Dakar Rally: Al-Attiyah leads, trouble for Roma, Peugeot off pace

Nasser Al-Attiyah leads the 2015 Dakar Rally after day one, while Peugeot made a cautious start and last year's winner Nani Roma's hopes of another victory ended immediately

Dakar Rally: Al-Attiyah leads, trouble for Roma, Peugeot off pace

Although two of the nine Minis entered by X-raid reached Villa Carlos Paz in first and second with Al-Attiyah and team-mate Orlando Terranova, Roma's example came to a halt just a few miles from the Buenos Aires start.

Roma had to wait on the stage for technical assistance, losing over six hours to the leaders and all realistic chance of back-to-back wins.

NEWS UPDATE: Al-Attiyah penalty puts Terranova into lead

Argentinean crowd favourite Terranova trails Al-Attiyah by 22 seconds after the first stage in his homeland, while Robby Gordon - who has had opening day disasters on the last two Dakars - fared much better this time and holds third.

Peugeot's factory Dakar return got off to a quiet start, with Carlos Sainz and Stephane Peterhansel driving conservatively in eighth and 10th places, feeling the relatively quick 106-mile stage did not suit the two-wheel-drive 2008 DKR as well as others ahead will.

Their team-mate Cyril Despres is already 10 minutes off the pace as he begins his transition from the motorcycle category to tackling the event in a car.

LEADING POSITIONS AFTER STAGE ONE:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Orlando Terranova Monster Energy Rally Raid Team Mini/BMW 1h13m12.s
2 Robby Gordon Speed Energy Racing HST/Chevrolet 42.s
3 Giniel de Villiers Toyota Imperial Team South Africa Toyota 50.s
4 Krzysztof Holowczyc Monster Energy Rally Raid Team Mini/BMW 54.s
5 Emiliano Spataro Renault 56.s
6 Bernhard Ten Brinke Overdrive Toyota Toyota 1m16.s
7 Nasser Al-Attiyah Qatar Rally Team Mini/BMW 1m38.s
8 Carlos Sainz Team Peugeot Total Peugeot 1m44.s
9 Erik van Loon Xdakar Mini/BMW 1m58.s
10 Stephane Peterhansel Team Peugeot Total Peugeot 2m13.s


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