Nani Roma gets his first stage victory

Andrew Hopkins

On the penultimate day of the Dakar Mitsubishi Ralliart pair Nani Roma & Lucas Cruz, got their first stage victory in the Dakar on the shortened 13th leg of the special between La Rioja and Córdoba. The Spanish pair started the special in 21st position, but climbed steadily to get the first stage victory for Mitsubishi & Repsol in the 2009 Rally Dakar, and confirmed their sixth position in the overall classification.

This is also the first stage victory for Roma with the team, and his first ever victory in the car category. The day will be very emotional for Roma as this evening he will receive a special trophy in the bivouac in Córdoba; the "Henri Magne" to the best co-driver in the Dakar 2009. The deceased Magne was Roma`s co-driver and died in the Rally Morocco 2006.