Dakar: BMW riders stage six report

Boorman forced to retire from Dakar rally Charley Boorman has been forced to retire from the 2006 Euromilhões Lisbon to Dakar Rally after crashing and breaking his hand on day five of the event - one third of the way through his first Dakar ...

Boorman forced to retire from Dakar rally

Charley Boorman has been forced to retire from the 2006 Euromilhões Lisbon to Dakar Rally after crashing and breaking his hand on day five of the event - one third of the way through his first Dakar rally. The stage from Ouarzazate to Tan Tan was 819km in length and included a 315km special stage.

Charley will continue to follow the rally to support his fellow Race to Dakar team-mates Simon Pavey and Matt Hall on their quest to get to the end of the arduous event. Charley will also be assisting with the further production of the Race to Dakar television series, which is due to be aired on Sky in October.

The remaining members of the Race to Dakar team left the tricky tracks of Morocco behind them today and entered Mauritania. Today's sixth stage was another a big one (792 km) from Tan Tan to Zouerat, with Pavey and Hall starting a long liaison (336 km) in the middle of the night before having to cope with the 444 km special, which included wide open fast sections as well as stretches of sand in the second half.

Navigation came into play today on the fast off-road terrain, where it was easy to make mistakes and lose time. However, both riders made it successfully to Zouerat (in 107th and 111th place), as did BMW rider Nick Plumb, who finished marginally ahead in 101st place. These results put Plumb in 90th, Hall in 108th and Pavey in 117th position in the overall rankings.

Chilean Carlo De Gavardo, won today's stage in just over four hours, with Italian Giovanni Sala second and Spaniard Isidre Esteve third. Yesterday's stage winner Cyril Despres broke his collarbone today but has decided to continue racing, despite struggling to hold on to his second place in the overall rankings. Marc Coma remains at the top of the leader board after finishing fifth today.

-www.racetodakar.com

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Series Dakar
Drivers Cyril Despres , Giovanni Sala , Marc Coma , Charley Boorman , Matt Hall , Simon Pavey