Stage 5 Neuquen to San Rafael notes

Stage 5 Wednesday 7 January 2009 Neuquen to San Rafael * Connection 173 km * Special 506 km * Connection 84 km Times given in G.M.T. -3 23:00 - Car Stage 5: summary Pending validation, South-Africa's Giniel de Villiers (VW) has won his ...

Stage 5
Wednesday 7 January 2009
Neuquen to San Rafael

* Connection 173 km
* Special 506 km
* Connection 84 km

Times given in G.M.T. -3

23:00 - Car
Stage 5: summary

Pending validation, South-Africa's Giniel de Villiers (VW) has won his first stage in the rally raid, his 9th on the total of his participations in the Dakar, 2'18" ahead of his team mate from Volkswagen, Germany's Dieter Depping, and 4'12" in front of the Hummer of American driver Robby Gordon. Fourth at 5'23", Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (BMW), is today's top strategist. Indeed, benefitting from a somersault of Spaniard driver Carlos Sainz (VW) in the last part of the special stage, the Qatari has taken the lead in the general standings, 2'24" ahead of South-Africa's De Villiers, who is also the new second place and 6'33" ahead of "El Matador" Sainz. In the new Open category, it is a new victory for Robby Gordon (Hummer), who gets a nice third place.

22:54 - Bike
Stage 5: summary

Pending validation, US rider Jonah Street (KTM) has won stage 5; it is the American's first stage victory on the Dakar. He wins with a 7'34" lead over Chile's Francisco "Chaleco" Lopez (KTM) and an 11'12" lead over the 450cc Yamaha of French rider David Fretigne. Therefore, in the general standings, Spanish rider Marc Coma (KTM), who has lost 15' today due to a flat tyre, is now 27'12" ahead of Street, which stengthens his position at the top of the marathon category and 39'09" ahead of Frenchman David Fretigne (Yamaha), who is the leader in the 450cc category.

22:49 - Truck
Stage 5: summary

Pending validation, Russian driver Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz) has won stage 5; it is his first stage victory in this 31st edition of the Dakar but his 26th stage victories on his total participation in the rally raid. He won with a 12'19" lead over his countryman and team mate Vladimir Chagin and a 12'28" lead over Dutchman Gerard de Rooy (Ginaf). By a way of consequence, in the general standings, Gerard De Rooy (Ginaf) remains the leader in the rally but for only 13 seconds in front of the Russian Kamaz of Firdaus Kabirov, who is brand new in second place. The Czar, Chagin, is ranking 3rd, 10'05" behind the Dutchman.

22:45 - Quad
Stage 5: summary

Pending validation, Spain's Joan Manuel Gonzalez (Yamaha) won stage 5, hence achieving here his 2nd consecutive success on the Dakar with a 24'06" lead over Czech Republic's Josef Machacek (Yamaha) and 1h11'38" ahead of Italian driver Marcos Patronelli (Can-Am). In the general standings, Gonzalez is now in the lead.

22:17 - Quad
254 - Second stage victory in a row for Gonzalez

So far, two quads have arrived at the end of this fifth stage and it is Spain's Joan Manuel Gonzalez (Yamaha) who won and is adding his second consecutive stage victory to yesterday's as he finishes with a 24'06" lead over Czech Republic's Josef Machacek (Yamaha).

21:24 - Truck
506 - 26th stage victory for Kabirov!

As the first 3 trucks have now reached the end of today's special stage, it's Russian driver Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz) who has won the stage with a 12'19" over his fellow countryman and team mate Vladimir Chagin and a 12'28" lead over Dutchman Gerard de Rooy (Ginaf), who remains the leader in the general standings but with a tiny little 13" lead over his main contender, Kabirov.

21:03 - Car
312 - Race over for Lavieille

Victim of an fire on his Dessoude prototype about 20km from the arrival of today's special stage, Frenchman Christian Lavieille and his Belgian co-pilot, Jean-Paul Forthomme have been forced to withdraw from the raid.

20:18 - Car
302 - Al-Attiyah is the new leader of the general standings!

Arrived 5'23" after today's stage winner, Qatari driver Nasser Al-Attiyah (BMW) made the most of the miseries of Carlos Sainz (VW) in the last set of dunes to get to the top of the general standings. The Spanish VW driver arrived at the end of the special stage 15'42" after the day's winner and 10'19 after the Qatari.

20:15 - Car
305 - Special stage victory for De Villiers

The first 9 cars have now reached the end of the day's special stage and South-Africa's Giniel De Villiers (VW) is the provisional winner of the 5th stage, 2'18" ahead of his German team mate Dieter Depping (VW) and 4'12" ahead of US driver Robby Gordon (Hummer).

20:04 - Quad
258 - Gonzalez is making the best of Declerck's bad luck

As the 3 first contenders have now passed CP2, Spain's Joan Manuel Gonzalez (Yamaha) checked in the lead, 5'25" ahead of Czech driver Josef Machacek (Yamaha) and 23'52" ahead of the leader in the general standings, Christophe Declerck (Yamaha). In the lead since the beginning of the special stage this morning, the leader in the general standings endured a flat tyre between both CPs.

