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Last Updated: Tuesday, 3 January 2006, 15:14 GMT
Sainz regains grip on Dakar rally
Carlos Sainz
Sainz has won three of the first four stages of the Dakar Rally
Carlos Sainz recaptured the overall lead with victory in Tuesday's fourth stage of the Dakar Rally in Morocco.

The twice world rally champion, making his debut, has won three of the first four stages in his Volkswagen Touareg.

The Spaniard was two minutes ahead of Frenchman Thierry Magnaldi's Schlesser-Ford buggy in the 386km stage, the first featuring sand dunes.

In the bikes, Isidre Esteve beat fellow Spaniard Marc Coma, who now leads from France's Cyril Despres overall.

The KTM riders were again in a class of their own, filling the top six places.

Overall, Sainz leads from two other Volkswagen drivers, Frenchman Bruno Saby and German Jutta Kleinschmidt.

Mitsubishi driver Luc Alphand of France was third fastest on Tuesday, over three minutes off the pace.

Thursday's fifth stage is an 819-km drive in Morocco from Ouarzazate to Tan Tan. The race ends on 15 January in Senegal.

Stage 4 classification (Er Rachidia - Ouarzazate, 386km): Cars:

1 Carlos Sainz (Spa) Volkswagen 3hrs 52mins 48secs
2 Thierry Magnaldi (Fra) Schles-Ford-Raid at 2mins 00secs
3 Luc Alphand (Fra) Mitsubishi at 3:10
4 Giniel de Viliers (Rsa) Volkswagen at 3:16
5 Bruno Saby (Fra) Volkswagen at 4:53
6 Jutta Kleinschmidt (Ger) Volkswagen at 5:08
7 Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah (Qat) BMW at 5:31
8 Jean-Louis Schlesser (Fra) Schles-Ford-Raid at 5:32
9 Josep-Maria Servia (Spa) Schles-Ford-Raid at 6:29
10 Mark Miller (USA) Volkswagen at 7:41


1 Isidre Esteve Pujol (Spa) KTM 4hrs 13mins 01secs
2 Marc Coma (Spa) KTM at 28secs
3 Carlo de Gavardo (Chi) KTM at 5:15
4 Cyril Despres (Fra) KTM at 6:50
5 David Casteu (Fra) KTM at 15:41
6 Andy Caldecott (Aus) KTM at 17:44
7 David Fretigne (Fra) Yamaha at 18:39
8 Giovanni Sala (Ita) KTM at 20:32
9 Pal Anders Ullevalseter (Nor) KTM at 21:33
10 Jean De Azevedo (Bra) KTM at 24:24

Leading overall positions after Stage 4:

Cars: 1 Carlos Sainz (Spa) Volkswagen 9hrs 21mins 18secs
2 Bruno Saby (Fra) Volkswagen at 4mins 51secs
3 Jutta Kleinschmidt (Ger) Volkswagen at 5:09
4 Luc Alphand (Fra) Mitsubishi at 6:39
5 Giniel De Viliers (Rsa) Volkswagen at 6:53
6 Jean-Louis Schlesser (Fra) Schles-Ford-Raid at 9:02


1 Marc Coma (Spa) KTM 10hrs 17mins 57secs
2 Isidre Esteve Pujol (Spa) KTM at 4mins 51secs
3 Cyril Despres (Fra) KTM at 5:06
4 Carlo De Gavardo (Chi) KTM at 7:12
5 David Casteu (Fra) KTM at 19:35
6 Andy Caldecott (Aus) KTM at 19:41

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