Leading after yesterday's first African stage, the Mitsubishi team suffered today, with Hiroshi Masuoka retiring after rolling his Pajero, and Stephane Peterhansel losing 17 minutes due to a navigational error. Luc Alphand remains in fourth, 6 min. 39 sec. behind Sainz.
Robby Gordon, meanwhile, lost nearly 4 hours with transmission problems, although he hopes to continue the race after repairs.
North American readers have daily TV coverage of the Dakar on Outdoor Life Network.
[Sources: Volkswagen Motorsport, dakar.com, teamdakarusa.com]