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   Friday, 10 January, 2003, 13:32 GMT
Dakar rally hots up

Mitsubishi team-mates Hiroshi Masuoka of Japan and Stephane Peterhansel of France race side by side
Little separates Mitsubishi team-mates Hiroshi Masuoka and Stephane Peterhansel as they tussle for the lead

Japanese driver Kenjiro Shinozuka rides over a sand dune as a helicopter monitors his progress
1997 winner Kenjiro Shinozuka makes a steady recovery after being badly injured during stage eight

Nani Roma of Italy leads the way as Belgian Jean-Marc Warrant's bike burns in the eighth leg
The top four in the motorbikes ride a close race, though the difficult conditions cause burnouts

French Simon Droux lies down next to his KTM after falling and injuring his leg
French driver Simon Droux lies prone on the desert as a bad fall on the rocky terrain injures his leg

Motorcyclists chase each other through the Libyan desert during the Ghadames-Ghat stage
Motorbike racers create a beautiful scene as vapour trails illuminate the dusky sunset in the Libyan desert

Hiroshi Masuoka and co-driver German Andreas Schulz drive their Nisan Pajero during the sixth stage
Hiroshi Masuoka wins stage eight but remains over six minutes behind overall leader Peterhansel

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10 Jan 03 | Motorsport
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