Spain's Barreda wins Dakar 5th stage

The revised 6th stage was limited only to a 194 km of timed section, from the originally planned stage of 313 km but not before the riders tackled everything from snow, freezing temperature and rain; all this at an altitude of 4800 m.

All three Toyota Gazoo Racing SA Hilux crews reported clean runs, with Nasser Al Attiyah and navigator Mathieu Baumel the pick of the bunch.

Van Beveren took advantage of his starting position within the second wave of riders in the mass-style start, and he navigated the sand well to finish the 330-kilometer special stage that was part of the loop bear San Juan de Marcona with a time of 4 hours, 8 minutes and 23 seconds, 5 minutes and 1 second ahead of de Soultrait.

Giniel de Villiers and navigator Dirk von Zitzewitz was fourth-fastest on the day, finishing the stage 05:31 behind victor Carlos Sainz (Peugeot).

Spaniard Carlos Sainz seized the lead in the Dakar Rally from Peugeot team mate Stephane Peterhansel on Saturday after the defending champion struck a rock and lost an hour and 45 minutes repairing his auto. For De Villiers, however, it was clear that the naturally aspirated V8 engine of the Toyota Hilux was at a disadvantage on the high-altitude stage. "Now we have about 450 kms to make it to the Bivouac at Arequipa and it will be another day in the bag". They had very little help from the leading Peugeot, especially on the second part of the stage where there were nearly no tracks to follow.

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Ten Brinke is 1:15:16 behind Peterhansel.

KP Aravind, who was India's best performer so far, withdrew from the fifth stage (motorcycle category) of the Dakar Rally with an ankle injury.

In the end, Ten Brinke/PĂ©rin finished the stage in 7th place, 09:31 behind Sainz. Siarhei Viazovich is the best of the rest in the third spot in the general standings.

For the fifth stage, the organisers separated the route for bikes/quads and cars/trucks. The competitors now get a much-deserved rest day on 12th January, to rest their exhausted and bruised bodies and minds before the second leg of the rally kicks off. "Now tomorrow we rest and the day after we start the party again", Mena said.

The next stage of the rally will be from La Paz to Uyuni for the first marathon stage of 425 km. However, like every time, weather and climate played spoilsport as the Dakar Rally entered its Bolivian leg. "It's hard to swallow, but we will fight on over the next few days".

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