Dakar: Al-Attiyah quickest on stage 10 as Roma crashes
Nasser Al-Attiyah took a dominant victory on stage 10 of the 2015 Dakar Rally, as X-raid Mini team-mate Nani Roma crashed heavily
Al-Attiyah's fourth stage win of the event boosted his advantage to more than 28 minutes with main rival Giniel de Villiers dropping over four minutes with the fifth-fastest stage time.
But while the run from Calama to Salta put a further dent in Imperial Toyota de Villiers' victory bid, it was absolutely disastrous for 2014 Dakar winner Roma.
Roma's '15 event had already been ruined by an oil-pump problem on the first stage, but he had won his first stage of this year's edition on Tuesday before rolling several times 120 miles into the 534-mile run on the 10th day. He and his co-driver were reported unhurt.
Al-Attiyah's nearest opposition came from Orlando Terranova, whose overall rally bid was thwarted on day four, with the third X-raid driver coming through 1m28s slower than his team-mate.
Despite de Villiers' having a muted run to fifth the South African remains second overall, almost 15 minutes clear of fellow Toyota driver Yazeed Al-Rajhi, who was third-fastest on stage 10.
Peugeot's difficult Dakar improved slightly, with Stephane Peterhansel ninth quickest, but he remains 14th on the leaderboard.
LEADING STAGE TEN TIMES:
|1||Nasser Al-Attiyah||Qatar Rally Team||Mini/BMW||3h49m59.s|
|2||Orlando Terranova||Monster Energy Rally Raid Team||Mini/BMW||1m35.s|
|3||Yazeed Al-Rajhi||Yazeed Racing||Toyota||3m39.s|
|4||Leeroy Poulter||Toyota Imperial Team South Africa||Toyota||4m06.s|
|5||Giniel de Villiers||Toyota Imperial Team South Africa||Toyota||4m24.s|
|6||Bernhard Ten Brinke||Overdrive Toyota||Toyota||5m21.s|
|7||Krzysztof Holowczyc||Monster Energy Rally Raid Team||Mini/BMW||6m01.s|
|9||Stephane Peterhansel||Team Peugeot Total||Peugeot||7m23.s|
|10||Carlos Sousa||Mitsubishi Petrobras||Mitsubishi||8m18.s|
LEADING OVERALL POSITIONS AFTER STAGE TEN:-
Dakar Rally: Nasser Al-Attiyah takes control, Nani Roma fastest
Dakar Rally: Al-Attiyah grabs stage win, Al-Rahji in trouble