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Peterhansel retains Dakar crown

20 January 2013 06:04

Stephane Peterhansel claimed a record fifth Dakar Rally on Saturday to break Ari Vatanen's 25-year record.

The Frenchman added to his 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2012 crowns on four wheels and six titles on a motorcycle at the gruelling endurance event.

Spaniard Nani Roma won the event's 14th and final stage from La Serena to Santiago in Chile, while Peterhansel was down in 10th.

Roma finished 13 seconds ahead of Argentine Orlando Terranova on the stage and took his fourth stage win on the 150-kilometre leg into the Chilean capital.

Peterhansel took overall victory by 42 minutes and 22 seconds over South Africa's Giniel de Villiers in his Toyota.

"This is the first time since I started racing in cars that we've finished a race without a single mechanical problem," Peterhansel said.

"This is the best car I've ever driven."

Another Frenchman, Cyril Despres, successfully defended his title in the motorbike category after finishing in 14th place on the final stage.

Marcos Patronelli from Argentina won the quad class by close to two hours, while Russian Eduard Nikolaev clinched his first Dakar title in the truck class.

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