Peterhansel takes shock Dakar lead
Mini's driver Stephane Peterhansel and co-driver Jean Paul Cottret, both of France, compete during the Stage 11 of the Dakar 2014 between Antofagasta and El Salvador, on January 16, 2014 - by Franck Fife
The French driver, who has six career wins in the motorcycling section of the gruelling marathon and five on four wheels, now looks certain to claim a 12th title on Saturday's final stage.
Overnight leader Nani Roma had a 5min 32sec advantage over his Mini teammate Peterhansel going into the 12th stage from El Salvador to La Serena in Chile.
And with Nasser Al-Attiyah in third, Mini ordered all three drivers to hold their positions on Friday to guarantee a team podium sweep.
But Roma lost pace throughout the day leaving Peterhansel with a 26-second overall lead going into Saturday's final 157km timed run into Valparaiso.