TERMAS DE RIO HONDO, Argentina (AFP) -Qatari driver Nasser Al-Attiyah continued his dominance of the Dakar Rally on Thursday as he won his fifth car stage and closed in on a second success after his maiden win in 2011.
The 44-year-old, who won an Olympic bronze in skeet shooting at the 2012 London Games, drove his Mini to a 27sec win over teammate Orlando Terranova, on the
520km route (194km timed) from Salta to Termas de Rio Hondo.
South African Giniel de Villiers in a Toyota was third, 39secs back.
It was the 10th win in 11 stages for Mini who now stand on the brink of a fourth success in the gruelling annual event.
Al-Attiyah now holds an overall lead of nearly 30mins on de Villiers with two days until the finish at Buenos Aires where the race began.