2020 Dakar Stage 5

Follow this link if you want to have a look at what happened on the first four stages of the Dakar.

And here’s the video report, filed by Toyota Gazoo Racing.

Update: 8.30

Stéphane Peterhansel has started the day’s special, leading out the cars following his victory yesterday. His strategy will simply be to regain time in the general standings on Nasser Al-Attiyah and Carlos Sainz, who will set off just after him.

The sandy conditions should serve the cars well today, but navigation will be harder.

Update: 9:00

Rajhi (Overdrive Toyota) is currently in the lead, followed by Ten Brinke in second and Peterhansel in third. Sainz has dropped down to eight place. Giniel de Villiers is currently fifth, while Nasser Al-Attiyah is in sixth.

Update: 9:40

Rajhi is still in the lead, followed by Peterhansel in second. Nasser Al-Attiyah is in third. Sainz has gained a few spots and is now fourth. Giniel has dropped down to seventh. Alonso was 12th at the previous waypoint and hasn’t arrived at KM103 yet.

Update: 10:40

At KM152 the results are as follows: Nasser Al-Attiyah in first, Sainz in second and Rajhi in third. Peterhansel has dropped down to sixth postion. Ten Brinke is in eight, while Giniel de Villiers dropped down to tenth. Alonso dropped down further to 15th postion. Peterhansel has dropped down due to a flat tyre.

Update: 12:00

The frontrunners have started arriving at waypoint KM303. At the last waypoint, Carlos Sainz was back in the lead, followed by Al-Attiyah in second and Terranova in third. Giniel de Villiers climbed back to fifth and Alonso climbed to ninth.

At waypoint KM303, the results are as follows. Sainz remains in the lead, Al-Attiyah is second and Peterhansel third. Giniel de Villiers is currently in fourth, but many competitors still have still have to cross this waypoint.

Update: 12:40

Carloz Sainz has claimed his second stage victory in as many days on the 2020 Dakar Rally. The Spaniard, driving a Mini inspired buggy finished stage five 2 minutes and 56 seconds ahead of Nasser Al-Attiyah in second and Stefan Peterhansel in third. This victory sees Sainz/Cruz extend their lead in the overall standings to 5 minutes and 59 seconds ahead of the Toyota Gazoo racing pairing of Al-Attiyah/Baumel and 17 minutes and 53 seconds ahead of Peterhansel/Fiuza.
Southern African sensation Ross Branch continued his fine run of form, finishing the day in seventh, 9 minutes and 42 seconds behind stage winner Toby Price. Branch is currently 14th in the overall standings.