SAN RAFAEL, Argentina - French 11-times Dakar Rally winner Stephane Peterhansel took the overall lead in the car division of the Dakar Rally on Monday, winning Stage 2 of the gruelling overland race.Peterhansel finished 46sec ahead of Spain's Carlos Sainz and 5min34 in front of South Africa's Giniel de Villiers who recovered magnificently from finishing 27th on Day 1 on Sunday.Villiers is now running sixth overall, 17min10 behind Peterhansel.'PROPER DAKAR STAGE'Peterhansel leads the overall car standings by 28sec ahead of Sainz and has a 4min10 advantage over Nasser al-Attiyah of Qatar. He said later: "It was a nice stage, really fast at the beginning because the average was more than 100km/h. It was a mix with a lot of fast tracks, then it was rivers with a lot of rocks and the risk of getting a puncture."At the end there were also very nice dunes but the navigation was easy because there were a lot of people everywhere. At the top of each dune i followed the people."Peterhansel won the race in 2013, which was his fifth victory in the car division to go with six on a motorcycle.South Africans Leeroy Poulter and Rob Howie brought the second Toyota Imperial Hilux home 16th, 44min34 behind the winners. They are now 13th overall, 46min10 behind the race’s leaders and 29min behind their team mates. Villiers said later: “Today’s was a proper Dakar stage: it was very, very fast in the beginning – flat out – and included our first dune crossing. The dunes were tricky and it was very hot."We’re very happy with our result. We lost a bit of time when we were caught in the dust of other competitors, otherwise we experienced no problems at all. We have to have clean runs from now on if we want to prevent Stephane getting away from the rest of the field.”Poulter told Wheels24: “Today was my first experience of racing in the sand dunes and we got stuck a couple of times. As a result we were passed by a few competitors and later, when we caught them, we struggled in their dust."The dunes were very tricky, high and very steep on both sides. It was a long and difficult stage and I’m happy we came through it all right.”Glyn Hall, the SA Toyota team principal, added: “After the first two stages it’s clear that this is a much tougher Dakar than usual, as promised by the organisers. Tuesday's stage reminded me of a first day in Mauretania in Africa, which was the benchmark of toughness and a lethal cocktail of sand and high temperatures - almost 40 degrees outside the car “Giniel’s Stage 2 performance showed why he is regarded as one of the world's top rally raid drivers. We are all very impressed and pleased with Leeroy, who is having a super start to his first Dakar. He did really well on his first time ever in the dunes in the rally car.” SUNDERLAND WINS BIKESSam Sunderland of Britain won the bikes stage, with Francisco Lopez of Chile 39sec behind. Joan Barreda Bort of Spain was two minutes back in third.Barreda Bort held the overall lead, 2min03 in front of Lopez and 2min33 ahead of Sunderland.The stage was regarded as one of the fastest in the two-week rally which will end on Jan 18 in Valparaiso, Chile.Lopez said: "Today the first part was very, very speedy and the second part very sandy with dunes. That was OK for my machine. The end was very technical but I think it was a good day."STAGE 3Tuesday's Stage 3 will run north from San Rafael to San Juan in Argentina. Competitors will experience their first taste of the mountains on this stage and the 595km route (301km special, 295km liaison) will pass through the pre-Andes with the Aconcagua volcano standing 6962m high and soaring over the progress of the vehicles.The first car will leave the San Rafael bivouac at 6.08am (10.08am SA time) and is expected to arrive at the San Juan overnight stop at 2.18pm (7.18pm SA time). YEAR SIX IN SOUTH AMERICAThe rally will cross into Bolivia on Sunday and Monday before moving into Chile where it will head south toward the finish.This is the sixth consecutive year the race has been run in South America and the first time Bolivia has been on the route.Day 2 resultsRoute: 433km timed car run and 359km timed motorcycle run from San Luis to San Rafael, Argentina:Cars1 Stephane Peterhansel (FRA/Mini) 3hr52min052 Carlos Sainz (ESP/Smg) +46sec3 Giniel De Villiers (RSA/Toyota) +5min344 Nani Roma (ITA/Mini) +7min255 Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT/Mini) +7min446 Orlando Terranova (ARG/Mini) +12min417 Ronan Chabot (FRA/Smg) +14min038 Christian Lavieille (FRA/Haval) +19min389 Lucio Alvarez (ARG/Ford) +26min0010 Reinaldo Marques Varela (BRA/Mitsubishi) +28min06Overall car standings1 Stephane Peterhansel (FRA/Mini) 6hr17min022 Carlos Sainz (ESP/Smg) +28sec3 Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT/Mini) +4min104 Nani Roma (ITA/Mini) +4min195 Orlando Terranova (ARG/Mini) +8min316 Giniel De Villiers (RSA/Toyota) +17min107 Christian Lavieille (FRA/Haval) +20min598 Reinaldo Marques Varela (BRA/Mitsubishi) +36min009 Krzysztof Holowczyc (POL/Mini) +37min0810 Marek Dabrowski (POL/Toyota) +38min08Motorcycles1 Sam Sunderland (GBR/Honda) 3hr42min102 Francisco Lopez Contardo (CHI/KTM) +39sec3 Joan Barreda Bort (ESP/Honda) +2min004 Ruben Faria (POR/KTM) +4min075 Alain Duclos (FRA/Sherco) +5min516 Ben Grabham (AUS/KTM) +7min157 David Casteu (FRA/KTM) +7min278 Paulo Goncalves (POR/Honda) +7min459 Marc Coma (ESP/KTM) +8min2310 Cyril Despres (FRA/Yamaha) +8min43Overall motorcycle standings1 Joan Barreda Bort (ESP/Honda) 6hr09min412 Francisco Lopez Contardo (CHI/KTM) +2min033 Sam Sunderland (GBR/Honda) +2min334 Alain Duclos (FRA/Sherco) +5min475 Marc Coma (ESP/KTM) +7min006 Ruben Faria (POR/KTM) +7min187 Paulo Goncalves (POR/Honda) +8min108 Cyril Despres (FRA/Yamaha) +8min239 Ben Grabham (AUS/KTM) +10min0510 David Casteu (FRA/KTM) +10min59Bookmark Wheels24's special Dakar Rally section to keep up with event news and results.