4. Orlando Terranova X-raid Mini +1h03m39s 5. Giniel de Villiers Imperial Toyota +1h15m57s 6. Krzysztof Holowczyc X-raid Mini +3h44m51s 7. Marek Dabrowski Orlen Toyota +4h51m34s 8. Christian Lavieille Haval +5h09m22s 9. Martin Kaczmarski X-raid Mini +6h17m46s 10. Vladimir Vasilyev X-raid Mini +6h34m57s
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