Insidious Peruvian dunes, badly crippled participants of “Dakar-2018”, is left behind. On the sixth day of racing started of the mountain. Many crews Bolivian Altiplano, probably, seemed a Paradise after five days in a row in the sand…
Caravan participants crossed the border of Bolivia. Special stage along the shores of the magnificent lake Titicaca gave the crews the opportunity to get acquainted with mountainous terrain and high-speed roads. However, it is important to be careful on the high plains and areas located at a height of 4722 meters above sea level to arrive safely at the bivouac in La Paz, where on January 12 will be a day of rest, which will help the participants to acclimate to the altitude.
Antoine MEO got a taste. After a brilliant fourth place on the eve of the French rider, half of the year reversed after injuries, celebrated the victory and dispelled all doubts about his physical shape. The KTM rider was ahead by exactly half a minute teammate, the winner of “Dakar-2016” Toby price and the Argentinean Kevin Benavides, who became the new leader of the General classification.
In the category of ATVs seem to have a new rising star – a young Jeremias gonzález Ferioli dominated from start to finish and for the first time in his career won the Dakar special stage.
Let Carlos Sainz is already far not young, but “Matador” is obviously on the rise. It was the Spaniard became the best in the class of SUVs, showing that the Bolivian highways are perfectly suited to his driving style. In the overall standings continues to lead with the second Peugeot driver Stephane Peterhansel – Frenchman though lost my partner four minutes, but its advantage is still about half an hour.
Federico Villagra celebrated his second victory in the truck category, coming to the leaders in the final stage ahead two minutes nearest rival Martin Kolomý. The overall leader of the driver of the “KAMAZ-Master” Eduard Nikolaev was the sixth, but lost to the Argentine on the Iveco only five minutes – so dense it looks at the first stage in Bolivia.
Diego Martin Duplessis progresses through the first half of the rally-marathon in 2018. Despite the difficult start of the race – a distant 83rd place in the overall standings – Argentinian added with each stage and on the sixth day took a sensational fourth place at the wheel of a private Honda.
Winner of “Dakar-2015” Rafal Sonik had high hopes for the current marathon, but from the very beginning, the Polish rider went awry. He never got in the top 3 at the finish, and the fifth stage in the fall, broke the fibula and the next morning was forced to withdraw from further participation. This gathering was for Sonic’s third decade of performances at the “Dakar”.
Once on more familiar roads, the WRC legend Carlos Sainz is not just showed great speed, but also inscribed his name in history. “Madator” won the 30th victory at stages “Dakar” and came in third place in the category of SUVs on this indicator, ahead of the great Jacqui X. Ahead of the Spaniard now only Ari Vatanen (50) and Stephane Peterhansel (39).
Carlos Sainz: “the dunes and the road was from the start of the race. Such conditions are, frankly, suited me best. Today was a lot of straight lines, and though it is not so interesting, but it’s great that the landscape has changed a bit. Five days in the dunes is too much.”
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