Carlos Sainz has moved into the overall lead at the 2016 Dakar Rally having taken victory on stage nine which was shortened due to extreme conditions.

After a sluggish start to Tuesday's stage the former F1 driver ended the morning 10th and three minutes off the pace but made rapid progress through the field to take the stage lead by 10 seconds at the second control point, before the stage was suspended due to dangerously high temperatures.

Former leader Stephane Peterhansel, who inherited top spot from Sebastien Loeb after he rolled his Peugeot on Monday, suffered a difficult day after sustaining punctures and getting stuck in the sand. The French driver eventually lost over nine minutes on Sainz to drop to second place, 7m 3s off the pace.

Loeb's Dakar Rally went from bad to worse as he got stuck in sand dunes four times on Tuesday before needing a driveshaft replacement which lost him over an hour and dropped him to 13th overall, 2h 16m 54s behind Sainz.

It was a second consecutive strong day for the Mini-BMW drivers with Eric Van Loon and former WRC champion Mikko Hirvonen taking second and third place on stage nine after defending Dakar Rally winner Nasser Al-Attiyah had initially led proceedings before suffering two punctures.

There was a late twist to the day's action as stewards investigated Peterhansel after it was suspected he made a refuelling infringement in an unauthorised zone.

Any penalties dished out to Peterhansel could see Al-Attiyah benefit as he currently sits third in the overall standings, 14m 38s off of leader Sainz, with Hirvonen in fourth place 20 minutes behind the Qatari driver.



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