Sébastien Loeb with second win in a shortened Dakar Stage 5

Sébastien Loeb with second win in a shortened Dakar Stage 5

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The famous Dakar Rally weather has struck again with heavy rain to force a premature end to Stage 5. Competitors halted after 219 of the 447 km selective section from Tupiza to Oruro. The stage in the Bolivian Altiplano was one of the most demanding in the race because of the variety of terrain.

Sébastien Loeb and Sam Sunderland clinched the car and bike stages respectively with both coping better than their rivals in the poor visibility

Cyril Despres and Matthias Walkner started out the day in first place, however found the hazardous conditions on the way to Oruro much trickier compared to their rivals.

Walkner and Stefan Svitko both had to retrace their route after getting lost on the bike special stage, while Despres slipped back following directional mistakes in his car. Giniel de Villiers got in big trouble and lost half an hour.

Mikko Hirvonen was on track to cut into the lead generated by Loeb, Spaniard Nani Roma and Loeb’s Peugeot team-mate Stéphane Peterhansel, but drifted 4km from the correct route at one point.

Peterhansel is the new overall race leader having rolled in third.

Frenchman Adrien Van Beveren will be looking to challenge Briton Sunderland when the two-wheel racing gets underway again on Saturday.

Cars general classification after Stage 5:
Pos. Name Mark Time variation Penalty
1. 300 PETERHANSEL (FRA)

COTTRET (FRA)

PEUGEOT 14:02:58
2. 309 LOEB (FRA)

ELENA (MCO)

PEUGEOT 14:04:07 00:01:09
3. 307 DESPRES (FRA)

CASTERA (FRA)

PEUGEOT 14:07:52 00:04:54
4. 305 ROMA (ESP)

HARO BRAVO (ESP)

TOYOTA 14:08:33 00:05:35
5. 303 HIRVONEN (FIN)

PERIN (FRA)

MINI 14:45:19 00:42:21
6. 316 PRZYGONSKI (POL)

COLSOUL (BEL)

MINI 15:02:53 00:59:55
7. 308 TERRANOVA (ARG)

SCHULZ (DEU)

MINI 15:07:47 01:04:49
8. 302 DE VILLIERS (ZAF)

VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU)

TOYOTA 15:11:09 01:08:11
9. 314 GARAFULIC (CHL)

PALMEIRO (PRT)

MINI 16:00:38 01:57:40
10. 318 DUMAS (FRA)

GUEHENNEC (FRA)

PEUGEOT 16:25:15 02:22:17

Bikes general classification after Stage 5:
Pos. Name Mark Time variation Penalty
1. 14 SUNDERLAND (GBR) KTM 15:22:05
2. 3 QUINTANILLA (CHL) HUSQVARNA 15:34:05 00:12:00
3. 6 VAN BEVEREN (FRA) YAMAHA 15:38:12 00:16:07
4. 8 FARRES GUELL (ESP) KTM 15:43:02 00:20:57
5. 16 WALKNER (AUT) KTM 15:51:06 00:29:01 00:05:00
6. 2 SVITKO (SVK) KTM 16:10:48 00:48:43
7. 17 GONCALVES (PRT) HONDA 16:30:26 01:08:21 00:48:20
8. 11 BARREDA BORT (ESP) HONDA 16:34:44 01:12:39 01:01:00
9. 5 RODRIGUES (PRT) YAMAHA 16:45:43 01:23:38
10. 15 METGE (FRA) HONDA 17:11:30 01:49:25 01:11:30
Quads

An interesting fact about Stage 5 winner Kees Koolen is that he has competed in the Dakar in four different categories. The quad bike is his mode of transport in 2017 and the Dutchman was in fine form to beat Gustave Gallego by seven minutes.

Quads general classification after Stage 5:

Pos. Name Mark Time variation Penalty
1. 279 VITSE (FRA) YAMAHA 19:32:22 00:01:30
2. 254 KARYAKIN (RUS) YAMAHA 19:40:36 00:08:14
3. 280 DUTRIE (FRA) YAMAHA 19:42:57 00:10:35
4. 251 CASALE (CHL) YAMAHA 19:46:58 00:14:36
5. 272 MAZZUCCO (ARG) CAN-AM 20:19:54 00:47:32
Trucks

Gerard de Rooy has now reached cruising speed. The 2016 winner has scored a second consecutive stage victory, once again in front of a Kamaz truck. However, following Airat Mardeev’s runner-up position yesterday, today Eduard Nikolaev has finished in second place, 2’23 behind the sturdy Dutch Iveco driver.

Trucks general classification after Stage 5:

Pos. Name Mark Time variation Penalty
1. 500 DE ROOY (NLD)

TORRALLARDONA (ESP)

RODEWALD (POL)

IVECO 14:06:07
2. 505 NIKOLAEV (RUS)

YAKOVLEV (RUS)

RYBAKOV (RUS)

KAMAZ 14:08:30 00:02:23
3. 513 SOTNIKOV (RUS)

AKHMADEEV (RUS)

LEONOV (RUS)

KAMAZ 14:12:43 00:06:36
4. 501 MARDEEV (RUS)

BELYAEV (RUS)

SVISTUNOV (RUS)

KAMAZ 14:22:39 00:16:32
5. 510 DE BAAR (NLD)

ROESINK (NLD)

DE GRAAFF (NLD)

RENAULT TRUCKS 14:38:32 00:32:25

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