Ouarzazate to Tan Tan
Connection: 164 km - Special: 325 km - Connection: 289 km
Total: 768 km

General:

05:45 - STAGE 5: OUARZAZATE -- TAN TAN
775 km, including 325 km against the clock, are on the menu for the fifth stage along a completely new route through the Moroccan Atlas Mountains. A moonscape awaits the competitors on very winding tracks at the start of the special stage, before a smoother portion with some fords towards the end. Experience will therefore again be primordial. This might allow Stephane Peterhansel to make up ground after a difficult 4th stage. It should be noted that the trucks will be taking a slightly different route

10:01 - START OF LIVE COVERAGE
Welcome to all. At 08.00 GMT, sixty competitors were still on the course of the 4th special stage, which took place yesterday, including twenty waiting for the broom car at CP2.

Bike:

10:03 - Esteve in the lead at CP1
No. 4, ISIDRE ESTEVE - KTM, SUPER PRODUCTION
Now that the first 56 motorbikes have started the day's special stage, the first three have just gone through CP1, after 28 km. Spaniard Isidre Esteve is in the lead, 24" ahead of Cyril Despres and 29" in front of Marc Coma.

General:

10:05 - All departures postponed by 20 minutes
All the departure times for the day's special stage, the 5th, have been put back by 20 minutes.

Bike:

10:13 - 95 bikes at CP1
At 09.00 GMT, the first 95 riders had gone through CP1.

Car:

10:47 - Start of the car special stage
No. 310, SCHLESSER/DEBRON - BUGGY SCHLESSER, SUPER RPODUCTION
Yesterday's special winner, Frenchman Jean-Louis Schlesser, kicked off proceedings for the day's special stage at 09.30 GMT as scheduled.

Bike:

10:49 - Esteve leads after 129 km
No. 4, ISIDRE ESTEVE - KTM, SUPER PRODUCTION
Now that the first two bikes have completed 129 km, Spaniard Isidre Esteve is the virtual leader of the day's special stage, 1'03 ahead of Frenchman Cyril Despres.

General:

10:50 - 201 competitors took starter's orders
At 09.40 GMT, 201 competitors were ready to take starter's orders for the day's stage.

Bike:

11:06 - 20 non-starting bikers
At 09.30 GMT, 20 bikers had not started the day's stage. Nos. 25, 39, 84, 87, 90, 96, 119, 127, 156, 162, 163, 164, 166, 172, 190, 193, 206, 212, 225 and 255.

11:08 - Esteve is the virtual leader after 129 km
N°4, ISIDRE ESTEVE - KTM, SUPER PRODUCTION
Now that the first 13 bikes have completed 129 km, Spaniard Isidre Esteve is the virtual leader of the day's special stage, 1'03 ahead of Cyril Despres and 6'01 in front of David Casteu.

Car:

11:10 - Sainz leads at CP1
No. 303, SAINZ/PERIN - VOLKSWAGEN, SUPER PRODUCTION
Now that the first 3 cars have gone through CP1 (after 28 km) Spaniard Carlos Sainz is the virtual leader of the day's special stage, 34" ahead of Portuguese driver Carlos Sousa and 1'03 in front of Frenchman Jean-Louis Schlesser.

11:12 - De Villiers leads at CP1
No. 301, DE VILLIERS/VON ZITZEWITZ - VOLKSWAGEN, SUPER PRODUCTION South
African Giniel De Villers now leads the special stage at CP1, 1" ahead of Sainz.

Bike:

11:14 - Esteve leads at CP3
No. 4, ISIDRE ESTEVE - KTM, SUPER PRODUCTION
Now that the first 2 bikes have gone through CP3 (after 180 km), Spaniard Isidre Esteve is the virtual leader of the special stage, 1'58 ahead of countryman Marc Coma.

11:33 - Despres, 3rd at CP3
No. 2, CYRIL DESPRES - KTM, SUPERPRODUCTION
Frenchman Cyril Despres was in 3rd position at CP3, 2'09 behind the virtual leader, his Spanish team-mate Isidre Esteve.

Car:

11:35 - Peterhansel is virtual leader at CP1
No. 302, PETERHANSEL/COTTRET - MITSUBISHI, SUPER PRODUCTION
Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel is the virtual leader of the special stage at CP1, 30" ahead of Giniel De Villiers.

11:36 - Sainz leads at CP2
No. 303, SAINZ/PERIN - VOLKSWAGEN, SUPER PRODUCTION
Now that the first 2 cars have gone through CP2 (after 56 km), Spaniard Carlos Sainz has a lead of 10" over Portugal's Carlos Sousa.

12:01 - Ximenes in a hole
No. 397, XIMENES/ROLDAN - MITSUBISHI, SUPER PRODUCTION
The Brazilian team of Riamburgo Ximenes and Lourival Roldan has fallen into a ditch after 8 km of the special stage, fortunately without serious consequences and is now waiting for help to get them out of the hole they are in and restart this 5th special stage.

