Updated: Monday, 13 January 2014 04:05 | By Agence France-Presse

Spain to the fore as Sainz, Barreda claim Dakar 7th stage

Former winner Carlos Sainz won the seventh car stage of the Dakar Rally on Sunday with his fellow Spaniard Joan Barreda claiming the motorbike section.


Spain to the fore as Sainz, Barreda claim Dakar 7th stage

Spanish SMG driver Carlos Sainz competes during the Stage 6 of the Dakar 2014 between Tucuman and Salta, Argentina, on January 9, 2014

After Saturday's rest day the gruelling rally resumed for the cars with a 500 kilometre circuit around Salta in Argentina.

The bikes and quads finished their day's racing across the Bolivian border in the nearby town of Uyuni.

Barreda, riding a Honda, is placed second in the overall motorbike standings, over 38 minutes behind his compatriot Marc Coma (KTM), with another Spanish rider, Jordi Viladoms (KTM), in third at over one hour and a quarter.

Despite his performance on Sunday, Sainz is way off the pace in the auto standings - almost two hours back in sixth - which are led by another Spaniard, Nani Roma (driving a Mini), ahead of France's Stephane Peterhansel (Mini) and South Africa's Giniel De Villiers (Toyota).

Monday's eighth stage finishes in Calama in Chile, the third and final country visited in the 2014 Dakar.

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