Stephane Peterhansel takes Dakar lead as Carlos Sainz hits trouble

Stephane Peterhansel moved into the lead of the Dakar Rally as Carlos Sainz ran into problems on the third day of competition

Stephane Peterhansel takes Dakar lead as Carlos Sainz hits trouble

Sainz's Red Bull team-mate Nasser Al-Attiyah set the fastest time as the Qatari experienced a trouble-free day in his buggy as the rally moved from Pisco to Nazca.

Al-Attiyah's time was 1m18s faster than Robby Gordon's Hummer and 3m52 clear of Peterhansel, who was third fastest in his X-raid Mini.

Peterhansel, who began the day in second place, now leads Al-Attiyah by 6m33s overall.

Lucio Alvarez's fourth-fastest time moved the Overdrive Toyota man up to third overall, one place ahead of X-raid's Leonid Novitskiy.

Sainz, who started the day in the lead after being given back the time he lost to a satellite problem on Sunday, had another bad stage.

He remained within a minute of Peterhansel and Al-Attiyah for the first half of the 151-mile stage, but lost half an hour later on as an electrical problem caused his buggy to cut out several times.

The Spaniard is now 21 minutes off the overall lead and fifth overall.

One place further back is Giniel de Villiers - third overnight. The South African's Overdrive Toyota also losing ground.

There was bad news for another man touted as a potential winner as Krzysztof Holowczyc crashed out less than 30 miles into the day's timed section. The Pole had to be airlifted to safety with back and rib injuries.

Leading positions after stage three: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Stephane Peterhansel X-raid Mini 5h34m26s 2. Nasser Al-Attiyah Red Bull Buggy + 6m33s 3. Lucio Alvarez Overdrive Toyota + 18m11s 4. Leonid Novitskiy X-raid Mini + 21m10s 5. Carlos Sainz Red Bull Buggy + 21m16s 6. Giniel de Villiers Imperial Toyota + 30m22s 7. Nani Roma X-raid Mini + 32m56s 8. Orlando Terranova X-raid BMW + 35m13s 9. Bernard Errandonea SMG Buggy + 38m32s 10. Ronan Chabot SMG Buggy + 39m40s Leading stage three times: 1. Nasser Al-Attiyah Red Bull Buggy 2h30m14s 2. Robby Gordon Gordon Hummer + 1m18s 3. Stephane Peterhansel X-raid Mini + 3m52s 4. Lucio Alvarez Overdrive Toyota + 9m36s 5. Nani Roma X-raid Mini + 12m20s 6. Leonid Novitskiy X-raid Mini + 15m29s 7. Guerlain Chicherit SMG Buggy + 16m15s 8. Boris Gadasin G-Force Nissan + 23m25s 9. Christian Lavielle Dessoude Nissan + 24m45s 10. Bernard Errandonea SMG Buggy + 25m09s 
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Series Dakar
Drivers Stéphane Peterhansel , Carlos Sainz