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2013-01-16 08:09

WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN : Qatar's Nasser al-Attiyah has been forced to retire from the 2013 Dakar Rally due to mechanical damage to his Red Bull buggy. Image: AFP

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Dakar Stage 9 - video

2013-01-15 07:11

Stage 9 of the 2013 Dakar rally on Monday was extra long - but good news for SA's Giniel de Villiers who moved up to second as Nasser al-Attiyah got into big trouble.

CORDOBA, Argentina - Nasser al-Attiyah has pulled out of the 2013 Dakar Rally because of mechanical failure, his team announced on Tuesday.

Al-Attiyah, 42, and co-driver Lucas Cruz had been pushing for the overall lead of the race until repeated breakdowns on the 851km stage nine between Tucuman and Cordoba in Argentina forced them to abandon. A broken water pump was to blame.

PUSHING FOR THE LEAD

At the start of Stage 9 he was second in the overall four-wheel classification, three minutes behind Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel, who is pushing for his 11th Dakar win.

The Qatari driver, who won the race in 2011 and was second in 2010, was taking part in a buggy developed over the last five months by Red Bull Motorsport.

The Red Bull Rally Team's other buggy, driven by Spain's Carlos Sainz, pulled out on Stage 6, also with mechanical problems.

Wheels24 is following the 'Dakar' rally throughout the race. Keep up with things on our Dakar Rally section.

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