Peterhansel powers to Dakar stage win

Updated: Friday, 11 Jan 2013 21:09

Stephane Peterhansel won his 61st Dakar Rally stage to increase his overall lead ahead of Nasser Al Attiyah in the car race today.

On a day that the event mourned another fatality following the death of motorcycle rider Thomas Bourdin, Peterhansel powered his mini into an overall lead of three minutes 14 seconds.

In the bike race, Kurt Caselli won on his KTM, becoming the first newcomer to the event to win a stage since Ruben Faria in 2006.

Olivier Pain continues to lead overall, but Francisco Lopez closed the gap in climbing up to second place.

In the quads, Marcos Patronelli continues to lead overall but again narrowly missed on a stage win as Sebastian Palma pipped him.

French rider Bourgin was killed in an accident ahead of today's seventh stage from Calama to Salta, becoming the third death at the rally in the last two days.

The 25-year-old collided with a Chilean police car at 8.23am local time as he made his way to the start of the stage via a mountainous link route.

Rally organisers confirmed an inquiry had been opened into the causes of the accident.

Bourgin, from St Etienne, was competing in the Dakar Rally for the first time and had been lying in 68th place overall before today's crash.