France's former world ski champion Luc Alphand won stage 14 of the Dakar Rally for his second victory in three days.
The BMW driver covered the 548km run between Ayoun El Atrous and Tidjikja in Mauritania in six hours 51 minutes seven seconds.
Dakar debutant Colin McRae was more than 14 minutes adrift in second.
Stephan Peterhansel took third to maintain his overall lead as four-time winner Ari Vatanen crashed out after hitting a tree at speed.
Alphand, the 1997 alpine skiing world champion, fought a close duel with McRae all stage.
He said: "In the dunes, I saw McRae and told
myself 'I'm going to try and impress him and overtake him'.
"That's what I did but I think it annoyed him as he overtook me
again later. On the finish line he said 'I thought you were a
Peterhansel has an overall cushion of 1:05:04 over Japan's Hiroshi Masuoka in a Mitsubishi.
Meanwhile, Vatanen said: "It was 100% my fault. We knocked the tree down but knocked our car out, too."
The Nissan driver, winner in 1987, 1989, 1990 and 1991, had been lying 28th overall in his 11th Dakar Rally.
He had won four stages in this year's race before his accident.
Leading positions after stage 14:
1. S Peterhansel (Fra) Mitsubishi
43 hours 46 minutes three seconds
2. H Masuoka (Jpn) Mitsubishi +1:05:04
3. J-L Schlesser (Fra) Schlesser-Ford +2:31:44
4. L Alphand (Fra) BMW +3:38:29
5. A Mayer (Ger) Mitsubishi +5:21:35
Also: 10 C McRae (Gbr) Nissan +17:07:30
1. N Roma (Spa) KTM
46 hours 16 minutes 24 seconds
2. R Sainct (Fra) KTM +9:40
3. C Despres (Fra) KTM +41:25
4. A Cox (Rsa) KTM +43:43
5. P-G Lundmark (Swe) KTM +1:18:49