19:51 - Car
The sand dunes are giving the leaders a hard time

As battle is raging in the last sand dunes of this fifth special stage, the leader in the general standings, Spain's Carlos Sainz (VW) made a driving mistake and tore off his front hood. Same situation but for the rear hood for Stephane Peterhansel (Mitsubishi). However, both drivers were able to continue the race.

19:42 - Truck
506 - Kabirov, provisional leader at CP2

As the first 4 trucks have now passed CP2, Russia's Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz) checked in the lead, 11" ahead of general standings leader, Dutchman Gerard De Rooy (Ginaf), and 11'48" ahead of his team mate and countryman Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz).

19:17 - Bike
15 - Verhoeven, second fastest time of the day

As the first 10 bikes have now reached the end of the day's special stage, it is now Dutchman Frans Verhoeven (KTM) who finishes with the second fastest time 5'53" behind the winner of the day, US rider Jonah Street (KTM), but 1'41" ahead of Chile's Francisco Lopez (KTM), who is now third in the stage standings.

18:49 - Bike
2 - Marc Coma looses a quarter of an hour

Timed at 6h56'51", the leader in the general standings, Spanish biker Marc Coma (KTM) a lost 15'45" on today's winner, Jonah Street (KTM). As for Cyril Despres (KTM), he also lost 14'46" on the young American rider.

18:47 - Bike
26 - First stage victory for Street

As the first 5 cars have now reached the end of this 5th special stage, American rider Jonah Street (KTM) has been so far timed in the lead of the stage rankings, 7'34" ahead of Chile's Francisco Lopez (KTM) and 11'12 ahead of Frenchman David Fretigne and his 450cc Yamaha.

18:38 - Car
302 - Depping is provisional stage leader at CP2

As the first 8 cars have now crossed CP2, it is German driver Dieter Depping (VW) who checked in the lead, 24" ahead of Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel (Mitsubishi) and 1'30" ahead of Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW).

18:28 - Truck
258 - Declerck still attacking

The leader in the general rankings of the quad category, Frenchman Christophe Declerck (Yamaha) further strengthened its leadership over the special stage and had at km 301 a 26'30" lead over Brazil's Carlo Collet (Can-Am) and a 26'47" lead over Spain's Joan Manuel Gonzalez (Yamaha).

17:35 - Car
307 - Depping still provisional leader at km 301

The first 20 cars have now passed km 301 and German driver Dieter Depping (VW) is still in the lead of today's special stage, 1'08" ahead of Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (BMW) and 1'59" ahead of Spanish driver Carlos Sainz (VW), who has a 4" lead over Peterhansel, presently in fourth position.

17:22 - Bike
20 - Lopez still in the lead at CP2

As the first 8 bikes have now crossed CP2, Chile's Francisco Lopez (KTM) is still in the lead of today's special stage, 5'48" ahead of American biker Jonah Street (KTM) and 9'31" ahead of Frenchman David Fretigne (Yamaha). The leader of the general standings, Spanish rider Marc Coma (KTM) checked 15'40" behind the Chilean and France's Cyril Despres (KTM) checked 23'00" behind Lopez.

17:08 - Truck
501 - Chagin leader at CP1

As the first 6 trucks have now crossed CP1, Russian driver Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) checks in the lead of today's special stage, 2'51" ahead of his fellow countryman and team mate Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz) and 3'16" ahead of the leader in the general standings, Dutchman Gerard de Rooy (Ginaf).

16:34 - Quad
258 - Declerck puts even more distance between him and his contenders

After the first 9 quads cleared CP1, Frenchman Christophe Declerck (Yamaha) has now put some huge distance between him and the rest of the contenders in the lead of the day's special stage and was timed 20'06" ahead of Brazil's Carlo Collet (Can-AM) and 23'26" ahead of Poland's Rafal Sonik (Yamaha).

16:26 - Car
307 - Depping, provisional leader at CP1

As the first 10 cars have crossed CP1, it is now Germany's Dieter Depping (VW) who checks in the lead of the day's special stage, 21" ahead of France's Stephane Peterhansel (Mitsubishi)and 2'03" ahead of Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (BMW).

16:22 - Car
325 - The race is over for Muller

In the race with a single-seater buggy, Frenchman Yvan Muller (SMG), 2008 World Touring Car Champion was forced to withdraw at km 40 of today's special stage after his buggy caught fire probably after colliding with the truck of Portuguese driver Elisabete Jacinto (MAN), whose vehicle is also ablaze. Fortunately, none of the two crews was injured in the incident.

15:49 - Car
300 - Peterhansel, provisional leader at km 102

As the first 20 cars have now passed km 102 of today's special stage, it is now France's Stephane Peterhansel (Mitsubishi) who checks in the lead, 5" ahead of US driver Robby Gordon (Hummer) and 41" ahead of Germany's Dieter Depping (VW).

