The third day was not nearly as hard on the teams as yesterday was, a relief for all and even salvation for some.
The fifth stage of Dakar has come to a close.
Overdrive’s Issabayev, Dabrowski and Vanagas end rally in 17th, 23rd and 24th
By Robb Pritchard, Off-Road correspondent
Eduard Nikolaev flew the flag for Kamaz on truck race.
ALDO Racing Stages 4 & 5 report from the 2015 Dakar
Olympic Gold medal winner Nasser Al-Attiyah took the Car victory on the third say of Dakar 2013. Local hero Francisco Lopez now has two stage wins in the Bike classification. Triple winner now in Trucks, and Patronelli holds Quad lead.
Rest day in Tucumán, Argentina, gives the Dakar competitors a chance to regroup and get the much needed sleep before they tackle the 9th stage.
In the five South American editions of the iconic event, the 2009 champions have achieved four top-four placings.
Peru, Chile, buggies: a burst of freshness to begin with. Stage 1 took the competitors from Lima to Pisco in Peru.
South African/German duo of Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz successfully defended the third place under torrential rain.
The Imperial Toyota drivers and team had a welcome day off on after 8 stages of the Dakar. There was rest, relaxation, but also preparation for week two of the Dakar.
De Villiers and Von Zitzewitz second on stage two of Dakar rally and second overall after the Pisco loop on the first real test of the sand dunes.