Volkswagen's Carlos Sainz has swept into the overall lead of the 2009 Dakar Rally after winning stage two of this year's event.
The Spaniard jumped up a place from second after provisional leader Nasser Al-Attiyah endured a navigational problem that put him directly behind Sainz on the road and unable to pass in the excessive dust.
As such, Sainz's time over the 237km Santa Rosa de la Pampa - Puerto Madryn stage was enough to put him just over a minute quicker than Stephane Peterhansel, who in turn proved Mitsubishi's new offering will be more than capable of victory challenge in its first year.
Sainz's team-mate Giniel De Villiers was third quickest on the stage, allowing him to move into second place overall, while Nani Roma, Luc Alphand and Nissan's Krzysztof Holowczyc were fourth, fifth and sixth best.
Al-Attiyah, meanwhile, could only manage the ninth best time, behind Mark Miller and Oscar Terranova, while Robby Gordon's Hummer rounded out the top ten.
In the overall standings, Peterhansel follows the Volkswagen duo in third, with Al-Attiyah down to fourth in his BMW. Roma and Alphand follow, albeit six minutes off the lead.
Argentina-Chile Dakar 2009 - Positions on SS2:
1. Carlos Sainz
Volkswagen Touareg 01hrs 56m 14s
2. Stephane Peterhansel
Mitsubishi Racing Lancer +0hrs 01m 14s
3. Giniel de Villiers
Volkswagen Touareg +0hrs 01m 56s
4. Nani Roma
Mitsubishi Racing Lancer +0hrs 02m 48s
5. Luc Alphand
Mitsubishi Racing Lancer +0hrs 03m 54s
6. Krzystof Holowczyc
Nissan Navara +0hrs 05m 46s
Argentina-Chile Dakar 2009 - Positions after SS2:
1. Carlos Sainz
Volkswagen Touareg 04hrs 34m 46s
2. Giniel de Villiers
Volkswagen Touareg +0hrs 02m 19s
3. Stephane Peterhansel
Mitsubishi Racing Lancer +0hrs 03m 51s
4. Nasser Al-Attiyah
BMW X3 CC+0hrs 04m 15s
5. Nani Roma
Mitsubishi Racing Lancer +0hrs 05m 42s
6. Luc Alphand
Mitsubishi Racing Lancer +0hrs 06m 21s