Carlos Sainz wins stage two of Dakar rally

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:39 IST

Former world rally champion Carlos Sainz won Sunday's second stage of the 28th Dakar Rally to keep the lead of the 15-day race.

Carlos Sainz wins stage two of Dakar rally

Lisbon:

Former world rally champion Carlos Sainz won Sunday's second stage of the 28th Dakar Rally to keep the lead of the 15-day race. The Spaniard completed the 115-kilometre run from Portimao, southern Portugal, to Malaga in 1 hour, 24 minutes and 28 seconds. He beat French Mitsubishi driver Luc Alphand by 25 seconds and Qatar's Nasser Saleh Al Alliyah of BMW by 34 seconds. Sainz already led, having won Saturday's opening stage. Spain leads Spain took the first two places in Sunday's bikes race. Top spot went to Isidre Esteve in 2:37.24, eight seconds quicker than fellow KTM rider Marc Coma. Portugal's Helder Rodrigues was third in 2:38.07. The Dakar race takes more than 1,400 drivers, in 508 teams from more than 40 nations, on a 9,043-kilometre route from Lisbon to Dakar, Senegal. Racers, who are competing with cars, bikes, trucks and ATV's, will travel through Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Mauritania, Mali, Guinea and Senegal, where the race will end on the shores of the Lac Rose. Dangerous circuit The Dakar race covers a different course each year, this being the first time it started from Lisbon. The dangerous circuit is subject to several perils including land mines, bandits and sandstorms. Last year, only half the entries finished, while two-time winner Fabrizio Meoni of Italy and Spanish amateur Jose Manuel Perez died during the competition. This year racers will have to depend on their maps, their co-drivers and their intuition. Organizers have restricted use of GPS navigation systems to make the race more exciting and push drivers into relying on their skills. (AP)

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