Jan 7th, 2016 Dakar Rally Stage 5 Race Info & Discussion

Join in and discuss all the action from Stage 5 of the 2016 Dakar Rally. Robby Gordon finished 10th in Stage 4, and his teammate, Sheldon Creed, finished 26th, after receiving a 10 minute penalty for speeding. The special section of Stage 5 is 327km. Robby Gordon start time: 9:21am/et, Sheldon Creed start time: 9:47am/et.

2016 Stage 4 Photos



Connection 315km | Special Stage 327km | Total 642km


All round vigilance is required for this second part of the marathon stage: in addition to managing mechanics, particularly the tyres, all the drivers will have to pay attention to their own bodies’ reactions. Entry into Bolivia is also marked by an abrupt increase in altitude, rising to 4,600m –the higher point in Dakar’s story- during the day’s special section. Technically, it is also in this stage that the rally steps up a gear, with the first off-piste sections as well as some navigational gems which might be a headache for some navigators…

The GREEN section of the route is the connection , the RED is the Special Section of the stage.

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peter in at wp1 30;47

when do they get to the sand and off the roads

later in this stage

looks like the only sand/off piste they'll get is in el rio for small bunch of kilometers , no ?

Regarding the mysterious penalty that RG seems to have...

This accident with Peterhansel DID NOT give him any penalty at all:


Elegantly solved by ASO giving the bike rider a time
reduction instead, unfair game beyond belief.

I wish they would identify the type of soil with elevation map as they used to do.


Loeb had trouble yesterday with his onboard "sentinelle" ..... let see today .

DAKAR TRACKER useless for me. Reload till i'm blue in the face.

Did BTV miss Sheldon, too?

Looks like it, thought he was up next then it skipped him, or I just missed it.



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