Bike:

12:11 - Despres is first past the 238 km mark
No. 2, CYRIL DESPRES - KTM, SUPER PRODUCTION
Frenchman Cyril Despres is the first past the 238 km mark of the special stage.

Car:

12:29 - Sainz leads after 129 km
No. 303, SAINZ/PERIN - VOLKSWAGEN, SUPER PRODUCTION
Now that the first 2 cars have completed 129 km, Spaniard Carlos Sainz is the virtual leader of the special stage, 3'42 ahead of Portuguese driver Carlos Sousa.

12:47 - Saby is 2 hrs. 50 min. late
No. 349, SABY/BRIANI - FIAT, SUPER PRODUCTION
Frenchman Bruno Saby started out on the day's special stage at 11.05 GMT, two hours and fifty minutes later than his scheduled departure time.

Bike:

12:55 - Esteve is the provisional winner of the special stage
No. 4, ISIDRE ESTEVE - KTM, SUPER PRODUCTION
Now that the first 2 bikes have finished the 5th special stage, Spaniard Isidre Esteve is the provisional winner, 1'54 ahead of countryman Marc Coma.

Car:

13:16 - Miller leads after 129 km
No. 305, MILLER/PITCHFORD - VOLKSWAGEN, SUPER PRODUCTION
Now that the first 22 cars have completed 129 km, American Mark Miller is the virtual leader of the special stage, 2'25 ahead of Stephane Peterhansel and 2'29 in front of Guerlain Chicherit.

Bike:

13:23 - Despres in virtual 3rd place in the day's special
No. 2, CYRIL DESPRES - KTM, SUPER PRODUCTION
Frenchman Cyril Despres has finished this 5th special stage, arriving in 3rd position, 5'02 behind the provisional winner, Spaniard Marc Coma.

Car:

13:23 - Sainz provisionally in the lead at CP 3
No. 303, SAINZ/PERIN - VOLKSWAGEN, SUPER PRODUCTION
Now that the first 4 cars have gone through CP3 (after 180 km), Spaniard Carlos Sainz is the virtual leader of the day's special stage, 1'04 ahead of his South African team-mate Giniel de Villiers and 3'20 in front of Spaniard Nani Roma.

Bike:

13:34 - Engine problems for Cornuaille
No. 44, JEAN-NOEL CORNUAILLE - KTM, SUPER PRODUCTION
French biker Jean-Noel Cornuaille has a stalled engine after 153 km of this 5th special stage and is now waiting for assistance.

Car:

13:35 - Chicherit leads at CP3
No. 312, CHICHERIT/BAUMEL - BMW, SUPER PRODUCTION
Now that the first 11 cars have gone through CP3 (after 180 km), Frenchman Guerlain Chicherit is the virtual leader of the day's special stage, 1'05 ahead of Spaniard Carlos Sainz and 1'46 in front of American Mark Miller.

Bike:

14:24 - Murray and Gomez Pallaz waiting for the broom car
No. 212, NEVILLE MURRAY - KTM, SUPER PRODUCTION
No. 225, FRANCISCO GOMEZ PALLAS - YAMAHA, SUPER PRODUCTION
South African biker Neville Murray and fellow rider Spaniard Francisco Gomez Pallas both broke down at the same point of the day's special stage and are together waiting for the 'broom car'.

Car:

14:26 - Chicherit leads after 238 km
No. 312, CHICHERIT/BAUMEL - BMW, SUPER PRODUCTION
Now that the first 4 cars have completed 238 km of the special, Frenchman Guerlain Chicherit is the virtual leader of the day's special stage, 9" ahead of Spaniard Carlos Sainz and 1'25 in front of South African Villiers.

Bike:

14:28 - Broken engine for Fillatre
No. 189, ANTHONY FILLATRE - YAMAHA, QUAD
Having suffered a broken engine after 257 km of the day's special stage, French rider Anthony Fillatre is now waiting for the 'broom car'.

15:02 - Esteve triumphant in today's special
No. 4, ISIDRE ESTEVE - KTM, SUPER PRODUCTION
Now that the first 75 bikes have completed the 5th special stage, Spaniard Isidre Esteve is the winner with a time of 3'56'22", 1'54" ahead of countryman Marc Coma and 5'02 in front of Frenchman Cyril Despres.

Truck:

15:03 - 74 trucks take starter's orders
74 trucks started the 5th stage today.

15:15 - Stacey leads after 129 km
No. 501, STACEY/GOTLIB/DER KINDEREN -- MAN
Now that the first 12 trucks have completed 129 km, Dutchman Hans Stacey is in the lead, 1'29 ahead of Russian Vladimir Chagin and 2'17 in front of the Netherlands' Gerard De Rooy.

Car:

15:24 - 2nd special stage victory for Sainz
No. 303, SAINZ/PERIN - VOLKSWAGEN, SUPER PRODUCTION
Now that the first 20 cars have finished the 5th special stage, Spaniard Carlos Sainz has won with a time of 3'36'39", 30" ahead of Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel and 1'41 in front of South African Giniel De VIlliers

Truck:

15:50 - Mechanical problem for Chagin
No. 500, CHAGIN/YAKUBOV/SAVOSTIN -- KAMAZ
The leader of the general rankings for trucks, Russian Vladimir Chagin, has been held up 1 km from CP3 due to a mechanical problem.

