Dakar: Orlando Terranova sets pace as Stephane Peterhansel cruises
Stephane Peterhansel continued to cruise in the lead of the Dakar Rally as his X-raid team-mate Orlando Terranova set the pace on stage 10
Terranova's pace on the Cordoba to La Rioja stage made him the first Argentinian driver to take a Dakar stage win, and also the first man to set a fastest time in a BMW since 2010, the last year before X-raid switched to Minis for its main assault.
It was a one-two-three for X-raid on the stage, Mini duo Nani Roma and Peterhansel going second and third.
With Nasser Al-Attiyah out, Peterhansel's overall lead now stands at a comfortable 52m38s over Giniel de Villiers' Toyota with just four stage to go.
Leonid Novitskiy retains third despite losing time to Roma on Tuesday, while Terranova's stage win cements his fifth place.
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Leading stage 10 results: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Orlando Terranova X-raid BMW 3h57m58s 2. Nani Roma X-raid Mini + 2m07s 3. Stephane Peterhansel X-raid Mini + 2m19s 4. Giniel de Villiers Imperial Toyota + 5m26s 5. Robby Gordon Gordon Hummer + 6m51s 6. Lucio Alvarez Overdrive Toyota + 8m43s 7. Boris Gadasin G Force Nissan + 13m37s 8. Vladimir Vasiljev G Force Proto + 13m57s 9. Matthias Kahle SAM-Mercedes + 14m19s 10. Leonid Novitskiy X-raid Mini + 14m56s Leading positions after stage 10: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Stephane Peterhansel X-raid Mini 28h12m00s 2. Giniel de Villiers Imperial Toyota + 52m38s 3. Leonid Novitskiy X-raid Mini + 1h08m40s 4. Nani Roma X-raid Mini + 1h34m04s 5. Orlando Terranova X-raid BMW + 1h58m49s 6. Carlos Sousa Great Wall + 2h35m00s 7. Guerlain Chicherit SMG Buggy + 2h51m23s 8. Bernard Errandonea SMG Buggy + 3h02m38s 9. Ronan Chabot SMG Buggy + 3h02m52s 10. Pascal Thomasse MD Buggy + 3h26m51s
Roma wins stage nine of Dakar Rally while Peterhansel pulls clear
Robby Gordon wins shortened Dakar Rally stage