Today we were facing the fifth stage, one of the hardest according to the organization. The teams have encountered 795 kilometers in total, of which 457 were special. An alternative route back to camp has even been planned for those in trouble.
Giniel De Villiers and one of our representatives, his co-driver Álex Haro, have set a spectacular stage aboard the Toyota. They have taken another South African driver 58 seconds and one of the surprises, Brian Baragwanath, with the Century Racing vehicle.
Therefore, both teams have changed the trend of leaders since the beginning of the test. Stéphane Peterhansel, for his part, is still more of a leader. The Frenchman does not make mistakes and continues without giving up with the Mini. He was third on the stage, 2 minutes and 25 seconds behind the best time.
Nasser Al-Attiyah and Martin Prokop completed the top five positions. Orlando Terranova was seventh. Nani Roma had a great stage, eighth, just over ten minutes behind the lead. Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz finished provisional ninth, losing 15 minutes with the head.
The South African car driver Henk Lategan, debutant in the Dakar Rally, has left the cross of the day. He had an accident with his Toyota at the start of the fifth stage. He has fractured his clavicle, according to the organization. His codriver is unhurt. They rolled fourth of the general classification.
CLASSIFICATION STAGE 5 IN CARS