#Dakar2015, Day 6 - Antofagasta to Iquique, Chile

Route for Bikes & Quads
Route for Cars & Trucks
The route will then climb up the Pacific coast towards Iquique. The motorcycles and quad bikes will cover a few extra kilometres as part of the special stage: a detour will take them into endurance-type terrain and onto mountain ridges with views over the sea. All the competitors will then explore the dunes which run alongside and dominate the coastline. But they won't arrive at the bivouac via the famous descent. For the first time, the half-way point in the race will be marked on a podium in the centre of Iquique. The encounter between drivers and their fans will be emotional, following the earthquake which affected the region at the start of the year.


BIKES

Helder Rodrigues
Portuguese rider Helder Rodrigues on his Honda 450 Rally bike rode fastest today claiming his first stage victory in this year's Dakar rally. Australian youngster, Dakar debutant Toby Price continued to surprise everyone with his fantastic riding, and claiming second spot on the stage's tabulation. Another Portuguese in yet another Honda 450 Rally bike, Paulo Goncalves was third quickest of the lot.

Santosh Chunchunguppe Shivashankar
India's Dakar debutant, Santosh Chunchunguppe Shivashankar, popularly known as CS in India had a very hard day on the stage today. He had a few crashes on the stage today, thereby fracturing his left foot, but held on to his faith and rode like a warrior to the finish. Later at the bivouac, he was scanned for a hair-line fracture, but wants to continue the race as the rest day was well in time [tomorrow rest day for bike & quad riders]. He hopes that a couple of day's rest, should help him continue till the finish line thereby gaining maximum experience for returning in the subsequent event[s?].

Top 5 Bikes, Stage 6


Pos.  NameMarkTimeDifferencePenalty
15RODRIGUES (PRT)HONDA03:40:10- -
226  PRICE (AUS)KTM03:41:2000:01:10-
37GONCALVES (PRT)HONDA  03:41:5200:01:42-
431QUINTANILLA (CHL)  KTM03:46:21  00:06:11-
518SVITKO (SVK)KTM03:46:5200:06:42-
6459C S SANTOSH (IND)KTM05:21:2901:41:19-
Marc Coma at stage start line



Overall spot is held by Barreda Bort, 12m27s ahead of Marc Coma, while his team-mate, compatriot Paulo Goncalves is down by 17m12s. Chilean Quintanilla is 4th, while Toby Price at 5th overall. India's Santosh is at 53, at a whopping 6h28m55s to the leader.

Overall Top 5, Bikes after Stage 6

Pos.  NameMarkTimeDifferencePenalty
12BARREDA BORT (ESP)  HONDA  21:38:35  - -
21COMA (ESP)KTM21:51:0200:12:27-
37GONCALVES (PRT)HONDA21:55:4700:17:12-
431  QUINTANILLA (CHL)KTM22:08:3200:29:57-
526PRICE (AUS)KTM22:12:1900:33:44-
5359 C S SANTOSH (IND)KTM28:07:3006:28:55-


QUADS

Casale taming his Yamaha on sand
Chilean Ignacio Nicolas Casale takes another stage victory with a gap of 8m15s, to the chasing Pole Rafal Sonik, popularly referred to as Super Sonik, while Uruguayan Lafauente was 3rd fastest with 23m8s to the stage winner.

In the overall spots, [Super] Sonik enjoys a 16m8s lead, Casale in second, and Lafauente down by 41m13s to the leader.

Top 5 Quads, Stage 6

Pos.  NameMarkTimeDifferencePenalty
1250  CASALE (CHL)YAMAHA04:21:52- -
2251SONIK (POL)YAMAHA04:30:0700:08:15-
3252LAFUENTE (URY)YAMAHA04:45:0000:23:08-
4261GONZALEZ FERIOLI (ARG)  YAMAHA  04:49:27  00:27:35-
5255HALPERN (ARG)YAMAHA05:09:0700:47:15-

Overall Top 5, Quads after Stage 6

Pos.  NameMarkTimeDifferencePenalty
1251SONIK (POL)YAMAHA26:22:48- 00:15:00
2250CASALE (CHL)YAMAHA26:38:5600:16:0800:20:00
3252LAFUENTE (URY)YAMAHA27:04:0100:41:13-
4261  GONZALEZ FERIOLI (ARG)  YAMAHA  28:12:15  01:49:27-
5283NOSIGLIA (BOL)HONDA29:21:0902:58:2100:20:00


CARS

Nasser Al-attiyah vs sand dunes
Nasser Al-attiyah claimed another stage victory, his 3rd in this year's Dakar so far in his MiniAll4, Toyota Hilux driver Giniel De Villiers tailed him with a thin margin of 37s at the end of the stage, while another MiniAll4 driver, Nani Roma finished third with 1m24s gap.

