Originally created 01/10/01

Kleinschmidt takes ninth stage of Rally



EL GHALLAOUIYA, Mauritania -- Germany's Jutta Kleinschmidt won the ninth stage of the Dakar Rally on Tuesday, a 320-mile circuit in this North African town.

Kleinschmidt, driving a Mitsubishi, was timed in 5 hours, 22 minutes, 42 seconds. He beat Frenchman Jean-Louis Schlesser by 35 seconds.

Hiroshi Masuoka of Japan was third and overall leader Jose Maria Servia of Spain was fourth.

Servia leads Masuoka in the overall standings. Jean-Pierre Fontenay of France holds third place overall.

In the motorcycle division, Isidre Esteve Pujol of Spain won in 5:22:33. Giovani Sala of Italy was second and Carlo De Gavardo of Chile was third.

The 20-stage race from Paris to Dakar, Senegal, covers 6,658 miles and ends Jan. 21.

On Monday, a land mine exploded in Mauritania, blowing off the left foot of a Portuguese driver in a support car.