Total Distance : 932 km

Timed stage : 267 km

Another tough day for Mikko and Andreas. Hurt in the first kilometers of the stage, Mikko Hirvonen had to slow down to hold the pain and got stuck three times in the Tanaca dunes.

“Right after the start of the stage it was a lot of difficult drops from the dunes and one of them surprised me a little bit. We had a big impact and I really hurt my neck on that one. It was so painful after that I just couldn’t drive. Every little bump was hurting so much that I just came out with the first gear in the first part of the dunes. By doing that, we got stuck three times. A proper disaster day! Let’s hope that tomorrow will be kinder” Mikko said.

Later on, the crew of the car 305 found their team mates Yazeed Al-Rajhi and Timo Gottschalk stuck in the Pacific. Garafulic and Palmeiro could pull the buggy out of the water, then Mikko and Andreas towed the buggy of the Saudi to the finish.

Tomorrow, the Dakar train will travel to Bolivia’s capital La Paz. The competitors will cross the border during the 313-kilometre special stage. Now, the sand and the dunes will be replaced by mountainous and fast sections. Altogether, the squads will have to cover 760 kilometres. And on the day after tomorrow, La Paz, some 3500 metres above sea level, also will be the venue of the rest day.

Dakar 2018 Result SS5
1. S. Peterhansel (FRA) / J.-P. Cottret (FRA) Peugeot – 2h 51m 19s
2. B. Ten Brinke (NDL) / M. Périn (FRA) Toyota – 2h 56m 11s
3. G. de Villiers (RSA) / D. von Zitzewitz (GER) Toyota – 3h 04m 06s
4. C. Sainz (ESP) / L. Cruz (ESP) Peugeot – 3h 09m 29s
5. N. Al-Attiyah (QAT) / M. Baumel (FRA) Toyota – 3h 15m 52s
6. O. Terranova (ARG) / R. Graue (ARG) MINI JCW Rally – 3h 15m 57s

10. J. Przygonski (POL) / T. Colsoul (BEL) MINI JCW Rally – 3h 32m 32s

12. B. Garafulic (CHI) / F. Palmeiro (POR) MINI JCW Rally – 3h 34m 05s

28. Y. Al-Rajhi (KSA) / T. Gottschalk (GER) ) MINI JCW Buggy – 4h 45m 57s

31. M. Hirvonen (FIN) / A. Schulz (GER) MINI JCW Buggy – 5h 00m 33s

Dakar 2018 Overall result after SS5
1. S. Peterhansel (FRA) / J.-P. Cottret (FRA) Peugeot – 13h 27m 26s
2. C. Sainz (ESP) / L. Cruz (ESP) Peugeot – 13h 58m 42s
3. B. Ten Brinke (NDL) / M. Périn (FRA) Toyota – 14h 42m 42s
4. N. Al-Attiyah (QAT) / M. Baumel (FRA) Toyota – 14h 50m 47s
5. G. de Villiers (RSA) / D. von Zitzewitz (GER) Toyota – 15h 02m 00s

8. J. Przygonski (POL) / T. Colsoul (BEL) MINI JCW Rally – 15h 44m 09s

12. O. Terranova (ARG) / R. Graue (ARG) MINI JCW Rally – 17h 31m 07s

15. M. Hirvonen (FIN) / A. Schulz (GER) MINI JCW Buggy – 18h 16m 22s

28. B. Garafulic (CHI) / F. Palmeiro (POR) MINI JCW Rally – 23h 26m 15s
29. Y. Al-Rajhi (KSA) / T. Gottschalk (GER) ) MINI JCW Buggy – 23h 41m 03s