Peterhansel extends Dakar lead

Stephane Peterhansel in a Mini won the seventh stage of the Dakar Rally on Friday to increase his overall lead in the cars competition, while a French motorcyclist became the third person killed in connection with this year’s race.

Peterhansel now leads by 3 minutes, 14 seconds ahead of Nasser Al-Attiyah of Qatar as the car category shapes up to be a two-man race. Third-place Giniel de Villier is 44 minutes behind the leader.

In bikes, Kurt Caselli of the United States won the high-altitude stage across the Andes with Olivier Pain of France keeping the overall lead.

The stage was overshadowed by the death of French motorcyclist Thomas Bourgin, who collided with a Chilean police car. The accident comes after two people died when their taxi collided with a Dakar Rally support vehicle late Wednesday.