Dakar - Cars: Peterhansel retains control as racing resumes

After stage 11 was washed out, Stephane Peterhansel resumed normal service to protect his general standings lead on stage 12.

The Frenchman secured a top five finish on the day as his Mini team-mate Nani Roma came through strongly to win the 392km stage between Fiambala and Copiapo.

But Peterhansel's lead over the Toyota of Giniel de Villiers is a full 50 minutes and 21 seconds, with Roma a further 40 minutes adrift.

De Villiers, despite admitting it had been a difficult day, said he had not given up hope of overhauling the Dakar veteran.

"We're trying," he said, "and it's not over yet."

Stage 12 results

1 Nani Roma (ESP) 3:36:34

2 Robby Gordon (USA) 3:40:52 +04:18

3 Giniel de Villiers (RSA) 3:40:59 +04:25

4 Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA) 3:42:37 +06:03

5 Orlando Terranova (ARG) 3:43:00 +06:26

6 Lucio Ezequiel Alvarez (ARG) 3:45:59 +09:25

7 Carlos Sousa (POR) 3:46:32 +09:58

8 Ronan Chabot (FRA) 3:46:52 +10:18

9 Leonid Novitskiy (RUS) 3:51:44 +15:10

10 Zhou Yong (CHN) 3:59:22 +22:48

Overall standings

1 Stéphane Peterhansel 32:50:02

2 Giniel de Villiers + 50:21

3 Nani Roma + 1:31:06

4 Leonid Novitskiy + 1:34:47

5 Orlando Terranova + 2:01:50

6 Carlos Sousa + 2:39:46

7 Ronan Chabot + 3:03:11

8 Pascal Thomasse + 4:14:26

9 Geoffrey Olholm + 4:29:11

10 Boris Garafulic + 4:32:00