Today Stage 5 was fully in Chile for the first time this year. The route goes through areas that have now become legendary since the Dakar rally moved to South America – Atacama and Antofagasta.
Stage 5 was made up of 174 kilometers of competitive distance and 485 kilometers of transit section. This was a very mountainous stage with much of the competitive distance taking place at elevation of 2,000 to 3,000 meters above sea level.
Stage 5 is shown below. The transit sections are shown is green and the 174 kilometers of competitive route is shown in red.
Stage 5 Route
Yesterday I said that it looked like some new names were running in the top ten in the Car Class. Today’s results seem to back that up as a relatively unknown team, Vasilyev and Zhiltsov (it sounds like a Russian ice hockey defense pairing) in a Mini won Stage 5, only 20 seconds ahead of another rookie team, Alrajhi and Gottsschalk, in a Toyota.
Vasilyev/Zhiltsov After Winning Stage 5
In another surprise, Robby Gordon did not have any problems and finished third on Stage 5, 2 minutes ahead of overall leader Nasser Al-Attiyah. Al-Attiyah will be happy with that result as getting beat by Robby Gordon means nothing, but what was important is that he finished 2 minutes 20 seconds ahead of Devilliers, who was in sixth position on Stage 5.
2015 Dakar Rally – Car Class Stage 5 Results
|1||VASILYEV (RUS)ZHILTSOV (RUS)||MINI||04:19:18||–|
|2||ALRAJHI (SAU)GOTTSCHALK (DEU)||TOYOTA||04:19:38||00:00:20|
|3||GORDON (USA)CAMPBELL (USA)||GORDINI||04:20:43||00:01:25|
|4||AL-ATTIYAH (QAT)BAUMEL (FRA)||MINI||04:22:42||00:03:24|
|5||PETERHANSEL (FRA)COTTRET (FRA)||PEUGEOT||04:23:22||00:04:04|
|6||DE VILLIERS (ZAF)VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU)||TOYOTA||04:25:02||00:05:44|
|7||HOLOWCZYC (POL)PANSERI (FRA)||MINI||04:28:07||00:08:49|
|8||ROMA (ESP)PERIN (FRA)||MINI||04:29:20||00:10:02|
|9||VAN LOON (NLD)ROSEGAAR (NLD)||MINI||04:30:53||00:11:35|
|10||TERRANOVA (ARG)GRAUE (ARG)||MINI||04:31:12||00:11:54|
Robby Gordon In The Sand Dunes
As a result of the Stage 5 results Al-Attiyah extended his overall lead over DeVilliers to a little over 10 minutes. The overall standings after Stage are shown below.
2015 Dakar Rally Car Class – Standings After Stage 5
|1||AL-ATTIYAH (QAT)BAUMEL (FRA)||MINI||16:53:26||–||00:02:00|
|2||DE VILLIERS (ZAF)VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU)||TOYOTA||17:04:01||00:10:35||–|
|3||ALRAJHI (SAU)GOTTSCHALK (DEU)||TOYOTA||17:13:55||00:20:29||–|
|4||HOLOWCZYC (POL)PANSERI (FRA)||MINI||17:42:21||00:48:55||–|
|5||VAN LOON (NLD)ROSEGAAR (NLD)||MINI||17:46:51||00:53:25||–|
|6||TEN BRINKE (NLD)COLSOUL (BEL)||TOYOTA||17:49:45||00:56:19||–|
|7||VASILYEV (RUS)ZHILTSOV (RUS)||MINI||18:03:18||01:09:52||–|
|8||LAVIEILLE (FRA)MAIMON (FRA)||TOYOTA||18:07:25||01:13:59||–|
|9||PETERHANSEL (FRA)COTTRET (FRA)||PEUGEOT||18:12:43||01:19:17||–|
|10||RAKHIMBAYEV (KAZ)NIKOLAEV (RUS)||MINI||18:14:58||01:21:32||00:00:30|
In the Bike Class Marc Coma flexed his muscle today by winning Stage 5 with a two-minute victory over his major competition this year, Joan Barreda on a Honda.
KTM’s Marc Coma Wins Stage 5 Over Barreda
Not only is this Dakar a battle between two good riders, Coma and Barreda, but also two good teams, KTM and Honda.
The results of Stage 5 in the Bike Class are presented below.
2015 Dakar Rally Bike Class Stage 5 Results
|2||BARREDA BORT (ESP)||HONDA||04:40:32||00:02:16|
|7||ISRAEL ESQUERRE (CHL)||HONDA||04:45:26||00:07:10|
|9||DUCLOS (FRA)||SHERCO TVS||04:48:13||00:09:57|
Barreda still leads the Bike Class by a good lead of 10 and a half minutes. Goncalves is somewhat competitive at 23 minutes back and should the two leaders get into trouble he is in a good position.
2015 Dakar Rally Bike Class – Overall Standings After Stage 5
|1||BARREDA BORT (ESP)||HONDA||17:51:05||–|
It Can Get Dusty On The Dakar!