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South African Lategan wins Dakar fifth stage, Al-Attiyah retains lead

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Thu, 2022-01-06 19:46

JEDDAH: South African driver Henk Lategan won the fifth stage of the Dakar Rally on Thursday as three-time champion Nasser Al-Attiyah retained his overall lead.

Lategan claimed his first Dakar stage win in his Toyota, finishing one minute and 58 seconds quicker than nine-time world rally champion Sebastien Loeb.

Lategan said a door of his car broke just 10km into the 421km stage, while he also suffered a puncture.

“I still don’t believe it,” he said. “I’m not sure what happened. We’ve honestly had a day from hell…

Toyota's South African driver Henk Lategan and co-driver Brett Cummings of South Africa compete during the Stage 5 of the Dakar 2022 around Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, on Jan. 6. (AFP)
Frenchman Sebastian Loeb still trails Qatar's Al-Attiyah by more than half an hour. (Supplied)
BRX pilot Orlando Terranova. (Supplied)
BRX pilot Nani Roma. (Supplied)
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