15:37 - Car
2 - Coma gets a flat

Started first this morning, Spain's Marc Coma (KTM) lost 19' in the beginning of the special stage due to a flat tyre on km 45. The leader in the general standings has been able to repair and has already partly caught up.

14:46 - Car
309 - Gordon, provisional leader at km 31

As the first 10 cars have now crossed km 31, American driver Robby Gordon (Hummer) was timed in the lead, 10" ahead of Stephane Peterhansel (Mitsubishi) and 19" ahead of Guerlain Chicherit (BMW).

14:36 - Bike
2 - Coma back to normal race speed

Probably victim of a mechanical problem in the beginning of today's special stage, leader in the general standings, Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM) is now back at normal race speed and lagging 17'43 behing today's provisional leader at CP1, Lopez (KTM).

14:34 - Bike
1 - Despres provisionally timed thrid at CP1

Due to an Iritrack problem since the beginning of the stage, France's Cyril Despres (KTM) has now just been timed third, 2'43" from the stage's provisional leader.

14:32 - Bike
20 - Lopez, provisional leader at CP1

As the 4 first bikes have now crossed CP1, Chile's Francisco Lopez (KTM) was timed in the lead 2'38" ahead of US biker Jonah Street (KTM).

14:30 - Bike
20 - Lopez still in the lead

As the first 10 bikes have now crossed km 170 of today's special stage, Chile's Francisco Lopez (KTM) is still in the lead, 3'04" ahead of US biker Street (KTM) and 5'05" ahead of Frenchman Fretigne (Yamaha). The leader in the general standings, Spain's Marc Coma (KTM) still checks more than 19' behind the leader and the Iritrack of Cyril Despres is still not giving the rider's position.

13:56 - Car
301 - It's a go for cars and trucks...

Winner of yesterday's special stage and in the general standings, Spain's Carlos Sainz (VW) started the day's special stage for cars at 9h42 as scheduled followed 2' later by his main rival since the beginning of the rally raid, Qatari driver Nasser Al-Attiyah (BMW). On the trucks' side, yesterday's winner and leader in the general standings, Dutchman Gerard De Rooy (Ginaf) will be starting 26th just before the three Russian Kamaz trucks.

13:32 - Quad
258 - Declerck in the lead at km 31

As half of the quad contenders have now crossed km 31 of today's special stage, France's Christophe Declerck (Yamaha) checked in the lead, 13" ahead of yesterday's winner, Spain's Gonzalez (Yamaha) and 32" ahead of Uruguay's Luis Henderson (Suzuki).

13:21 - Bike
2 - Potential problem for Coma

After starting first of today's special stage, leader in the general standings Spain's Marc Coma (KTM) checked with more than 19" delay on Lopez at km 102 of the day's special stage.

13:19 - Bike
20 - Lopez, provisional leader at km 102

After the first 7 bikes have reached km 102 of the day's special stage, Chile's Francisco Lopez (KTM) checked in the lead, 2'32" ahead of USA's Jonah Street (KTM) and 3'32" of France's David Fretigne (Yamaha). It is however to be noted that the iritrak of Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) is not giving the rider's position for the time being.

12:00
READY, STEADY, GO!

Good morning and welcome. At the end of yesterday's Stage 4, 420 crews - 171 bikes, 24 quads, 151 cars and 74 trucks - finished the stage ane are in the rankings... As to the race, Spanish rider Marc Coma (KTM), winner of yesterday's stage and leader by far in the general standings, has started the day's special stage at 7:35 AM as scheduled, followed 2' later by Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM).

07:00
Stage 5: Neuquen -- San Rafael

There are 762.71 km on the menu for the 5th stage, of which 505.64 will be against the clock, over a varied route, alternating between bumpy and quick tracks, as well as some off-track racing with, in particular, the first major sandy stretches and ranges of dunes to be crossed at the end of the specials stage. This could well be an opportunity for Mitsubishi to take advantage of its drivers' experience and make up some ground on the Volkswagens and especially the BMWs, the surprise package of this start to the Dakar. In the bike race, Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) will have same goal, in order to continue climbing up the general standings, whilst Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM) could allow himself to just make sure he loses no ground...

-credit: aso

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Series Dakar
Drivers Robby Gordon , Carlos Sainz , Yvan Muller , Dieter Depping , Stéphane Peterhansel , Giniel de Villiers , Cyril Despres , Gerard de Rooy , Christian Lavieille , Marc Coma , Nasser Al-Attiyah , David Fretigne , Guerlain Chicherit , Vladimir Chagin , Firdaus Kabirov , Jonah Street , Frans Verhoeven , Elisabete Jacinto , Francisco Lopez , Jean-Paul Forthomme , Josef Machacek , Marcos Patronelli , Rafal Sonik , Christophe Declerck