Rallying: Gallardo leads as `Kini' crashes

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HEINZ KINIGARDNER of Austria, one of the favourites in the motorcycle section of the Dakar Rally, crashed out of the race on the sixth stage in the Mauritanian desert yesterday.

The works KTM rider, fourth overall after Tuesday's fifth stage, was not seriously injured but was due to be flown out of Africa for further medical treatment. `Kini' has yet to reach the Dakar finish of the classic in six attempts.

The Spanish BMW rider, Oscar Gallardo, retained the overall lead after coming in fifth at the end of a tough stage from Atar to Tidjikja. Gallardo increased his lead over the second-placed Frenchman, Richard Sainct, to 1min 33 sec. Jaroslav Katrinak of Slovakia, on a KTM, won the stage. France's Thierry Magnaldi, fourth overall, was second.

In the cars, Spaniard Jose Maria Servia, in a Schlesser Buggy, won the stage and snatched the overall lead from the German, Jutta Kleinschmidt, driving a Mistubishi.

Servia finished 4:43 ahead of his team-mate, Jean-Louis Schlesser, with both climbing one place to first and second respectively.

The Spaniard is six-and-a- half minutes ahead of Schlesser, with Kleinschmidt now more than 14 minutes behind.

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