#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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#Dakar2015, Day 5 - Copiapo to Antofagasta, Chile


















Top 5 Bikes, Stage 5

Pos.  NameMarkTimeDifferencePenalty
11COMA (ESP)KTM04:38:16- -
22BARREDA BORT (ESP)  HONDA  04:40:32  00:02:16-
331  QUINTANILLA (CHL)KTM04:40:5600:02:40-
418SVITKO (SVK)KTM04:42:1000:03:54-
57GONCALVES (PRT)HONDA04:42:5300:04:37-
5659C S SANTOSH (IND)KTM06:01:4901:23:33-




Overall Top 5, Bikes after Stage 5

Pos.  N°  NameMarkTimevariationPenalty
12BARREDA BORT (ESP)  HONDA  17:51:05  - -
21COMA (ESP)KTM18:01:3800:10:33-
37GONCALVES (PRT)HONDA18:13:5500:22:50-
431QUINTANILLA (CHL)KTM18:22:1100:31:06-
54VILADOMS (ESP)KTM18:27:2800:36:23-
5259C S SANTOSH (IND)KTM22:46:0104:54:56-






Top 5 Quads, Stage 5

Pos.  NameMarkTimeDifferencePenalty
1251SONIK (POL)YAMAHA05:47:46- -
2250CASALE (CHL)YAMAHA05:58:3700:10:51-
3261  GONZALEZ FERIOLI (ARG)  YAMAHA  06:09:27  00:21:41-
4252LAFUENTE (URY)YAMAHA06:10:1700:22:31-
5254GALLEGOS LOZIC (CHL)HONDA06:18:2200:30:36-





Overall Top 5, Quads after Stage 5

Pos.  NameMarkTimeDifferencePenalty
1251  SONIK (POL)YAMAHA21:52:41- 00:15:00
2250CASALE (CHL)YAMAHA22:17:0400:24:2300:20:00
3252LAFUENTE (URY)YAMAHA22:19:0100:26:20-
4261GONZALEZ FERIOLI (ARG)  YAMAHA  23:22:48  01:30:07-
5272COPETTI (ARG)YAMAHA23:35:4001:42:59-





Top 5 Cars, Stage 5

Pos.  NameMarkTimeDifferencePenalty
1310VASILYEV (RUS)
ZHILTSOV (RUS)
MINI04:19:18  - -
2325ALRAJHI (SAU)
GOTTSCHALK (DEU)
TOYOTA04:19:3800:00:20-
3308GORDON (USA)
CAMPBELL (USA)
GORDINI04:20:4300:01:25-
4301AL-ATTIYAH (QAT)
BAUMEL (FRA)
MINI04:22:4200:03:24-
5302  PETERHANSEL (FRA) 
COTTRET (FRA)
PEUGEOT  04:23:2200:04:04-






Overall Top 5, Cars after Stage 5

Pos.  NameMarkTimeDifferencePenalty
1301  AL-ATTIYAH (QAT)
BAUMEL (FRA)
MINI16:53:26- 00:02:00
2303DE VILLIERS (ZAF)
VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU) 
TOYOTA  17:04:01  00:10:35-
3325ALRAJHI (SAU)
GOTTSCHALK (DEU)
TOYOTA17:13:5500:20:29-
4307HOLOWCZYC (POL)
PANSERI (FRA)
MINI17:42:2100:48:55-
5314VAN LOON (NLD)
ROSEGAAR (NLD)
MINI17:46:5100:53:25-





Top 5 Trucks, Stage 5

Pos.  NameMarkTimeDifferencePenalty
1502  NIKOLAEV (RUS)
YAKOVLEV (RUS)
AKHMADEEV (RUS)
KAMAZ04:34:55- -
2507MARDEEV (RUS)
BELYAEV (RUS)
SVISTUNOV (RUS)
KAMAZ04:44:5300:09:58-
3510VIAZOVICH (BLR)
HARANIN (BLR)
ZHYHULIN (BLR)
MAZ04:50:4100:15:46-
4503LOPRAIS (CZE)
MARCO ALCAYNA (ESP) 
VAN DER VAET (BEL)
MAN04:51:3800:16:43-
5520SOTNIKOV (RUS)
DEVYATKIN (RUS)
AFERIN (RUS)
KAMAZ  04:55:40  00:20:45-





