De Mevius again very competitve.
A real feeling for the desert was presented to the protagonists of the 25th Dakar Rally today, when they had to cope with such typical requirements at their fifth stage. Stony and sandy grounds, sand dune crossings and numerous changes of direction were the main characteristics of the special stage over 285 kilometres, while the roadbook led the pilots over a total of 494 kilometres from the oasis of Tozeur to El Borma.
While Gregoire de Mevius stepped hard on the gas yesterday, he today proved his particular sensitiveness which was necessary on sandy tracks and plenty of dunes. He skilfully managed to convert 270 hp and the mighty torque of 600 Nm of his BMW X5 into propulsion. Reward for the Belgian was a forth place with a delay of 11:42 min. on the winner of the stage. In total, de Mevius improved on the forth place with 11:57 min. delay on overall leader Masuoka.
Tomorrow will be another opportunity for the pilots to show a sensitive use of the accelerator pedals, having to cross various Ergs (sandy mountain ranges) and a lot of dunes. The pilots will turn their full attention to their engine speed indicator and permanent motion of the wheels to avoid getting stuck. Therefor they will have to set to work highly concentrated and with a great stamina to cope with the requirements.