Al-Rajhi lands in the Pacific
Przygonski now eighth in the overall standings
Stage five took the competitors to Arequipa, the last stop in Peru before the entire Dakar train will leave the country and cross the border to Bolivia. The stage once again featured sand and dunes and represented a massive challenge for the drivers. In the end, Orlando Terranova and Bernardo ‘Ronnie’ Graue (both ARG) finished sixth with their MINI John Cooper Works Rally. The two MINI JCW Rally pairings Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski (POL) / Tom Colsoul (BEL) and Boris Garafulic (CHI) / Filipe Palmeiro (POR) came eighth and 10th respectively.
After the bad luck they had to cope with yesterday, Terranova and Graue used today’s stage for working their way up in fine style. They were the 20th pairing to start into the stage and finished sixth. In the overall standings they now hold 12th place. Like many others, Przygonski, Garafulic and Mikko Hirvonen got stuck in the Tanaca dunes. But while the Pole and the Chilean succeeded in getting their cars going again quickly, the Finn needed more than an hour before he could rejoin the action.
Yazeed Al-Rajhi (KSA) and Timo Gottschalk (GER) were racing at an impressive pace in the early stages and won the first part of the special stage. But short before the end of the special stage they drove along the ocean when a high wave hit them and dragged them into the Pacific. Garafulic and Palmeiro could pull the buggy out of the water, then Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) and Andreas Schulz (GER) towed the buggy to the finish and in the end it was towed to the bivouac by an X-raid service truck. “There were two tracks in the sand, unfortunately we opted for using the wrong one,” the Saudi revealed.
But there also is good news. In the third stage, the two X-raid crews Al-Rajhi / Gottschalk and Garafulic / Palmeiro collided on the peak of a dune. While they tried to repair their vehicles and waited for the Race Truck, two other bad accidents happened nearby. The two pairings came running to help at once. Therefore, the race control decided to release an hour of the time penalty for both squads. This means that Garafulic didn’t exceed the allowed maximum time and his three-hour penalty consequently was invalid.
More good news: Nani Roma could leave the hospital in Lima and is on the way home.
Tomorrow, the Dakar train will travel to Bolivia’s capital La Paz. The competitors will cross the border during the 313-kilometre special stage. Now, the sand and the dunes will be replaced by mountainous and fast sections. Altogether, the squads will have to cover 760 kilometres. And on the day after tomorrow, La Paz, some 3500 metres above sea level, also will be the venue of the rest day.
Dakar 2018 result SS5
1. S. Peterhansel (FRA) / J.-P. Cottret (FRA) Peugeot – 4h 11m 19s
2. B. Ten Brinke (NDL) / M. Périn (FRA) Toyota – 4h 16m 11s
3. G. de Villiers (RSA) / D. von Zitzewitz (GER) Toyota – 4h 24m 06s
4. C. Sainz (ESP) / L. Cruz (ESP) Peugeot – 4h 29m 29s
5. N. Al-Attiyah (QAT) / M. Baumel (FRA) Toyota – 4h 35m 52s
6. O. Terranova (ARG) / R. Graue (ARG) MINI JCW Rally – 4h 35m 57s
10. J. Przygonski (POL) / T. Colsoul (BEL) MINI JCW Rally – 4h 52m 32s
12. B. Garafulic (CHI) / F. Palmeiro (POR) MINI JCW Rally – 4h 54m 05s
28. Y. Al-Rajhi (KSA) / T. Gottschalk (GER) ) MINI JCW Buggy – 6h 05m 57s
31. M. Hirvonen (FIN) / A. Schulz (GER) MINI JCW Buggy – 6h 20m 33s
Dakar 2018 overall standings after SS5
1. S. Peterhansel (FRA) / J.-P. Cottret (FRA) Peugeot – 13h 27m 26s
2. C. Sainz (ESP) / L. Cruz (ESP) Peugeot – 13h 58m 42s
3. B. Ten Brinke (NDL) / M. Périn (FRA) Toyota – 14h 42m 42s
4. N. Al-Attiyah (QAT) / M. Baumel (FRA) Toyota – 14h 50m 47s
5. G. de Villiers (RSA) / D. von Zitzewitz (GER) Toyota – 15h 02m 00s
8. J. Przygonski (POL) / T. Colsoul (BEL) MINI JCW Rally – 15h 44m 09s
12. O. Terranova (ARG) / R. Graue (ARG) MINI JCW Rally – 17h 31m 07s
15. M. Hirvonen (FIN) / A. Schulz (GER) MINI JCW Buggy – 18h 16m 22s
28. B. Garafulic (CHI) / F. Palmeiro (POR) MINI JCW Rally – 23h 26m 15s
29. Y. Al-Rajhi (KSA) / T. Gottschalk (GER) ) MINI JCW Buggy – 23h 41m 03s