Overall Top 5, Trucks after Stage 5

Pos.  NameMarkTimeDifferencePenalty
1502  NIKOLAEV (RUS)
YAKOVLEV (RUS)
AKHMADEEV (RUS)
KAMAZ15:16:18- -
2507MARDEEV (RUS)
BELYAEV (RUS)
SVISTUNOV (RUS)
KAMAZ15:24:1900:08:01-
3503LOPRAIS (CZE)
MARCO ALCAYNA (ESP) 
VAN DER VAET (BEL)
MAN15:43:4600:27:28-
4500KARGINOV (RUS)
MOKEEV (RUS)
LEONOV (RUS)
KAMAZ  15:43:54  00:27:3600:01:00
5520SOTNIKOV (RUS)
DEVYATKIN (RUS)
AFERIN (RUS)
KAMAZ16:02:1500:45:5700:02:00




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#Dakar2015, Day 4 - Chilecito, Argentina to Copiapo, Chile

Bikes, Quads & Cars



Trucks route
Today on day 4, the 2015 edition Dakar progresses from Chilecito, Argentina and culminates at Copiapo, Chile crossing the international border. It begins with a long transport of 594 km, climbing to an altitude of 4800 meters.

The special stage initially starts with a gradual undulating roads through mining are, to finally tackle the dunes of Atacama desert. It is going to be a tricky one, as the 315 km of specials in the later pasrt of the desert, which is wide and open and demands good navigating skills. It would be a little bit shorter course for the trucks, as they take a short cut early, only to rejoin the stage later at the sandy Atacama.


Atacama dunes
Among bikers, Joan Barreda Bort on his Honda 450 Rally won the stage, 1m59s ahead of the defending champion Marc Coma on his KTM 450 Rally Replica. Chilean Pablo Quintanilla finished third quickest with his best 2m49s to the stage winner.

Indian champ, Santosh Chunchunguppe Shivashankar finished 57 quickest with a stage time of 4h22m42s, 55m14s adrift the stage winner, on his KTM 450 Rally Replica.

Top 5 Bikes, Stage 4

Pos.  N°  NameMarkTimeDifferencePenalty
12BARREDA BORT (ESP)  HONDA  03:27:28  - -
21COMA (ESP)KTM03:29:2700:01:59-
331QUINTANILLA (CHL)KTM03:30:1700:02:49-
44VILADOMS (ESP)KTM03:38:1200:10:44-
511FARIA (PRT)KTM03:38:2300:10:55-
5759SANTOSH C S (IND)KTM04:22:4200:55:14-

Joan Barreda Bort holds onto the top spot with over 12minutes lead over defending champ Marc Coma, as Paulo Goncalves retains his third overall spot.



Overall Top 5, Bikes after Stage 4


Pos.  N°  NameMarkTimeDifferencePenalty
12BARREDA BORT (ESP)  HONDA  13:10:33  - -
21COMA (ESP)KTM13:23:2200:12:49-
37GONCALVES (PRT)HONDA13:31:0200:20:29-
411FARIA (PRT)KTM13:33:3800:23:05-
54VILADOMS (ESP)KTM13:35:2400:24:51-
5059SANTOSH C S (IND)KTM16:44:1203:33:39-


Ignacio Nicolas Casale
Rafal Sonik takes another stage victory on his Yamaha quad, Ignacio Nicolas Casale finished 3m26s below the Polish, Qatari Abu-Issa takes a close 3rd spot, 40secs ahead of Uruguayan Lafuente.

Overall top 3 are held by Rafal Sonik despite his 15min total penalty, Lafuente and Casale.

Top 5 Quads, Stage 4

Pos.  NameMarkTimeDifferencePenalty
1251  SONIK (POL)YAMAHA04:11:35- -
2250CASALE (CHL)YAMAHA04:15:0100:03:26-
3253ABU-ISSA (QAT)HONDA04:24:4900:13:14-
4252LAFUENTE (URY)YAMAHA04:25:2900:13:54-
5261GONZALEZ FERIOLI (ARG)  YAMAHA  04:32:43  00:21:08-

Overall Top 5, Quads after Stage 4

Pos.  NameMarkTimeDifferencePenalty
1251  SONIK (POL)YAMAHA16:04:55- 00:15:00
2252LAFUENTE (URY)  YAMAHA  16:08:44  00:03:49-
3250CASALE (CHL)YAMAHA16:18:2700:13:3200:20:00
4253ABU-ISSA (QAT)HONDA16:24:4200:19:47-
5272COPETTI (ARG)YAMAHA17:08:1501:03:20-


Nasser Al-attiyah
Nasser Al-Attiyah wins another stage, while his Nani Roma finishes quickly behind with 2m40s, driving their Mini. Toyota Hilux driver, Giniel De Villiers finishes quickly 17secs to Roma. Yazeed Al-Rajhi and Stephane Peterhansel, on 4th and 5th positions.

