Three AXION MINI ALL4 Racing pairings in the top 10
The second part of the marathon stage took the teams not only to Uyuni but also to an altitude of 4,600 metres above sea level. Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT) / Mathieu Baumel (FRA), Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) / Michel Périn (FRA) and Orlando Terranova / Ronnie Graue (both ARG) secured top-10 positions, in the fifth stage, with Nani Roma / Alex Haro (both ESP) coming 11th.
Al-Attiyah once again was the fastest MINI ALL4 racing driver and in the really fast special stage, the Peugeot drivers were the only ones who could beat him. So, he came fourth. Mikko Hirvonen lost some time due to a damaged tyre but was very fast, nevertheless, and secured sixth position. Orlando Terranova crossed the line in 10th position and Nani Roma finished 11th despite being hampered by head ache due to the altitude.
Tomorrow, the Dakar schedule features the longest special stage of the 2016 edition, with the crews having to cover 542 timed kilometres. In addition, they still will be racing in altitudes between 3,500 and 4,200 metres. The track will be partially sandy and partially rocky.