Rally Raid - Cars: Roma regains overall lead as Sainz loses over an hour

Spain’s Nani Roma stayed clear of trouble to win stage five of the Dakar Rally and regain the overall lead as a number of contenders lost time in temperatures that neared 40 degrees.

Roma finished four minutes, 20 seconds clear of second-placed Giniel De Villiers in second with third-placed Robby Gordon finishing over 20 minutes off the pace.

The sandy stage from Chilecito to Tucuman was cut by 99 kilometres due to the conditions, but that did not prevent overnight leader Carlos Sainz losing over an hour due to an electrical problem.

France’s defending champion Stephane Peterhansel relinquished over 20 minutes after taking a wrong turn which left the Frenchman 40 minutes adrift in the overall standings while Qatar’s 2011 victor Nasser Al-Attiyah lost time after getting stuck.

"We had a flawless run," said Roma.

"The conditions were very challenging but our preparations paid off and the MINI ALL4 Racing was in tiptop shape. A good day for us. Onto the next now."

Roma has a lead of 26 minutes and 28 seconds over Al-Attiyah.

Stage five result

1 Nani Roma (ESP) 4:27:01

2 Giniel de Villiers (RSA) 4:31:21 +04:20

3 Robby Gordon (USA) 4:47:13 +20:12

4 Orlando Terranova (ARG) 4:47:45 +20:44

5 Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT) 4:48:39 +21:38

6 Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA) 4:50:56 +23:55

7 Lucio Ezequiel Alvarez (ARG) 4:52:46 +25:45

8 Adam Malysz (POL) 4:54:19 +27:18

9 Marek Dabrowski (POL) 4:56:21 +29:20

10 Erik van Loon (NED) 5:06:20 +39:19

Overall standings

1 Nani Roma 19:21:54

2 Nasser Al-Attiyah + 26:28

3 Orlando Terranova + 31:46

4 Stéphane Peterhansel + 39:59

5 Giniel de Villiers + 41:24

6 Carlos Sainz + 59:43

7 Christian Lavieille + 1:41:50

8 Federico Villagra + 1:42:42

9 Marek Dabrowski + 1:45:58

10 Pascal Thomasse + 2:12:10