Dakar Rally Day 6 Results: Dakar’s Longest Day

The longest special section of the Dakar took place today on Day 6. Again today’s stage took place at high altitudes – between 3,500 and 4,200m.  The route essentially circles the Salar de Uyuni.

Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat at 10,582 square kilometers (4,086 sq mi) which makes it roughly 100 times the size of the Bonneville Salt Flats. Salar de Uyuni is at an elevation of 3,656 meters (11,995 ft) above mean sea level.

Salar_de_Uyuni_4

Salar De Uyuni

The Day 6 circular route is shown below.  The total Day 6 route starts and ends in Uyuni. The special stage started essentially in Uyuni and extended 542km followed by an almost 180km transit back to Uyuni.

Day 6 Route

Day 6 Route

The route is mostly undulating in nature, except for a very large mountain in the vicinity of Checkpoint 4.  This is shown on the profile below.

Day 6 Profile

Day 6 Profile

Today Sebestien Loeb did not win the stage, but three out of the top four cars were from the Peugeot Team.  Peterhansel won the stage with Sainz only 17 seconds behind him.  That is extremely close after 5 hours of Dakar racing.  Alrajhi in a Toyota broke up the Peugeot Team by finishing third with Sebestien Loeb finishing 4th, a little over 8 minutes behind Peterhansel.

After the stage Loeb had the following to say: “I had a first puncture, then I had to do the almost 80 kilometres with the accelerator blocked at full power, so I had to control it with a switch and it was really complicated to drive like that. Finally, I got another puncture and we had to change a second wheel. It was a complicated day. Hopefully, it will be better over the next days. For us, it was important to increase the lead as much as possible. Finally we lost the first place, but there is still a long way to go. The problem will be solved and it will be better”.

This problem with the throttle is something like the problem that Depres had the other day, so maybe mechanical woes are still ahead for the Peugeots.

Apparently Robby Gordon ran out of fuel and he was forced to wait for his teammate Sheldon Creed to come along.  Creed gave Gordon some fuel which allowed Gordon to finish, but with a substantial delay.  Sheldon Creed later ran out of fuel himself and also wound up with a rather poor finish.

Dakar Rally 2016 Day 6 Results Car Class

Pos. Name Marque Time Variation
1 PETERHANSEL (FRA)

COTTRET (FRA)

PEUGEOT 05:01:07
2 SAINZ (ESP)

CRUZ (ESP)

PEUGEOT 05:01:24 00:00:17
3 ALRAJHI (SAU)

GOTTSCHALK (DEU)

TOYOTA 05:08:26 00:07:19
4 LOEB (FRA)

ELENA (MCO)

PEUGEOT 05:09:22 00:08:15
5 AL-ATTIYAH (QAT)

BAUMEL (FRA)

MINI 05:10:58 00:09:51
6 ROMA (ESP)

HARO BRAVO (ESP)

MINI 05:12:08 00:11:01
7 TERRANOVA (ARG)

GRAUE (ARG)

MINI 05:14:13 00:13:06
8 HIRVONEN (FIN)

PERIN (FRA)

MINI 05:15:22 00:14:15
9 DE VILLIERS (ZAF)

VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU)

TOYOTA 05:16:21 00:15:14
10 VAN LOON (NLD)

ROSEGAAR (NLD)

MINI 05:17:52 00:16:45
11 DESPRES (FRA)

CASTERA (FRA)

PEUGEOT 05:17:52 00:16:45
12 VASILYEV (RUS)

ZHILTSOV (RUS)

TOYOTA 05:17:55 00:16:48
13 SPATARO (ARG)

LOZADA (ARG)

RENAULT 05:23:38 00:22:31
14 HUNT (GBR)

SCHULZ (DEU)

MINI 05:24:02 00:22:55
15 POULTER (ZAF)

HOWIE (ZAF)

TOYOTA 05:24:44 00:23:37
37 CREED (USA)

STREET (USA)

GORDINI 06:18:44 01:17:37
50 GORDON (USA)

WALCH (USA)

GORDINI 06:58:43 01:57:36

Some of the competitors are getting concerned that the Peugeots are just to fast for the rest of the field to catch them.  Al-Attiyah had the following to say:

“We tried to push, you know, but we cannot, because the Peugeots are going really fast and every day we lose four or eight minutes. But what can we do? We’re just trying to save our positon. It’s a very bad feeling, but we know that their buggy is fast. We’ll see – we have how many days left? We’ll try and finish in the top three. There are no better stages for the 4×4, because their buggy is going really well everywhere, on rally tracks and off-road”.

One competitor, Bernhard ten Brinke, had a rather spectacular end to his rally after his Toyota Helix caught fire in the final stages of Friday’s Stage 6.  The Dutchman, who had won the Prologue on Saturday – and remains the only non-Peugeot driver to have claimed a stage victory in the 2016 Dakar Rally so far – was running eighth overall when his Toyota lit up.  Both ten Brinke and Belgian co-driver Tom Colsoul managed to escape unhurt.

Ten Brinke Day 6

With Loeb’s finish today Peterhansel has moved into the overall lead, but he is only 27 seconds ahead of Loeb.  The Peugeot team continues to dominate the car class.

Overall Car Class Standings After Day 6

 

Pos. Name Marque Time Variation Penalty
1 PETERHANSEL (FRA)

COTTRET (FRA)

PEUGEOT 18:26:20
2 LOEB (FRA)

ELENA (MCO)

PEUGEOT 18:26:47 00:00:27
3 SAINZ (ESP)

CRUZ (ESP)

PEUGEOT 18:32:15 00:05:55 00:01:00
4 AL-ATTIYAH (QAT)

BAUMEL (FRA)

MINI 18:42:39 00:16:19 00:02:00
5 DE VILLIERS (ZAF)

VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU)

TOYOTA 18:55:41 00:29:21
6 HIRVONEN (FIN)

PERIN (FRA)

MINI 18:56:11 00:29:51
7 POULTER (ZAF)

HOWIE (ZAF)

TOYOTA 19:00:47 00:34:27
8 ALRAJHI (SAU)

GOTTSCHALK (DEU)

TOYOTA 19:03:34 00:37:14 00:05:00
9 VASILYEV (RUS)

ZHILTSOV (RUS)

TOYOTA 19:08:47 00:42:27 00:01:00
10 SPATARO (ARG)

LOZADA (ARG)

RENAULT 19:23:52 00:57:32 00:01:00
11 TERRANOVA (ARG)

GRAUE (ARG)

MINI 19:25:09 00:58:49
29 CREED (USA)

STREET (USA)

GORDINI 21:38:47 03:12:27 00:14:00
32 GORDON (USA)

WALCH (USA)

GORDINI 22:05:00 03:38:40 01:04:00

Note that Robby Gordon is now back in the 32nd position, which is three positions behind his support team car driven by Sheldon Creed.  Even if Gordon’s penalty is subsequently lifted he would still be a long way back of the leaders.

Interesting times ahead.

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