Dakar Rally: Nasser Al-Attiyah secures second overall victory

Nasser Al-Attiyah secured his second victory in the Dakar Rally after nearly two weeks of domination of the 2015 event

Dakar Rally: Nasser Al-Attiyah secures second overall victory

The Qatari took the lead early on and only lost it to X-raid team-mate Orlando Terranova due to a penalty after the first stage.

After he regained it on the following day, Al-Attiyah stayed on top and secured a commanding win at the end of the event on Saturday.

Third place on the final stage of the rally was enough for Al-Attiyah to clinch overall victory, his second following his 2011 triumph with Volkswagen.

Al-Attiyah's win also means an X-raid Mini has won the Dakar for four consecutive years.

Giniel di Villiers finished in second place in his Toyota, over 35 minutes behind the winner. Krzysztof Holowczyc completed the podium in another X-raid Mini.

The final special of the rally was shortened to just 21 miles due to heavy rain, and it meant the stage finished at the first control point.

American Robby Gordon took victory by 31 seconds from Leeroy Poulter and by 34s from Emiliano Spataro.

Peugeot's troublesome return to the Dakar ended with Stephane Peterhansel outside the top 10 after finishing in 12th place on Saturday's stage.

In the bikes category, Spaniard Marco Coma secured his fifth Dakar victory, while Airat Mardeev won in trucks and Rafal Sonik in quads.

LEADING STAGE 13 TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Robby Gordon Speed Energy Racing HST/Chevrolet 13m16.s
2 Leeroy Poulter Toyota Imperial Team South Africa Toyota 25.s
3 Emiliano Spataro Renault 29.s
4 Orlando Terranova Monster Energy Rally Raid Team Mini/BMW 31.s
5 Giniel de Villiers Toyota Imperial Team South Africa Toyota 34.s
6 Nasser Al-Attiyah Qatar Rally Team Mini/BMW 39.s
7 Bernhard Ten Brinke Overdrive Toyota Toyota 48.s
8 Krzysztof Holowczyc Monster Energy Rally Raid Team Mini/BMW 49.s
9 Erik van Loon Xdakar Mini/BMW 57.s
10 Vladimir Vasilyev Vasilyev Racing Team Mini/BMW 1m01.s


LEADING OVERALL POSITIONS:

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