Dakar - Cars: Former champ Sainz takes early lead

Carlos Sainz won the opening car stage of the 2013 Dakar Rally after the short 13km trek from Lima to Pisco.

Dakar - Cars: Former champ Sainz takes early lead

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Carlos Sainz

The 2010 champion completed the course in his Volkswagen in a time of seven minutes and 40 seconds to build up an early lead over Toyota's Lucio Alvarez who was eight seconds back.

In third place, a further two seconds back, was Guerlain Chicherit (SMG) and defending champion Nasser al-Attiyah, who like Sainz is in a Volkswagen, was fourth.

Stage One result

1 Carlos Sainz (ESP)7:40

2 Lucio Ezequiel Alvarez (ARG) +08

3 Guerlain Chicherit (FRA) +10

4 Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT) +10

5 Ronan Chabot (FRA) +12

6 Krzystof Holowczyc (POL) +34

7 Leonid Novitskiy (RUS) +34

8 Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA) +34

9 Giniel de Villiers (RSA) +35

10 Nani Roma (ESP) +37


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