Loeb leads Dakar Rally at halfway point

Sebastian Loeb (AFP Photo)
Sebastian Loeb (AFP Photo)

Salta - Sebastien Loeb leads the Dakar Rally at the midway point by more than two minutes from French countryman Stephane Peterhansel.

Carlos Sainz won the seventh stage on Saturday, 38 seconds ahead of Loeb.

Loeb was 2 minutes, 22 seconds ahead of Peterhansel, and 4:50 in front of Sainz.

In the motorcycle division, Paulo Goncalves of Portugal was the leader, 3:12 ahead of Toby Price of Australia, and 9:24 clear of Stefan Svitko of Slovakia.

Antoine Meo of France won the stage.

The Dakar Rally, running in Argentina and Bolivia, resumes on Monday and ends next Saturday in Rosario, Argentina.

2016 Dakar Rally Overall Standings

Cars

1. Sébastien Loeb   (FRA)   21:46:28
2. Stéphane Peterhansel   (FRA)   +00:02:22
3. Carlos Sainz   (ESP)   +00:04:50
4. Nasser Al-Attiyah   (QAT)   +00:17:36
5. Mikko Hirvonen   (FIN)    +00:32:53
6. Giniel de Villiers   (ZAF)   +00:33:41

Bike

1. Paulo Gonçalves   (POR)   22:52:30
2. Toby Price   (AUS)   00:03:12
3. Stefan Svitko   (SVK)   +00:09:24
4. Pablo Quintanilla   (CHL)   +00:18:06
5. Kevin Benavides   (ARG)   +00:21:01
6. Antoine Méo   (FRA)   +00:21:06

Trucks

1. Pieter Versluis    (NLD)    21:01:56
2. Gerard de Rooy   (NLD)   +00:05:31
3. Ayrat Mardeev   (RUS)   +00:10:48
4. Eduard Nikolaev   (RUS)   +00:10:54
5. Hans Stacey   (NLD)   +00:11:28

Quads

1. Alejandro Patronelli   (ARG)   27:02:31
2. Marcos Patronelli   (ARG)   +00:03:36
3. Sergei Kariakin   (RUS)    +00:07:51
4. Jeremias Gonzalez   (ARG)   +00:26:03
5. Alexis Hernandez   (PER)   +00:27:09


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