Lima - Gazoo Toyota Racing SA driver Nasser Al-Attiyah of Qatar extended his Dakar Rally lead on Thursday after winning the fourth stage from Arequipa to Tacna in southern Peru.
Al-Attiyah completed the 406km special timed stage with a lead of eight minutes and 55 seconds over 13 times winner Stephane Peterhansel, who was ahead of him on the road in a Mini at the start of the day.
Peterhansel finished runner-up in the stage to move up to second place.
"We won the stage, but there is perhaps still a faster car out there. It was very important to catch Stephane and stay with him all the way. I’m quite happy. Everything is okay – there are no problems," said Al-Attiyah.
Thursday's stage was the first part of a 'marathon leg', with competitors not allowed any external assistance until they return to Arequipa on Friday.