Newfoundland leads the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia when Alonso hits a rock

Argentine driver Orlando Newfoundland taken to the Dakar Rally after the second stage in Saudi Arabia on Monday while double Formula One champion Fernando Alonso He crushed his Toyota against a rock and fell hours ago.

Alonso was running fourth in his Hilux truck after 100km, but Dakar's debutante was sidelined with suspension damage and a broken wheel at the 367km stage from Al Wajh to the deserted city of Neom.

The Spanish, with co-driver and five-time Dakar winner Marc Coma He had been eleventh during the night, but he sank into the standings while waiting for an assistance truck.

The couple finally moved again after a delay of two and a half hours.

Newfoundland, driving a Mini, finished second in the stage won by Toyota's South African Giniel De Villiers to forge a four-minute and 43-second lead over the Spaniard Carlos Sainz in a mini buggy

It was very complicated, especially towards the end when we lost many minutes. We had trouble finding the way and we had to go back twice, 3 km back and forth. It was complicated, but at least today there were no punctures, Sainz said.

Defending champion Nasser al-Attiyah Qatar was in third place for Toyota and six minutes from the leader. De Villiers, winner in 2009, rose to sixth place overall but 12 minutes from Newfoundland.

Lithuanian Vaidotas Zala, the night leader in a Mini, fell to fifth.

In the motorcycle category, Ross Branch of Botswana won the stage, while Sam Sunderland of Great Britain was runner-up and took over KTM.