Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 22 October 2014

Former World champ Sainz wins 2nd stage of Dakar Rally

Former world champion Carlos Sainz put all of his experience to good use as he won the second stage of the Dakar Rally which crossed from Portugal into Spain.

The Volkswagen driver took the short special stage on day two as the field moved from Portimao to Malaga in Spain.

Sainz took the win by 29 seconds from fellow Spaniard Nani Roma in a Mitsubishi to move up to second in the overall rankings.

Sainz said: ``There were many types of tracks today and so many levels of grip. At places, the wheels were spinning a lot and the road was narrow. It was a nice stage but not an easy one. Generally speaking, I enjoyed the Portuguese stages more than last year and we are happy with our results.''

Sainz was pleased to settle into his stride so early in the event: ``As a conclusion, the car is competitive and we managed these two days in Portugal quite well,'' he added.

Leader Carlos Sousa came in ninth in a Volkswagen and now heads Sainz by 45 seconds in the overall standings.

Portugal's Helder Rodrigues (Yamaha) made it a second home win in the motorcycle category as he edged out countryman Ruben Faria (Yamaha) who had beaten him into second on day one.

Following a sea crossing to Morocco the third stage will be from Nadar to Er Rachidia.

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