The sixth stage of the rally will be the Arequipa-La Paz competition. There will be more than 300 kilometers timed and height will be an important factor.
In the last stage in Peru, Sebastien Loeb left the race after being stuck in the sand for two hours, and then his co-driver Daniel Elena hurt his tailbone while descending a dune. Peterhansel’s Peugeot teamate Loeb was second in the overall standings after winning the fourth stage on Tuesday. Stephane Peterhansel is in first place after winning the fifth stage on Wednesday.
Soccer coach Andre Villas-Boas also abandoned the race due to a backache after crashing his vehicle into a sand dune in the fourth stage. The former coach of Porto, Chelsea, and Tottenham had to leave his first rally.
On motorcycles, Spaniard Joan Barreda won the stage, but Frenchman Adrien van Beveren retained the lead in the overall standings. The Argentine Kevin Benavides marches second.
The Peru leg of the rally finishes since tomorrow competitors will start in Arequipa and will finish in La Paz, Bolivia where they will face the challenge of rallying on the mountains.
The Dakar Rally leaves Peru and the desert to enter the mountains. The speeds will much increase and hardly leave time to take a look at the numerous lakes that are on the way. The finish line of the second timed sector will be on the shores of Lake Titicaca. The entrance to the Bolivian Altiplano requires pilots and crews to adapt to the height.