Peugeot’s Stephane Peterhansel extended his lead of the 2017 Dakar Rally as stage 5 brought the competitors to Bolivia.
The stage was curtailed due to bad weather and the action was suspended following 219KM of the scheduled 447KM. Loeb ended the day winning the stage with a time of 02:24.04s with Mini’s Nani Roma in second place with overall leader Stephane Peteransel in third place for Peugeot, 0:01:31s behind stage winner and team mate Loeb. Speaking following his win on Friday, Loeb stated:
It’s very satisfying to have two stage wins already. The rain was very heavy so I guess the organisers made the right decision to cut the stage short. This meant we had a long liaison to drive back to the bivouac but when you have won the stage nothing feels too bad.
Cyril Despres was fourth for Peugeot ending the day just ahead of Romain Dumas giving Peugeot four cars in the top five on day five of the 2017 Dakar. One notable absences on day 5 was Carlos Sainz who was forced to retire from the rally for the fifth year in a row.
Stephane Peterhansel leads the rally for Peugeot with his team mate Sebastien Loeb in second place. Speaking following his day, Peterhansel stated:
We got lost two times but I think everybody was getting lost today so it was not a big problem at the end of the day. It’s always good to lead the race but the gap is really small.
Cyril Despres rounds out the top three for Peugeot heading into the weekend with Toyota’s Nani Roma in fourth place.
Mini’s Mikko Hirvonen rounds out the top five, 0:42.21s behind leader Stephane Peterhansel.