Day Five of the 2013 brought a certain amount of redemption for some competitors, but also showed signs of narrowing the field of potential winners.
In the Cars Class Robby Gordon finished third on today’s stage and Carlos Sainz finished fifth. These two strong stage results followed Day four results that have essentially relegated Gordon and Sainz into also-rans.
The winner of today’s stage was Nani Roma in his Mini who finished 1 minute 23 seconds ahead of Stephane Petterhansel also in a Mini. Nasser Al-Attiyah had some navigational issues which resulted in a seventh place stage finish, about six minutes behind Roma’s Mini.
2013 Dakar Rally Day 5/Stage 5 Results – Cars Class
|1||ROMA (ESP)PÉRIN (FRA)||MINI||01:49:40||–||–|
|2||PETERHANSEL (FRA)COTTRET (FRA)||MINI||01:51:03||00:01:23||–|
|3||GORDON (USA)WALCH (USA)||Hummer||01:51:21||00:01:41||–|
|4||DE VILLIERS (ZAF)VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU)||TOYOTA||01:51:31||00:01:51||–|
|5||SAINZ (ESP)GOTTSCHALK (DEU)||BUGGY||01:53:21||00:03:41||–|
|6||NOVISTKIY (RUS)ZHILTSOV (RUS)||MINI||01:54:50||00:05:10||–|
|7||AL-ATTIYAH (QAT)CRUZ (ESP)||BUGGY||01:55:41||00:06:01||–|
|8||SPINELLI (BRA)HADDAD (BRA)||MITSUBISHI||01:56:21||00:06:41||–|
|9||TERRANOVA (ARG)FIUZA (PRT)||BMW||01:56:55||00:07:15||–|
|10||SOUSA (PRT)RAMALHO (PRT)||GREAT WALL||01:57:34||00:07:54||–|
Perhaps you have imagined what the conditions would be like in the Dakar bivouac where they competitors are “camping” in the South American dessert. The conditions at the bivouac are not as primitive as you might think. The picture below shows the lunch area at the Dakar bivouac.
Lunch Area At The Dakar Rally Bivouac
In the Cars Class Peterhansel maintains the Overall lead with Al-Attiyah about 10 minutes behind. Things start to spread out behind those two competitors with De Villiers in third place Overall, but scoring about 33 minutes behind the leader. Being 33 minutes behind at this stage is not insurmountable, but from Devilliers on back, these competitors cannot afford to have another bad day.
2013 Dakar Rally Overall Standings After Day 5 – Cars Class
|1||PETERHANSEL (FRA)COTTRET (FRA)||MINI||10:55:32||–||–|
|2||AL-ATTIYAH (QAT)CRUZ (ESP)||BUGGY||11:05:26||00:09:54||–|
|3||DE VILLIERS (ZAF)VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU)||TOYOTA||11:29:22||00:33:50||–|
|4||NOVISTKIY (RUS)ZHILTSOV (RUS)||MINI||11:33:07||00:37:35||–|
|5||ROMA (ESP)PÉRIN (FRA)||MINI||11:33:15||00:37:43||–|
|6||CHICHERIT (FRA)GARCIN (FRA)||SMG||11:52:06||00:56:34||–|
|7||CHABOT (FRA)PILLOT (FRA)||SMG||12:06:07||01:10:35||00:01:00|
|8||ERRANDONEA (AND)DEBRON (FRA)||SMG||12:13:49||01:18:17||00:01:00|
|9||GADASIN (RUS)KUZMICH (UKR)||G-FORCE PROTO||12:27:18||01:31:46||–|
|10||THOMASSE (FRA)LARROQUE (FRA)||BUGGY MD RALLYE||12:28:18||01:32:46||–|
In the Bike Class the two Yamaha riders Casteu and Pain had a good day, finishing 1-2 ahead of the third place KTM of Pedrero. Cyril Despres got stuck briefly causing him to finish 5th about 4 minutes behind today’s stage winners.
2013 Dakar Rally Day 5 /Stage 5 Results – Bikes Class
For a temporary encampment, the Dakar bivouac is a very impressive facility. Below is a photo of the facilities in the video area. It appears to be very well equipped.
Video Area At The Dakar Rally Bivouac
Overall in the Bike Class, the field of potential winners is bigger than in the Cars Class. The top seven riders are only separated by 14 minutes, so much can change. I think that Cyril Despres is still the favorite to win.
2013 Dakar Rally Overall Standings After Day 5 / Stage 5 – Bikes Class
Tomorrow the route will go from Arica to Calama over a 477 mile route. The first 195 miles will be a transit followed by 282 miles of timed stage.