Dakar Trucks, Stage 5: Nikolaev takes first win for Kamaz, Villagra leads

Eduard Nikolaev became the fourth truck driver to win a stage in as many days of the 2016 Dakar Rally, bouncing back from Kamaz's slow start to the event - as Federico Villagra took the overall lead.

31-year-old Nikolaev, who had won the event in 2013, spent the first half of the run trailing Martin Kolomy. However, he picked up the pace and opened a gap of 2m32s by the end to record Kamaz's first stage victory in the 2016 rally.

Despite failing to match Nikolaev’s superior pace, Kolomy still confidently secured second as he finished two minutes ahead of Iveco duo Villagra and Ton van Genugten, who recorded identical times.

Ayrat Mardeev, Kamaz's top driver in the general standings, took fifth, followed by Peter Versluis and Hans Stacey, who kicked off the day as the overall leaders but were both surpassed by Villagra, now trailing him by five and 21 seconds respectively.

Villagra's squadmate Gerard de Rooy was eighth, while another Powerstar Iveco driver Ales Loprais became the first major truck casualty of the event as his rally ended prematurely due to mechanical issues.

Standings after Stage 5

Pos.No.Driver

Truck

Time/Gap
1 514

Federico Villagra

Jorge Perez Companc

Andres Memi

IVECO

14h09m13s
2 510

Pieter Versluis

Marcel Pronk

Artur Klein

MAN

5s
3 506

 Hans Stacey

 Serge Bruynkens 

 Jan van der Vaet

MAN

21s
4 501

 Gerard de Rooy

 Moises Torrallardona

 Darek Rodewald

IVECO

5m50s
5 500

 Ayrat Mardeev

 Aydar Belyaev

 Dmitriy Svistunov

Kamaz

8m49s
6 505

Martin Kolomy

David Kilian

Rene Kilian

Tatra

9m36s
6 502

Eduard Nikolaev

Evgeny Yakovlev

Vladimir Rybakov

Kamaz

11m20s
8 516

Tom van Genugten

Anton van Limpt

Peter van Eerd

IVECO

11m28s
9 529

Pascal de Baar

Martin Roesink

Wouter de Graaff

Renault

50m30s
10 518

 Pep Vila Roca

 Xavi Colome

 Marc Torres

IVECO

58m29s
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Series Dakar
Event Dakar 2016
Sub-event Stage 5: Jujuy - Uyuni
Drivers Federico Villagra , Eduard Nikolaev
Article type Stage report
Tags truck