Al-Attiyah works his way up to third place in the overall standings
In the general standings, Spaniard Nani Roma thus lost almost a third of his lead and now only has an advantage of 23'46 over Stéphane Peterhansel.
Nani Roma defends his overall lead.
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The eleven-time Dakar champion and winner of the 2012 and 2013 Dakar in the MINI ALL4 Racing sealed the day victory, 28 seconds ahead of Carlos Sainz.
A record-setting eleven MINI ALL4 Racing cars will compete in the 36th Dakar edition spearheaded by 11-time champion Stéphane Peterhansel.
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Rest day in Tucumán, Argentina, gives the Dakar competitors a chance to regroup and get the much needed sleep before they tackle the 9th stage.
Casteu takes over, it's sink or swim for the cars.
Wet Argentinean stage ends early for Cars and officials delay final call. Barreda takes Bikes win in morning, though, while category leaders run astray.
It was a day where the overall leaders held their ground even without winning the first special stage in Chile today. Now those who remain will rest in Calama before taking on their next challenge in the magnificent Andes mountain range.
Robby Gordon crashed and Carlos Sainz got lost as Nasser Al-Attiyah edged his buggy closer to the leading Mini today. Husqvarna and Yamaha both won big in Bikes, while the Trucks lead finally shuffles.
Toyo Tires® wins first three stages of the 2013 Dakar®
Olympic Gold medal winner Nasser Al-Attiyah took the Car victory on the third say of Dakar 2013. Local hero Francisco Lopez now has two stage wins in the Bike classification. Triple winner now in Trucks, and Patronelli holds Quad lead.
Mikko Jalonen, Dakar correspondent