15:52 - Stacey in the lead at CP3
No. 501, STACEY/GOTLIB/DER KINDEREN -- MAN
Now that the first 4 trucks have gone through CP3, Dutchman Hans Stacey leads, 1'38 ahead of countryman Gerard De Rooy and 7'07 in front of Wulfert Van Ginkel.

15:54 - Chagin on his way again
No. 500, CHAGIN/YAKUBOV/SAVOSTIN -- KAMAZ
Russian Vladimir Chagin has set off again after solving a diesel intake problem with his Kamaz truck and arrived at CP3 21'29 behind Stacey.

16:35 - Stacey leads after 238 km
No. 501, STACEY/GOTLIB/DER KINDEREN -- MAN
Now that the first 3 trucks have completed 238 km, Dutchman Hans Stacey is in the lead, 2'09 ahead of countryman Gerard De Rooy and 8'58 in front of Russian Ilgizar Mardeev.

Bike:

16:42 - It's all over for Cornel de Villiers
No. 254, CORNEL DE VILLIERS - YAMAHA, QUAD
After suffering engine failure after 257 km of this 5th special stage, South African quad rider Cornel De Villiers could not repair the problem and is now waiting for the 'broom car'.

Truck:

17:30 - Chagin tips over
No. 500, CHAGIN/YAKUBOV/SAVOSTIN -- KAMAZ
The leader of the general rankings, Vladimir Chagin made a mistake after 292 km and tipped his truck on its side. Having suffered a diesel intake problem after 179 km, which lost him 21 minutes, the Russian was trying to make up for lost time.

17:31 - Stacey leads after 302 km
No. 501, STACEY/GOTLIB/DER KINDEREN -- MAN
Now that the first 5 trucks have completed 302 km, Dutchman Hans Stacey is in the lead, 3'39 ahead of countryman Gerard De Rooy and 11'30 in front of Russian Ilgizar Mardeev.

17:34 - Stacey wins the special stage
No. 501, STACEY/GOTLIB/DER KINDEREN -- MAN
Now that the first 3 trucks have finished the 5th special stage, Dutchman Hans Stacey has triumphed, 3'51 ahead of countryman Gerard De Rooy and 11'46 in front of Russian Ilgizar Mardeev.

18:05 - Chagin drops out
No. 500, CHAGIN/YAKUBOV/SAVOSTIN -- KAMAZ
Following a mistake after 292 km of the day's special stage, Vladimir Chagin, the five-times winner of the rally who was leading the general rankings, has been forced to drop out of the race.

Car:

19:31 - It's all over for the Fiat 4x4s!
Timed-out at the start of the day's special stage and suffering from technical problems, Bruno Saby and Miki Biasion have both dropped out of the rally today. However, the two drivers and their team have decided to stay in Foum-Zguid for several days in order to carry out tests with a view to taking part next year.

Bike:

19:36 - Stage 5 summary
Pending validation, Spaniard Isidre Esteve Pujol (KTM) won the fifth special scratch time stage, with a time of 3'56'22" ahead of Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM), who nonetheless still leads the general rankings 9'56 in front of Esteve. Third place of the day went to Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM), 5'02 behind. In the 450 cc category, Portugal's Ruben Faria (Yamaha) triumphed, with the 6th-placed scratch time. In the Marathon category, Latvian Janis Vinters (KTM) was victorious, with the 14th -placed scratch time. Finally, as regards the quads, Spaniard Juan Manuel Gonzalez (KTM) won.

Car:

19:41 - Stage 5 summary
Pending validation, Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW) won the fifth special scratch time stage, with a time of 3'36'39'', 30'' ahead of Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (Mitsubishi), strengthening his position at the top of the general rankings with a lead that now totals 3'36 over his team-mate Giniel De Villiers (VW). The South African finished 3rd today, 1'41 behind Sainz. For the two-wheel drive vehicles, Russian Serguey Shmakov (ZIL) picked up the stage victory with the 11th-placed scratch time. In the Open category, American Robby Gordon (Hummer) triumphed with the 15th-placed scratch time. Finally in the Production category, Italian Maurizio Traglio (Nissan) was victorious, coming 39th in the scratch time standings.

Truck;

19:44 - Stage 5 summary
Pending validation, Dutchman Hans Stacey (Man) won the fifth special scratch time stage, with a time of 3'41'59, 3'51" ahead of countryman Gerard de Rooy (Ginaf) and 11'46'' in front of Russian Ilgizar Mardeev (Kamaz). A noteworthy absence from now on will be five-times winner Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz), who dropped out of the rally, leaving Stacy at the top of the general rankings, 34'35 in front of Gerard De Rooy.

General:

19:46 - 388 vehicles made it through the special stage
At 18.30 GMT, 194 bikes, 138 cars and 56 trucks had finished the fifth special stage and were heading to or had already arrived at the bivouac in Tan Tan, the finishing point of this 5th stage.

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