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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"Nothing beats these impressive machines" Announcer.

900hp, about 2,500-3000lb ft of torque and they weigh 20,000lb

Despres must be the parts hauling car

2016 Dakar Stage 5 UPDATE at KM290 of 327:

1. Loeb
2. Sainz +1m10s
3. Al-Attiyah +3m14s
4. Peterhansel +3m32s
5. Poulter +6m26s

* Sheldon Creed has passed through KM190, and is now in 36th place, +28m36s behind.


two kinds of riders...
Those that have fallen & those that will...

If that Altitude/HP thing is true how is it possible the Gordini's and Toyo's are even competitive on this stage? How much boost in this higher stages do the turbo's actually provide?

I'll guess the field is not even, those Pugs are too fast,

I think HP loss is 6% for every 1000' in altitude. Turbo reduces that a bunch. Bigger engines are less susceptible to the loss though.

319 through TV RG soon

Loeb takes the stage by 22 seconds, wow!


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