Orlando Terranova stuck with the MINIs in front of him in the overall standings to offer up his support for the stage before sprinting to the finish to win the stage. Behind him was teammate Vladimir Vasilyev, Renault driver Emiliano Spataro, overall leader Nasser Al-Attiyah and Toyota driver Bernhard Ten Brinke, all within 2 minutes of his arrival.
Nasser Al-Attiyah started the stage, but he quickly showed that he is now playing a careful long game to protect his overall lead from 2009 champion Giniel De Villiers and his Toyota Hilux. De Villiers likewise chose to play it safe because of the 35 minute gap between them means that his only chance at an overall win is for the Qatari driver to make some serious mistakes and his 1 hour lead over 3rd place Krzysztof Holowczyc can afford him a cautious drive to the finish.
Overall Standings After Stage 12:
|1||301||AL-ATTIYAH (QAT), BAUMEL (FRA)||MINI||040:18:30||00:00:00|
|2||303||DE VILLIERS (ZAF), VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU)||TOYOTA||040:54:09||00:35:39||00:00:00|
|3||307||HOLOWCZYC (POL), PANSERI (FRA)||MINI||041:50:21||01:31:51||00:00:00|
|4||314||VAN LOON (NLD), ROSEGAAR (NLD)||MINI||043:20:04||03:01:34||00:00:00|
|5||310||VASILYEV (RUS), ZHILTSOV (RUS)||MINI||043:30:49||03:12:19||00:00:00|
|6||309||LAVIEILLE (FRA), MAIMON (FRA)||TOYOTA||043:33:46||03:15:16||00:00:00|
|7||315||TEN BRINKE (NLD), COLSOUL (BEL)||TOYOTA||044:00:23||03:41:53||00:00:00|
|8||306||SOUSA (PRT), FIUZA (PRT)||MITSUBISHI||044:03:05||03:44:35||00:00:00|
|9||329||RAKHIMBAYEV (KAZ), NIKOLAEV (RUS)||MINI||044:26:17||04:07:47||00:00:00|
|10||320||CHABOT (FRA), PILLOT (FRA)||SMG||045:00:07||04:41:37||00:00:00|
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