SS6 Total Distance : 758 km

Timed section : 313 km

The sixth leg of the 2018 Dakar led the participants to the Bolivian capital La Paz, where the rest day takes place tomorrow. There were no dunes on the agenda today, but the participants were almost the entire special stage at an altitude of over 4000 meters – the highest point was more than 4,600 meters. Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) and Andreas Schulz (GER) finished sixth in the MINI John Cooper Works Buggy.

“SS6 was a contrast with what we saw yesterday. The start of the race was really muddy on places, wet and normal roads all the way through. It was nice to see how the car works in the these areas and I’m happy with it. I think that top speed is something we could improve especially in the second part of the stage. In the first one we were going really well but the second part was straight all the time. Like 10-15 kilometers flat out with just one corner and jump and I don’t like it so much. So we lost a bit of time in the faster section but other than that, our MINI John Cooper Works Buggy is feeling really good so I’m really happy.” said the Finn. 

Tomorrow is the rest day. The team will completely dismantle the vehicles in order to prepare them as well as possible for the second part of the Dakar 2018. In addition, participants will have to manage the day after tomorrow without service. On the marathon stage the crews drive to Uyuni, while the rest of the team drives to Tupiza. On Sunday everyone meets again in Tupiza.

Dakar 2018 Result SS6
1. C. Sainz (ESP) / L. Cruz (ESP) Peugeot – 2h 53m 30s
2. S. Peterhansel (FRA) / J.-P. Cottret (FRA) Peugeot – 2h 57m 36s
3. N. Al-Attiyah (QAT) / M. Baumel (FRA) Toyota – 2h 58m 35s
4. G. de Villiers (RSA) / D. von Zitzewitz (GER) Toyota – 2h 59m 01s
5. C. Despres (FRA) / D. Castera (FRA) Peugeot – 3h 02m 19s
6. M. Hirvonen (FIN) / A. Schulz (GER) MINI JCW Buggy – 3h 02m 26s

10. J. Przygonski (POL) / T. Colsoul (BEL) MINI JCW Rally – 3h 06m 09s

12. B. Garafulic (CHI) / F. Palmeiro (POR) MINI JCW Rally – 3h 11m 23s

38. Y. Al-Rajhi (KSA) / T. Gottschalk (GER) ) MINI JCW Buggy – 3h 52m 04s

tba O. Terranova (ARG) / R. Graue (ARG) MINI JCW Rally –

Dakar 2018 Overall result SS6
1. S. Peterhansel (FRA) / J.-P. Cottret (FRA) Peugeot – 16h 25m 02s
2. C. Sainz (ESP) / L. Cruz (ESP) Peugeot – 16h 52m 12s
3. B. Ten Brinke (NDL) / M. Périn (FRA) Toyota – 17h 45m 43s
4. N. Al-Attiyah (QAT) / M. Baumel (FRA) Toyota – 17h 49m 22s
5. G. de Villiers (RSA) / D. von Zitzewitz (GER) Toyota – 18h 01m 01s
6. J. Przygonski (POL) / T. Colsoul (BEL) MINI JCW Rally – 18h 50m 18s

13. M. Hirvonen (FIN) / A. Schulz (GER) MINI JCW Buggy – 21h 18m 48s

15. B. Garafulic (CHI) / F. Palmeiro (POR) MINI JCW Rally – 26h 40m 38s

28. Y. Al-Rajhi (KSA) / T. Gottschalk (GER) MINI JCW Buggy – 27h 33m 07s

tba O. Terranova (ARG) / R. Graue (ARG) MINI JCW Rally –