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:

Pos. Name Make Time Variation Penalty
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

Local hero Orlando Terranova takes some time off the race for some press shots.

And to visit with fans…

Just because Krzysztof Holowczyc could pace himself, doesn’t mean that the going was easy.

Erik Loon had to keep an aggressive pace with Christian Levielle just 9 minutes behind him at the start.

Vladimir Vasilyev’s second place finish put him 3 minutes in front of Christian Levielle and into the top 5.

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