Dakar Rally: Sainz wins stage two

Updated: 22 March 2007 06:37 IST

Day two of the Dakar Rally saw the field travel from Portimao in Portugal to Malaga in Spain, over a mountainous trek of 545 km, with 67 of those timed.

Dakar Rally: Sainz wins stage two

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Day two of the Dakar Rally saw the field travel from Portimao in Portugal to Malaga in Spain, over a mountainous trek of 545 kilometres, with 67 of those timed.While the main drivers were getting into their stride early on in the event, former world rally driver Ari Vatanen was having a day he would like to forget.The Volkswagen driver saw his chances of overall victory disappear when he flooded his VW Touareg's engine in a river ford crossing, and dropped down the field."There is not much to explain. Just got water in the engine, that's it," said Ari Vatanen, Volkswagen.However, his teammate, Carlos Sainz of Spain, was having no such worries. Sainz went on to win the stage, clocking 59 minutes and 26 seconds.Sousa leadsOn the other hand, Sainz's team-mate and compatriot Carlos Sousa, who won Saturday's opening stage, retained the overall lead by 45 seconds after finishing ninth on Sunday. . Mitsubishi's Luc Alphand made up for losing time with a puncture on stage one to finish stage two with the same time as team-mate Nani Roma.Roma and Alphand both timed 59.55 to finish second and third respectively, both 29 seconds behind Sainz.France's Stephane Peterhansel and Japan's Hiroshi Masuoka, both of Mitsubishi, came fourth and fifth.Rodrigues in controlIn the motorcycle section, Portuguese Helder Rodrigues captured the overall lead from compatriot and fellow Yamaha rider Ruben Faria with Spaniard Isidre Esteve on a KTM in third place.After Malaga, the race crosses onto Africa, taking in Morocco, Mauritania, Mali and the Senegal capital Dakar, where the competitors are scheduled to finish the race on January 20.The following day, the remaining racers will participate in the first Grand Prix du Lac Rose - an exhibition race.



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