Carlos Sainz quickest on Dakar opener

Carlos Sainz set the pace as the 2013 Dakar Rally got underway with a short eight-mile stage in Pisco

Carlos Sainz quickest on Dakar opener

The field travelled the 155 miles from the rally start in Lima before tackling the stage.

Driving a Red Bull Buggy, 2010 winner Sainz set a time of 7m40s, beating Argentina's Lucio Alvarez by eight seconds.

Because of the first stage's short length, a coefficient is applied and times tripled, meaning in the full results Sainz's lead will be 24s going into the first fully-fledged stage.

Guerlain Chicherit and Sainz's team-mate Nasser Al-Attiyah hold a joint third place, just ahead of French driver Ronan Chabot.

Dakar legend and last year's winner Stephane Peterhansel set the same time as X-Raid Mini team-mates Krzysztof Holowczyc and Leonid Novitskiy in sixth.

Robby Gordon's pursuit of an elusive maiden Dakar win got off to a depressing start when his Hummer became stuck and then suffered a transmission problem, costing him 10 minutes, which became a half-hour deficit with the coefficient applied.

Leading positions after stage one:

Pos  Driver                Team/Car          Time/Gap
 1.  Carlos Sainz          Red Bull Buggy       7m40s
 2.  Lucio Alvarez         Overdrive Toyota      + 8s
 3.  Guerlain Chicherit    SMG Buggy            + 10s
 4.  Nasser Al-Attiyah     Red Bull Buggy       + 10s
 5.  Ronan Chabot          SMG Buggy            + 12s
 6.  Krzysztof Holowczyc   X-Raid Mini          + 34s
 7.  Leonid Noviktskiy     X-Raid Mini          + 34s
 8.  Stephane Peterhansel  X-Raid Mini          + 34s
 9.  Giniel de Villiers    Imperial Toyota      + 35s
10.  Nani Roma             X-Raid Mini          + 37s
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