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Motorsport: Audi ace Ekstrom wins Dakar Rally prologue

# Motorsport: Audi’s Mattias Ekstrom was fastest on the 27 kilometre Dakar Rally prologue raced over the desert sands of Al-Ula in Saudi Arabia. Double defending champion Nasser Al-Attiyah made a slight detour and ended the day 12th. Swede Ekstrom set a time of 16 minutes and 30 seconds, some 23 seconds ahead of the American Seth Quintero of Toyota, making his debut at this level. French veteran Sebastien Loeb came in third at 38 seconds in a promising start. The times provide a choice of starting position for today’s opener.