Dakar Day 5: Sunderland and Loeb play cards right

Sebastien Loeb
Sebastien Loeb

Sam Sunderland demonstrated his navigational skills to win in Oruro, taking advantage of his rivals' problems, on a special that was shortened to 219 kilometers due to poor weather. As for SEbastien Loeb, he picked up his second victory this year in the car category at the end of a very risky stage.

Focus

The Dakar convoy has now driven further into the high plains of Bolivia. This dreamy setting can quickly turn into a nightmare for the competitors who had to adapt to the wide variety of terrains on offer, with crossing of dunes and especially an exercise in navigation that was conducive to a profound change in the standings, a hierarchy which has already been very unstable this year.

The essentials

[adinserter name="GOOGLE AD"]Sam Sunderland has been consistent since the start of the rally and was biding his time to make the perfect strike. He brilliantly achieved his goal this Friday, with his second special stage victory on the Dakar that was also synonymous with taking command of the general standings. The Englishman was the only rider to not get lost in the Bolivian dunes, unlike Pablo Quintanilla, Xavier de Soultrait, Matthias Walkner or Joan Barreda, who all lost a lot of ground. In the quad race, Kees Koolen went flat out to grab his first stage victory on the Dakar with a big lead over the day's runner-up Gustavo Gallego. In the car category, SEbastien Loeb ended the day smiling after obtaining his second victory in 2017 and the sixth of his young rally raid career, as he calmly resisted a comeback by Nani Roma at the end of the special, where the Spaniard finished 44 seconds behind the Frenchman. StEphane Peterhansel climbs to the top of the general standings, in which Mikko Hirvonen and Giniel De Villiers have now been considerably distanced due to navigational mistakes. In the truck race, Gerard de Rooy grabbed a second consecutive stage victory, has now reached his cruising speed and has taken command of the general standings. A Kamaz truck was again runner-up, but this time it was Eduard Nikolaev, who also takes second place in the general standings.

Performance of the day

With already four official cars, Peugeot has made sure it has the means to dominate the final podium in Buenos Aires. However, a fifth 3008 DKR has been regularly springing surprises, with a certain Romain Dumas behind its wheel. The Frenchman is taking part in his third Dakar and is progressing by improving his best result with every stage that passes. The former endurance driver broke into the top five on the fifth stage, less than one minute behind the official Peugeot driven by Cyril Despres. As a result, he enabled the lion branded constructor to put four cars among the first five finishers…

A crushing blow

Joan Barreda, the undisputed leader of the general standings yesterday evening with a lead of more than 18 minutes, saw his hopes of keeping the lead cave in today. Firstly, the official HRC rider received a one hour time penalty for having refueled outside the authorized zone yesterday, before having a hellish stage and getting lost after approximately 150 km of the special. The Spaniard lost 37 minutes to the day's winner and plunges down the general standings to 1 hour 12 minutes behind the leader.

Stat of the day

Sam Sunderland has become the fifth different winner in five stages in the bike race. Juan Pedrero, Toby Price, Joan Barreda and Matthias Walkner preceded him and now the race is even more open than ever!

Leading Peugeot Team Quotes

Bruno Famin
"Our three cars all ran well today and are in strong positions, so that's good news. Our crews spent a little time finding the correct route but they lost less time than many of their rivals. Some big gaps have opened up, although Nani Roma isn't very far behind. The way this year's Dakar is unfolding, we could well be the next team to hit trouble. We're a third of the way into the event now. There's been drama every day so far and there could well be more to come."

Sebastien Loeb (PEUGEOT 3008DKR #309)
Leg 5: 1st / Overall: 2nd

"Today's stage was really difficult, with some tough navigation. We started well but, like the others, we ended up getting lost in the final third and we lost much of the lead we had succeeded in building up. We were still fastest, though, so that's good, and our car ran like clockwork all day."

Stephane Peterhansel (PEUGEOT 3008DKR #300)
Leg 5: 3rd / Overall: 1st

"It was raining when we set off this morning, but it was a nice stage, even though it was technically demanding and a bit muddy in places. The navigation was complex, too, and it looks like everybody got lost, but our mistakes didn't cost us too much time. We are only five days into the rally and there have already been four different leaders, although there hasn't been much in it. It's nice to be in front at this stage but nobody should read too much into it."

Cyril Despres (PEUGEOT 3008DKR #307)
Leg 5: 4th / Overall: 3rd

"We ran at a good pace on the WRC-style tracks today, which isn't bad for an ex-biker. The navigation then got a little tighter and we missed one of the headings. We got back on the correct route at the same time as Stéphane which cost us a few minutes, as well as the rally lead. It's not too serious, though. What's worrying me most at the moment is how we will be able to tackle Saturday's stage given the rain that's falling over Oruro as we speak."

OVERALL STANDINGS

Car Top-10

Pos No. Drivers Auto / Car Variation Penalties
1 300 PETERHANSEL STEPHANE (FRA)/COTTRET JEAN PAUL (FRA) PEUGEOT 3008 DKR
2 309 LOEB SEBASTIEN (FRA)/ELENA DANIEL (MCO) PEUGEOT 3008 DKR +01m09s
3 307 DESPRES CYRIL (FRA)/CASTERA DAVID (FRA) PEUGEOT 3008 DKR +04m54s
4 305 ROMA NANI (ESP)/HARO BRAVO ALEX (ESP) TOYOTA HILUX +05m35s
5 303 HIRVONEN MIKKO (FIN)/PERIN MICHEL (FRA) MINI JOHN COOPER WORKS RALL +42m21s Y
6 316 PRZYGONSKI JAKUB (POL)/COLSOUL TOM (BEL) MINI ALL4 RACING +59m55s
7 308 TERRANOVA ORLANDO (ARG)/SCHULZ ANDREAS (DEU) MINI JOHN COOPER WORKS RALL +01h04m49s Y
8 302 DE VILLIERS GINIEL (ZAF)/VON ZITZEWITZ DIRK (DEU) TOYOTA HILUX +01h08m11s
9 314 GARAFULIC BORIS (CHL)/PALMEIRO FILIPE (PRT) MINI ALL 4 RACING +01h57m40s
10 318 DUMAS ROMAIN (FRA)/GUEHENNEC ALAIN (FRA) PEUGEOT 3008 DKR +02h22m17s

Bike Top-10

Pos. No. 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

Quad Top-10

Pos. No. 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
6 267 KOOLEN (NLD) BARREN RACER 20:40:19 01:07:57 01:07:00
7 263 COPETTI (ARG) YAMAHA 20:53:42 01:21:20
8 261 HANSEN (ARG) HONDA 21:18:00 01:45:38 00:00:30
9 262 DA COSTA (FRA) YAMAHA 21:30:44 01:58:22 00:01:00
10 257 SANABRIA GALEANO (PRY) YAMAHA 21:35:05 02:02:43 00:05:00

Truck Top-10

Pos. No. 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
6 502 VILLAGRA (ARG) , YACOPINI (ARG) , TORLASCHI (ARG) IVECO 14:40:37 00:34:30
7 515 SHIBALOV (RUS) , AMATYCH (RUS) , ROMANOV (RUS) KAMAZ 14:48:46 00:42:39
8 504 STACEY (NLD) , VAN DER VAET (BEL) , KUPPER (NLD) MAN 14:49:37 00:43:30
9 509 VERSLUIS (NLD) , KLEIN (DEU) , PRONK (NLD) MAN 14:51:23 00:45:16
10 514 VAN DEN HEUVEL (NLD) , KUIJPERS (NLD) , VAN OORT (NLD) SCANIA 15:11:51 01:05:44

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