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2012-01-13 05:00

VOS TO BE RECKONED WITH: South African driver Duncan Vos arrives in San Jose during Stage 11 of the 2012 Dakar Rally between Arica and Arequipa, Peru. Image: AFP

AREQUIPA, Peru - Stephane Peterhansel of France won Stage 11 of the Dakar Rally on Thursday to increase his overall lead in the car category to more than 22 minutes.

Second was Mini team mate Joan Roma of Spain.

American driver Robby Gordon was third after Stage 10 but had a series of mechanical breakdowns in his Hummer on Thursday and dropped out of contention, almost two hours behind Peterhansel.

Two South Africans are now in the top 10, each driving a Toyota Hilux – Giniel de Villiers finished the day fourth and is third overall but more than an hour behind the leader and Duncan Vos is ninth overall but almost five hours behind.


Among the motorcyclists, France's Cyril Despres claimed his fourth stage win on the Dakar Rally on Thursday between Arica, Chile, to Arequipa, Peru, to extend his overall lead on Spain's defending motorcycle champion Marc Coma.

Despres - whose relations with KTM team mate Coma deteriorated after stewards halved the Frenchman's huge deficit on Monday's stage - added more than two minutes to his advantage on the Spaniard to 2min22 in the overall standings.

It was also the French rider's 30th stage victory on the Dakar.

He finished the 534km special (705km overall) 1min39sec ahead of another KTM rider, Gerard Farres Guell of Spain, with Coma third at 2min 01. - AFP

Dakar Rally results after Thursday's 11th stage, a 534km special from Arica, Chile to Arequipa:

1 Stephane Peterhansel (FRA) Mini 3hr 56min 53
2 Nani Roma (ESP) Mini +3min44
3 Ricardo Leal Dos Santos (POR) Mini +8min56
4 Giniel de Villiers (RSA) Toyota +9min28
5 Leonid Novitskiy (RUS) Mini +10min15
6 Krzysztof Holowczyc (POL) Mini +12min15
7 Bernhar Ten Brinke (NED) Mitsubishi +19min14
8 Boris Garafulic (CHI) BMW +27min46
9 Duncan Vos (RSA) Toyota +28min27
10 Lucio Alavarez (ARG) Toyota +28min53

Overall standings
1 Stephane Peterhansel (FRA) Mini 32hr38min05
2 Nani Roma (ESP) Mini +22min49sec
3 Giniel de Villiers (RSA) Toyota +1hr11min01
4 Robby Gordon (USA) Hummer +2hr10min31
5 Leonid Novitskiy (RUS) Mini +2hr11min10
6 Lucio Alvarez (ARG) Toyota +3hr53min51
7 Bernhar Ten Brinke (NED) Mitsubishi +4hr17min36
8 Ricardo Leal Dos Santos (POR) Mini +4hr38min11
9 Duncan Vos (RSA) Toyota +4hr50min21
10 Krzysztof Holowczyc (POL) Mini +5hr57min12

1 Cyril Despres (FRA) KTM 4hr3min37
2 Gerard Farres Guell (ESP) KTM +1min 39
3 Marc Coma (ESP) KTM +2min01
4 Johnny Aubert (FRA) KTM +3min30
5 Juan Barreda Bort (ESP) Husqvarna +4min53
6 Felipe Zanol (BRA) KTM +5min37
7 Jordi Viladoms (ESP) KTM +5min54
8 Helder Rodrigues (POR) Yamaha +7min44
9 Pal Ullevalseter (NOR) KTM +7min44
10 Stefan Svitko (SVK) KTM +10min18

Overall standings
1 Cyril Despres (FRA) KTM 37hr11min16
2 Marc Coma (ESP) KTM +2min22
3 Helder Rodrigues (POR) Yamaha +1hr08min40
4 Jordi Viladoms (ESP) KTM +1hr24min46
5 Stefan Svitko (SVK) KTM +1hr34min56
6 Gerard Farres Guell (ESP) KTM +1hr37min00
7 Pal Ullevalseter (NOR) KTM +2hr04min06
8 Alessandro Botturi (ITA) KTM +2hr29min26
9 Olivier Pain (FRA) Yamaha +2hr40min15
10 Felipe Zanol (BRA) KTM +3hr09min37

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