Sainz takes back-to-back stage wins to lead Dakar

Toyota's driver Giniel De Villiers of South Africa and his co-driver Dirk Von Zitzewitz of Germany compete during Stage 7 of the 2018 Dakar Rally between La Paz and Uyuni Bolivia

Sainz himself felt it was a hard day in Bolivia, particularly when off-piste driving was required, but he says the whole rally is all about keeping focus and surviving, particularly after the troubles the other three Peugeot drivers - Peterhansel, Cyril Despres and Sebastien Loeb - have endured in the opening seven stages.

Mena had another good stage as he finished the stage at 17th position which gave him 30th position in overall standings with a timing of 23 hours, 24 minutes and 2 seconds.

After finishing Saturday's stage from La Paz to Uyuni in a time of 5hrs 19min 53sec - 8:43min behind victor Joan Barreda Bort of Spain - 2016 champion Price is 13:34 behind leader Adrien van Beveren.

Van Beveren leads the overall standings with a timing of 21 hours, 49 minutes and 18 seconds.

Barreda finished the seventh stage with a 2min 51sec advantage over Van Beveren and 8min 02sec in front of Argentina's Kevin Benavides, the Honda rider who had led the race overnight.

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Delivering his best performance of the race thus far, Giniel de Villiers grabbed second place on the seventh stage of the Dakar Rally on Saturday. He was stuck for a highly costly one hour and 45 minutes, dropping the Peugeot driver down the rankings.

Al-Attiyah's teammates, De Villiers and Dutch driver Bernhard ten Brinke, were lying fourth and fifth overall respectively, with the local Toyota Gazoo Racing SA outfit putting up a strong fight in the chase.

Overnight leader and defending champion Peterhansel finished 1:48:00 behind Sainz after his Peugeot struck a rock and required repairs.

The rally has already reached Uyuni from La Paz in this stage and will head towards Tupiza, deeper into Bolivia.

Stage 8 will see the rally move through to Tupiza for the second leg of the marathon stage, which will test the riders with the longest special stage of the rally, covering almost 500 kms, including a high altitude dune crossing.

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