Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz of the Toyota Imperial SA Dakar team finished stage ten in fourth place, retaining their overall standing in the number four spot.
Qatar’s Nasser Al-Attiyah and Spanish co-driver Lucas Cruz (Mini) won the stage by 3m 50s from team-mates and defending champions Stephane Peterhansel and Jean Paul Cottret of France (Mini). Third were Nani Roma of Spain and Michel Perin of France (Mini), 13m 45s in arrears and 14m 30s ahead of De Villiers and Von Zitzewitz.
In the overall standings, Roma and Perin still lead, but second-placed Peterhansel and Cottret have reduced the gap from 12m 10s to 2m 15s. Al-Attiyah and Cruz are third 46m 01s in arrears and 26m 15s ahead of De Villiers and Von Zitzewitz.
Argentine Orlando Terranova and Paulo Piuza of Portugal (Mini), who had been third overall on Tuesday ahead of De Villiers and Von Zitzewitz, dropped 5m 33s to the South African Imperial Toyota Hilux and are now fifth overall, 20 seconds behind.
Toyota Imperial Hilux team-mates Leeroy Poulter and Rob Howie were again delayed for several hours after breaking a front upright 130 kilometres from the end of the stage. They were having a great run and were lying 19th on the stage after starting 33rd. They had to wait for the T4 assistance truck, which was only expected to reach them at 22:00 (03:00 SA time).