Leading positions in the Paris-Dakar rally after the 12th leg over 392 miles of timed stages from Bakel, Senegal. Cars: 1 P Lartigue Citroen 58:56:08 2 B Saby Mitsubishi +3:54:17 3 K Shinozuka Mitsubishi +4:20:57 4 T Salonen Citroen +7:48:42 5 A Vatanen Citroen +17:03:47
Motorcycles: 1 S Peterhansel Yamaha 67:07:53 2 J Arcarons Cagiva at +6:53 3 T Magnaldi Yamaha +19:43 4 E Orioli Cagiva +44:23 5 O Gallardo Cagiva +2:16:19
Pierre Lartigue strengthened his stranglehold on the Rally by winning the very muddy 12th stage of the rally. Barring mechanical breakdown he will almost assuredly win the rally with only a couple of stages remaining. Ari Vatanen, who was leading the rally until a broken radiator put paid to his chances, was second on this stage 2 minutes and 20 seconds behind.
Bruno Saby retook second place overall after his teammate Frontenay lost an enormous amount of time with a broken radiator.
The motorcycles offered most of the excitement with Stephane Peterhansel winning this stage by roughly 19 minutes and as a consequence vaulted from 3rd to 1st. With only 2 days remaining, the finish of this section holds plenty of excitement.