Dakar: Terranova wins stage three, Al-Attiyah still leads

Orlando Terranova was fastest on day three of the 2015 Dakar Rally, while Nasser Al-Attiyah's overall lead was reduced to five minutes and the Peugeots made progress

Dakar: Terranova wins stage three, Al-Attiyah still leads

With the motorcycles and cars using a partially different route on the San Juan to Chilecito stage, Al-Attiyah did not have the leader's usual advantage of the two-wheeled field having swept a path for the cars.

The stage two winner therefore took it steadily in places, content for his advantage over Giniel de Villiers' Toyota to drop from eight minutes to 5m18s.

Terranova - who had briefly led after his X-raid Mini team-mate Al-Attiyah's Sunday night penalty - beat de Villiers to the stage win by 1m51s as he began to make up for rolling on Monday.

That crash had dropped him to 10th, but he was back up to third by the end of Tuesday, albeit 13 minutes away from de Villiers' second place.

The best of the Peugeots is now up to fourth with Carlos Sainz, who was fourth quickest on stage three.

Sainz's team-mate Stephane Peterhansel was seventh fastest, but he is only 16th overall following his Monday delays.

World Rally Championship regular and Dakar debutant Yazeed Al-Rahji was third on stage three, establishing himself in fifth in the outright rankings.

Last year's Dakar winner Nani Roma is already out of contention for 2015 victory following the oil pump failure that struck his Mini just a few miles onto the very first stage, but he had some solace with sixth-fastest time on stage three. He is nine hours off the pace in 55th overall.

LEADING STAGE THREE TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Orlando Terranova Monster Energy Rally Raid Team Mini/BMW 2h57m28.s
2 Giniel de Villiers Toyota Imperial Team South Africa Toyota 1m54.s
3 Yazeed Al-Rajhi Yazeed Racing Toyota 2m52.s
4 Carlos Sainz Team Peugeot Total Peugeot 4m06.s
5 Nasser Al-Attiyah Qatar Rally Team Mini/BMW 4m18.s
6 Nani Roma Monster Energy Rally Raid Team Mini/BMW 5m58.s
7 Stephane Peterhansel Team Peugeot Total Peugeot 9m26.s
8 Erik van Loon Xdakar Mini/BMW 11m57.s
9 Ronan Chabot Toys Motors - SMG SMG/GM 15m49.s
10 Christian Lavieille Overdrive Toyota Toyota 16m28.s

LEADING STANDINGS AFTER STAGE THREE:

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