For Team X-raid, the fifth stage of the 2017 Dakar didn’t run exactly positive. In particular, some of the pairings had major problems with the difficult navigation. Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) / Michel Périn (FRA) in a MINI John Cooper Works Rally who unfortunately lost a lot of time due to navigation problems, finished 15th.
Today’s stage had it all: at the beginning, the field drove up into the mountains, from there into a riverbed and afterwards, dunes were waiting for the competitors. But the riverbed proved to be particularly treacherous and nearly all the competitors lost their way, in this section.
The pairing Hirvonen / Périn had its problems with the difficult navigation. “We got completely lost twice,” reveals the Finn. “It was difficult for everybody but the second time we lost our way alone cost us 40 minutes.”
In tomorrow’s stage six, the field will be taken to Bolivia’s capital La Paz where the competitors also will spend the rest day. But before having the opportunity to do so, they will have to cover another 786 kilometres, including a 259-kilometre special stage. In the opening stages, the field once again will have to cope with dunes and later the route will take it past Lake Titicaca.
2017 Dakar result SS5:
1st S. Loeb (FRA) / D. Elena (MNC) Peugeot – 2h 24m 03s
2nd N. Roma (ESP) / A. Haro (ESP) Toyota – 2h 24m 47s
3rd S. Peterhansel (FRA) / J.-P. Cottret Peugeot – 2h 25m 34s
4th C. Despres (FRA) / D. Castera (FRA) Peugeot – 2h 34m 36s
5th R. Dumas (FRA) / A. Guehennec (FRA) Peugeot – 2h 35m 58s
15th M. Hirvonen (FIN) / M. Périn (FRA) MINI John Cooper Works Rally – 3h 06m 59s
2017 Dakar overall standings after SS5:
1st S. Peterhansel (FRA) / J.-P. Cottret Peugeot – 14h 02m 58s
2nd S. Loeb (FRA) / D. Elena (MNC) Peugeot – 14h 04m 07s
3rd C. Despres (FRA) / D. Castera (FRA) Peugeot – 14h 07m 52s
4th N. Roma (ESP) / A. Haro (ESP) Toyota – 14h 08m 33s
5th M. Hirvonen (FIN) / M. Périn (FRA) MINI John Cooper Works Rally – 14h 45m 19s
6th J. Przygonski (POL) / T. Colsoul (BEL) MINI ALL4 Racing – 15h 02m 53s
7th O. Terranova (ARG) / A. Schulz (GER) MINI John Cooper Works Rally – 15h 07m 47s