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Sport Day 2 of Dakar Rally puts France's Despres in the lead

00:10  08 january  2018
00:10  08 january  2018 Source:   ap.org

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PISCO, Peru (AP) — Frenchman Cyril Despres of Peugeot has won the second round of the Dakar Rally and taken the overall lead of the race. The third place in last year’ s edition was timed on Sunday at 2 hours, 56 minutes and 51 seconds for the 195 miles (267 kilometers) around Pisco, in Peru.

Despres leads the overall classification by 27 seconds on Peterhansel. Sunday' s race was marked by a series of accidents, including one that affected American driver Bryce Menzies of Mini. In the motorcycles race, Spain' s Joan Barreda Bort of Honda clocked in at 2 :56:44 to win the second round.

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PISCO, Peru (AP) — Frenchman Cyril Despres of Peugeot won the second round of the Dakar Rally on Sunday and took the overall lead of the race.

The Dakar Rally (or simply "The Dakar "; formerly known as the "Paris– Dakar Rally ") is an annual rally raid organised by the Amaury Sport Organisation. Most events since the inception in 1978 were from Paris, France , to Dakar , Senegal, but due to security threats in Mauritania

PISCO, Peru (AP) Frenchman Cyril Despres of Peugeot has won the second round of the Dakar Rally and taken the overall lead of the race.

The third place in last year's edition was timed on Sunday at 2 hours, 56 minutes and 51 seconds for the 195 miles (267 kilometers) around Pisco, in Peru. He finished ahead of two French teammates, with a 48-second lead on Stephane Peterhansel and 3:08 in front of Sebastien Loeb.

Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah, who won the first round, ended nearly 15 minutes behind the leader in fifth.

Despres leads the overall classification by 27 seconds on Peterhansel.

Sunday's race was marked by a series of accidents, including one that affected American driver Bryce Menzies of Mini. Menzies was unharmed by the crash.

Dakar leader Sainz penalized 10 minutes; stage canceled .
Spanish Dakar leader Carlos Sainz was penalized 10 minutes on Monday for "potentially dangerous behaviour"The 55-year-old Peugeot driver was punished by the Dakar disciplinary committee over an incident with Dutch quad rider Kees Koolen, who accused him of hitting his vehicle and not stopping.

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