2017 Dakar Rally, day 5 - Loeb wins shortened stage, Peterhansel claims overall lead
Sebastien Loeb (Peugeot) scored his second stage victory in 2017 Dakar Rally after he was the fastest in the shortened stage 5.
The stage from Tupiza to Oruro, with a 447 km long special, was stopped at ASS1 because of bad weather. Over the day most of the competitors in all categories struggled with navigation what caused a bit chaotic situation.
However, Loeb was pretty confident and won his second stage on the 2017 Dakar Rally. This time he was just 44 seconds faster than Toyota driver Nani Roma, while another Peugeot driver Stephan Peterhansel finished 3rd – 1:31 behind the winner. Interestingly, the 4th placed Cyril Despres was more than 10 minutes behind Loeb.
The new overall leader after stage 5 is Stephane Peterhansel with an advantage of only 1:09. Loeb moved up to the 2nd place while Despres dropped to the 3rd place, 4:54 behind his teammate and compatriot.
The 6th stage will go on Saturday, January 6, from Oruro to Bolivia’s capital La Paz, with a 527 km long special stage.