Dakar Rally: Nani Roma fastest as Stephane Peterhansel nears win

Stephane Peterhansel remained on course for another Dakar victory as his X-raid Mini team-mate Nani Roma surged into third on stage 12

Dakar Rally: Nani Roma fastest as Stephane Peterhansel nears win

Roma set the pace on the Fiambala to Copiapo leg and in the process snatched the final podium spot from fellow X-raid man Leonid Novitskiy.

Peterhansel was fourth fastest, losing 1m38s to nearest rival Giniel de Villiers but keeping himself 50m21s clear overall with two stages to go.

Robby Gordon looked set for a second consecutive stage win until Roma picked up his pace.

After his disastrous start to the rally, Gordon's Hummer has now made it back up to 16th place overall.

Guerlain Chicherit had been quickest on the opening part of Thursday's stage, before having to park to attend to transmission problems.

That has dropped him behind fellow SMG Buggy driver Ronan Chabot to eighth.

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Leading stage 12 times:

Pos  Driver                Team/Car          Time/Gap
 1.  Nani Roma             X-raid Mini       3h36m34s
 2.  Robby Gordon          Gordon Hummer      + 4m18s
 3.  Giniel de Villiers    Imperial Toyota    + 4m25s
 4.  Stephane Peterhansel  X-raid Mini        + 6m03s
 5.  Orlando Terranova     X-raid BMW         + 6m26s
 6.  Lucio Alvarez         Overdrive Toyota   + 9m25s
 7.  Carlos Sousa          Great Wall         + 9m58s
 8.  Ronan Chabot          SMG Buggy         + 10m18s
 9.  Leonid Novitskiy      X-raid Mini       + 15m10s
10.  Yong Zhou             Great Wall        + 22m48s

Leading positions after stage 12:

Pos  Driver                Team/Car            Time/Gap
 1.  Stephane Peterhansel  X-raid Mini        32h50m02s
 2.  Giniel de Villiers    Imperial Toyota     + 50m21s
 3.  Nani Roma             X-raid Mini       + 1h31m06s
 4.  Leonid Novitskiy      X-raid Mini       + 1h34m47s
 5.  Orlando Terranova     X-raid BMW        + 2h01m50s
 6.  Carlos Sousa          Great Wall        + 2h39m46s
 7.  Ronan Chabot          SMG Buggy         + 3h03m11s
 8.  Guerlain Chicherit    SMG Buggy         + 3h42m51s
 9.  Pascal Thomasse       MD Buggy          + 4h14m26s
10.  Geoff Olholm          Overdrive Toyota  + 4h29m11s

    
    
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