Top 5 Cars, Stage 6

Pos.  NameMarkTimeDifferencePenalty
1301  AL-ATTIYAH (QAT)
BAUMEL (FRA)
MINI02:37:18- -
2303DE VILLIERS (ZAF)
VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU) 
TOYOTA  02:37:55  00:00:37-
3300ROMA (ESP)
PERIN (FRA)
MINI02:38:4200:01:24-
4308GORDON (USA)
CAMPBELL (USA)
GORDINI02:39:0300:01:45-
5305TERRANOVA (ARG)
GRAUE (ARG)
MINI02:43:0600:05:48-


Nasser held on to the overall lead with a gap of 11m12s to the Hilux driver de Villiers, while his team-mate and another Dakar debutant, Saudi Arabian driver Yazeed Al-rajhi holds in 3rd overall with 28m44s gap.

Overall Top 5, Cars after Stage 6

Pos.  NameMarkTimeDifferencePenalty
1301  AL-ATTIYAH (QAT)
BAUMEL (FRA)
MINI19:30:44- 00:02:00
2303DE VILLIERS (ZAF)
VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU) 
TOYOTA  19:41:56  00:11:12-
3325ALRAJHI (SAU)
GOTTSCHALK (DEU)
TOYOTA19:59:2800:28:44-
4307HOLOWCZYC (POL)
PANSERI (FRA)
MINI20:31:3701:00:53-
5315TEN BRINKE (NLD)
COLSOUL (BEL)
TOYOTA20:35:0701:04:23-


TRUCKS
Eduard Nikolaev



Again it was a Russian & Kamaz day out for the day's top 3 finishes, as driver Eduard Nikolaev, Airat Mardeev & Andrey Karginov with an interval of 5m37 & 10m40s to the fastest Nikolaev.

Top 5 Trucks, Stage 6

Pos.  NameMarkTimeDifferencePenalty
1502  NIKOLAEV (RUS)
YAKOVLEV (RUS)
AKHMADEEV (RUS) 
KAMAZ  02:54:28  - -
2507MARDEEV (RUS)
BELYAEV (RUS)
SVISTUNOV (RUS)
KAMAZ03:00:0500:05:37-
3500KARGINOV (RUS)
MOKEEV (RUS)
LEONOV (RUS)
KAMAZ03:05:0800:10:40-
4501DE ROOY (NLD)
RODEWALD (POL)
DAMEN (BEL)
IVECO03:05:5900:11:31-
5520SOTNIKOV (RUS)
DEVYATKIN (RUS)
AFERIN (RUS)
KAMAZ03:07:1200:12:44-

The same order of today's stage winners are the top3 spots, with a gap of 13m38s and 38m16s.

Overall Top 5, Trucks after Stage 6

Pos.  NameMarkTimeDifferencePenalty
1502  NIKOLAEV (RUS)
YAKOVLEV (RUS)
AKHMADEEV (RUS) 
KAMAZ  18:10:46  - -
2507MARDEEV (RUS)
BELYAEV (RUS)
SVISTUNOV (RUS)
KAMAZ18:24:2400:13:38-
3500KARGINOV (RUS)
MOKEEV (RUS)
LEONOV (RUS)
KAMAZ18:49:0200:38:1600:01:00
4520SOTNIKOV (RUS)
DEVYATKIN (RUS)
AFERIN (RUS)
KAMAZ19:09:2700:58:4100:02:00
5510VIAZOVICH (BLR)
HARANIN (BLR)
ZHYHULIN (BLR)
MAZ19:27:3001:16:44-




Day 7 - Route & Stage : Iquique to Uyuni

Bikes, Quad & Cars

Cars / Bikes / Quads

Numerous difficulties will mark the first part of the Bolivian marathon stage. The cars will tackle it first, followed by the motorcycles the next day. Right from the outset, the long liaison section will mean an early start, followed by a gradual climb to a height of more than 3,500m. Once on the high plateaux, the special stage will begin, with instructions to follow the road-book with great care, in light of the large number of junctions on the route. One of the challenges of the day could be wear and tear on tyres. Once they have arrived in Uyuni, the competitors will only have completed half of the marathon stage.

Trucks

Trucks only
The trucks will once again embark upon a separate marathon stage, with the added bonus of competing on a route which is specifically for them. The leaders' driving skills in the dunes will make the difference on this first separate day, with long and decisive sandy sections. Once again, they will need to find the right balance between self-control and performance. When they reach their private bivouac, the on-board mechanics will become the key players in this marathon stage. 

Distance
Car
Truck
Bike
Quad
Transport
DistanceSchedule



322 km



322 km



322 km



322 km



07:16 - 11:41



07:16 - 11:41



04:45 - 09:05



04:45 - 09:05
Special Stage
DistanceSchedule



277 km



277 km



318 km



318 km



11:51 - 15:31



11:51 - 15:31



09:15 - 13:40



09:15 - 13:40
Transport
DistanceSchedule



48 km



48 km



48 km



48 km



15:41 - 17:10



15:41 - 17:10



13:50 - 15:20



13:50 - 15:20

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