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Sainz fastest in first stage - Dakar Rally 2011 live online - racing live Spain's Carlos Sainz got his title defence off to a strong start by winning the first stage of the cars section at the Dakar Rally between Victoria and here on Sunday.
Starting first in his Volkswagen, Sainz was fastest in the day's 222km special which was troubled by some rain storms, covering the distance in 2hr 18min 32sec to finish 1min 31sec ahead of France's Stephane Peterhansel in a BMW.
Qatari driver Nasser Al-Attiyah, runner-up last year to Sainz, is sitting third after finishing 2min 16sec behind the Spaniard.