Dakar Rally 2012 as presented by: Sacramento Bee

Joan Roma of Spain has won Monday's eighth stage of the Dakar Rally in the car category, while Stephane Peterhansel finished fourth, to keep the overall lead, two days after a stage was canceled because of a snowed-in Andes pass. his is the fourth consecutive year the race is being held in South America. It had been run in Europe and Africa until the 2008 race was canceled because of fears of terrorism. The rally moved to South America the next year. he past three years the race consisted of loop courses from Buenos Aires to Chile and back to Buenos Aires. This year the race began in Argentina, passes through Chile and finishes in Lima, Peru, on Jan. 15. Spain's biker Marc Coma checks his KTM during the eighth stage of the 2012 Argentina-Chile-Peru Dakar Rally at the Atacama desert between Copiapo and Antofagasta in Chile, Monday, Jan. 9, 2012. Poland's Rafal Sonik races his Yamaha quad in the fourth stage of the 2012 Argentina-Chile-Peru Dakar Rally between San Juan and Chilecito, Argentina, Wednesday Jan. 4, 2012. Hummer driver Robby Gordon and co-driver Johnny Campbell, both of the U.S., compete in the third stage of the 2012 Argentina-Chile-Peru Dakar Rally between San Rafael and San Juan, Argentina.

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