Dakar Day 5: Al-Rajhi penalty makes Al-Attiyah the winner

4 seems to be the magic number today! Nasser Al-Attiyah (Toyota shown above) won stage 4 ahead of his closest rival in the general standings, SĂ©bastian Loeb (Prodrive), Carlos Sainz (Audi) and Yasir Seaidan (Mini). All in all, 4 constructors in the top 4!

Initially, Yazeed Al-Rajhi was savoring a triumph on home turf. Nasser Al-Attiyah finished right behind the Saudi to add 25 seconds to his overall lead on Loeb, while Carlos Sainz ended up just outside the podium. Mathieu Serradori also made a strong impression, finishing within seven minutes of the fastest time.

However, Al-Rajhi was slapped with a two-minute penalty for speeding, enough to deprive him of the stage win and even a podium finish. Victory goes to Nasser Al-Attiyah, who will be celebrating his 44th career win in stage 4 of the 44th Dakar. It all adds up!

#205 Al Rajhi Yazeed (sau), Orr Michael (gbr), Overdrive Toyota, Toyota Hilux Overdrive, Auto FIA T1/T2, W2RC,

Day 5 Top-10 Results

Pos No. Driver/Navigator Team Time Gap
1 201 N. Al-Attiyah (Qat)/M. Baumel (And) Toyota Gazoo Racing 03:54:40 0:00:00
2 211 S. Loeb (Fra)/F. Lurquin (Bel) Bahrain Raid Xtreme 03:55:05 0:00:25
3 202 C. Sainz (Esp)/L. Cruz (Esp) Team Audi Sport 03:55:32 0:00:52
4 218 Y. Seaidan (Sau)/A. Kuzmich (Raf) X-Raid Mini Jcw Team 03:56:14 0:01:34
5 205 Y. Al Rajhi (Sau)/M. Orr (Gbr) Overdrive Toyota 03:56:26 0:01:46
6 207 G. De Villiers (Zaf)/D. Murphy (Zaf) Toyota Gazoo Racing 03:58:35 0:03:55
7 203 J. Przygonski (Pol)/T. Gottschalk (Deu) X-Raid Mini Jcw Team 03:59:50 0:05:10
8 217 B. Ten Brinke (Nld)/S. Delaunay (Fra) Overdrive Toyota 04:00:47 0:06:07
9 212 M. Serradori (Fra)/L. Minaudier (Fra) Srt Racing 04:01:23 0:06:43
10 222 L. Alvarez (Arg)/A. Monleon (Esp) Overdrive Toyota 04:06:32 0:11:52

Overall Standings After Day 5

Pos No. Driver/Navigator Team Time Gap
1 201 N. Al-Attiyah (Qat)/M. Baumel (And) Toyota Gazoo Racing 13:26:02 0:00:00
2 211 S. Loeb (Fra)/F. Lurquin (Bel) Bahrain Raid Xtreme 14:04:07 0:38:05
3 205 Y. Al Rajhi (Sau)/M. Orr (Gbr) Overdrive Toyota 14:15:17 0:49:15
4 207 G. De Villiers (Zaf)/D. Murphy (Zaf) Toyota Gazoo Racing 14:15:19 0:49:17
5 222 L. Alvarez (Arg)/A. Monleon (Esp) Overdrive Toyota 14:20:00 0:53:58
6 208 V. Vasilyev (Raf)/O. Uperenko (Lva) Vrt Team 14:29:54 1:03:52
7 203 J. Przygonski (Pol)/T. Gottschalk (Deu) X-Raid Mini Jcw Team 14:37:59 1:11:57
8 223 S. Halpern (Arg)/B. Graue (Arg) X-Raid Mini Jcw Team 14:43:25 1:17:23
9 209 M. Prokop (Cze)/V. Chytka (Cze) Benzina Orlen Team 14:46:28 1:20:26
10 221 O. Terranova (Arg)/D. Oliveras Carreras (Esp) Bahrain Raid Xtreme 14:49:44 1:23:42