Motorbike driver Sam Sunderland has won the fifth stage of the Dakar Rally on Friday. The Briton was initially not the fastest in Peru, but the victory was later awarded by the jury.
Sunderland had helped the crashed Portuguese Paulo Goncalves along the way and therefore spent a lot of time. The competition management gave him ten minutes back.
The Frenchman Xavier de Soultrait, who was initially declared the winner, finished 3 minutes and 23 seconds second. The third place was for the Austrian Matthias Walkner, who gave 3.32.
The American Ricky Brabec continues the lead with a lead of 59 seconds. The Chilean Pablo Quintanilla is the number three in almost three minutes. The best Dutchman is Paul Spierings in 42nd place (+5: 25.55).
Countryman Wesley Pittens did not finish in the fifth stage. His Yamaha was too badly damaged by a crash. Pittens remained unharmed, but had to leave the Dakar Rally.
Loeb does good business with cars
With the cars, the victory went to the Sebastien Loeb. The Frenchman also won the second stage in his Peugeot. Nasser Al-Attiyah retained the lead in the rankings.
The Qatarees finished second in the stage. In the twelfth place and at one hour of the winner Erik van Loon came in as the first Dutchman.
Eduard Nikolaev won the trucks. The Russian strengthened his leading position in the general classification. There is still some uncertainty about the further result, because the second part of the special was canceled.
Ton van Genugten was the best Dutchman with a fifth place. He arrived at Nikolaev within fourteen minutes. Gerard de Rooy finished sixth, ahead of Maurik van den Heuvel (seventh).
The Dakar Rally will last until Thursday and will be held in one country for the first time.
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