Rally: Headache reduces Nasser Al-Attiyah’s Dakar lead

Overall leader of the 2015 Dakar, Nasser Al-Attiyah lost some ground on Saturday.

The Qatari driver suffered from altitude sickness during the seventh stage of the event, which is partially run some 3,500 metres above sea level.

"I suffered from rather bad headache that made me feel every single hole and bump," he said after finishing only in seventh place. "Now I need to recover (...)."

It will be difficult for Al-Attiyah to recover on Sunday, as competitors complete a gruelling two-day, 830-kilometre marathon with no help from the assistance crew, and again altitudes of over 3,500 metres.

Overall standings (after day 7):

1 Nasser Al-Attiyah, MINI, 23h11m50
2 Giniel de Villiers, Toyota, +8m14
3 Yazeed Al-Rajhi, Toyota, +21m16
4 Krzysztof Holowczyc, MINI, +54m02
5 Bernhard Ten Brinke, Toyota, +57m03

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