Nasser holds the top spot with over 8 minutes to De Villiers, provisionally Al-Rajhi in third overall.

Top 5 Cars, Stage 4

Pos.  NameMarkTimevariationPenalty

1

301  AL-ATTIYAH (QAT)
BAUMEL (FRA)
MINI03:09:18- -

2

300ROMA (ESP)
PERIN (FRA)
MINI03:11:5800:02:40-

3

303DE VILLIERS (ZAF)
VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU) 
TOYOTA03:12:15  00:02:57-

4

325ALRAJHI (SAU)
GOTTSCHALK (DEU)
TOYOTA03:12:4300:03:25-

5

302PETERHANSEL (FRA)
COTTRET (FRA)
PEUGEOT03:15:0600:05:48-


Overall Top 5, Cars after Stage 4

Pos.  NameMarkTimeDifferencePenalty
1301  AL-ATTIYAH (QAT)
BAUMEL (FRA)
MINI12:30:44- 00:02:00
2303DE VILLIERS (ZAF)
VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU) 
TOYOTA  12:38:59  00:08:15-
3325ALRAJHI (SAU)
GOTTSCHALK (DEU)
TOYOTA12:54:1700:23:33-
4315TEN BRINKE (NLD)
COLSOUL (BEL)
TOYOTA13:13:1600:42:32-
5314VAN LOON (NLD)
ROSEGAAR (NLD)
MINI13:15:5800:45:14-


Airat Mardeev
It was Kamaz day for trucks competition, as Andrey Karginov won the stage, while his team-mates,Eduard Nikolaev was second only by 3 seconds, and Airat Mardeev finished third by 6m3s. Ales Loprais driving his Man was 4th quickest, and Iveco driver Hans Stacey finishes in 5th position.

Again it is Kamaz drivers Mardeev, Karginov and Nikolaev who are in top 3 overall in the order, all within 2 minutes of competition after day 4. An impressive performance for a record.

Top 4 Trucks, Stage 4

Pos.  NameMarkTimeDifferencePenalty
1500  KARGINOV (RUS)
MOKEEV (RUS)
LEONOV (RUS)
KAMAZ02:06:51- -
2502NIKOLAEV (RUS)
YAKOVLEV (RUS)
AKHMADEEV (RUS)
KAMAZ02:06:5400:00:03-
3507MARDEEV (RUS)
BELYAEV (RUS)
SVISTUNOV (RUS)
KAMAZ  02:13:04  00:06:13-
4503LOPRAIS (CZE)
MARCO ALCAYNA (ESP) 
VAN DER VAET (BEL)
MAN02:17:5100:11:00-


Overall Top 4, Trucks after Stage 4

Pos.  NameMarkTimeDifferencePenalty
1507  MARDEEV (RUS)
BELYAEV (RUS)
SVISTUNOV (RUS)
KAMAZ10:39:26- -
2500KARGINOV (RUS)
MOKEEV (RUS)
LEONOV (RUS)
KAMAZ10:41:1100:01:45-
3502NIKOLAEV (RUS)
YAKOVLEV (RUS)
AKHMADEEV (RUS)
KAMAZ  10:41:23  00:01:57-
4503LOPRAIS (CZE)
MARCO ALCAYNA (ESP) 
VAN DER VAET (BEL)
MAN10:52:0800:12:42-

*Trucks and Cars results shown here are provisional, at the moment.



MOTO+QUAD+CAR+TRUCK Route map
Tomorrow, Day 5 moves the action north bound along the fesh-fesh roads to Antofagasta, from Capiapo. This is the first of the rare special stages in which all categories will compete.

Stage's vertical profile for Day 5
At the start of the race, the most confident drivers will be able to take advantage of the fast tracks to try to move up in the overall standings. But the temptation to do so may be risky, particularly in the hard-to-handle fesh-fesh areas where absolute self-control is the only guarantee of success. Overtaking here requires precision handling to the extreme.

Surviving the stage needs a lot of luck, skill and truck loads of will-power, which even the truckers are dreadful! Until tomorrow, good night..
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