Coma, Al-Attiyah build hefty leads in Dakar Rally
CHILECITO, Argentina – Marc Coma in bikes and Nasser Al-Attiyah in cars built up hefty leads after Wednesday’s 10th stage of the Dakar Rally to close in on the overall victory as the race returned to Argentina ahead of Sunday’s finish in Buenos Aires.
The stage crossed a 13,000-foot pass in the Andes, with Coma winning the bikes category in 3 hours, 6 minutes, 35 seconds.
The Spaniard won in 2009 and leads Cyril Despres of France in the overall standings by 18:10.
Al-Attiyah finished fourth Wednesday, 8:54 behind winner Giniel de Villiers of South Africa. The driver from Qatar has an overall lead of 18:13 on defending champion Carlos Sainz of Spain.