Dakar - Cars: Roma takes overall lead with stage three win

Nani Roma took the third stage from San Rafael to San Juan with a time of two hours, 58 minutes and 52 seconds.

Dakar - Cars: Roma takes overall lead with stage three win

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Nani Roma of Spain drives his Mini during the third stage of the Dakar Rally 2014, from San Rafael to San Juan, January 7, 2014 (Reuters)

Roma finished 1:07 ahead of Krzysztof Holowczyc of Poland; while Leeroy Poulter came in 3:19 short of Roma’s time.

The win saw the Spanish driver move to the top of the overall standings where he holds a 09:06 lead over Orlando Terranova, with 11-time champion Stephane Peterhansel down in fifth in the overall standings.

Peterhansel finished in 28th on day three after suffering six punctures.

"I've never known a Dakar stage like this one," said a frustrated Peterhansel.

"It was a nightmare today. We punctured six times! Unfortunately, we opened on the course and we paid for it."

Stage three results

1 Nani Roma (ESP) 2:58:52

2 Krzystof Holowczyc (POL) 2:59:59 +01:07

3 Leeroy Poulter (RSA) 3:02:11 +03:19

4 Orlando Terranova (ARG) 3:03:46 +04:54

5 Guerlain Chicherit (FRA) 3:05:44 +06:52

6 Robby Gordon (USA) 3:05:54 +07:02

7 Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT) 3:09:01 +10:09

8 Erik Wevers (NED) 3:09:31 +10:39

9 Federico Villagra (ARG) 3:09:46 +10:54

10 Erik van Loon (NED) 3:09:53 +11:01

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