De Villiers on verge of Dakar win

South Africa’s Giniel De Villiers was within reach of a Dakar Rally title on Saturday as Spanish...

File picture: South African Giniel De Villiers in the colours of his previous team. Picture: SAPA

<?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">South Africa</country-region>’s Giniel De Villiers was within reach of a Dakar Rally title on Saturday as Spanish driver Nani Roma claimed Mitsubishi’s first stage win of the 2009 event.

De Villiers was eighth on the thirteenth and penultimate stage and would take a 2.20 minute lead over teammate Mark Miller of the <country-region w:st="on">United States</country-region> into Saturday’s final stage which was to conclude in <city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Buenos Aires.