Giniel tames a tough dune shift


The defending champion is making a name for himself in Saudi Arabia.

Nasser al-Attiyah won the fifth stage of the Dakar Rally and he is currently second in the official standings – just nine minutes behind Overdrive Racing’s Yazeed Al-Rajhi.

It was also a good day for Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Giniel de Villiers and Dennis Murphy. The South Africans finished the stage in sixth place and they are currently 11th overall.

According to De Villiers, the participants had to know their story between the dunes – the sun’s sharp rays did not contribute much to the visibility either.

“We tried to keep things as steady as possible and fortunately there were no flat tires or other problems. The upcoming shifts are definitely going to be very important,” he said.

Guy Botterill finished in 27th place together with Brett Cummings, but the South African newcomer is satisfied with his performance.

“It went okay – especially when you consider that this is my first decent dune shift. I was a little nervous at first, but I tried my best to see that things went smoothly. I know that it is not the fastest time, but we had to get the vehicle to the finish line and I have to gain experience in these situations,” said Botterill.

Results (fifth shift):

  1. Nasser al-Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel (Nasser Racing): 01:37:25
  2. Guerlain Chicherit and Alex Winocq (Overdrive Racing): 01:39:16
  3. Juan Cruz Yacopini and Daniel Oliveras Carreras (Overdrive Racing): 01:39:23
  4. Yazeed al-Rajhi and Timo Gottschalk (Overdrive Racing): 01:39:25
  5. Guillaume de Mevius and Xavier Panseri (Overdrive Racing): 01:40:33
  6. Giniel de Villiers and Dennis Murphy (Toyota Gazoo Racing): 01:41:45
  7. Mattias Ekstrom and Emil Bergkvist (Team Audi Sport): 01:42:41
  8. Martin Prokop and Viktor Chytka (Orlen Jipocar ‚Äč‚ÄčTeam): 01:43:06
  9. Vaidotas Zala and Paulo Fiuza (X-Raid Arijus Team): 01:43:40
  10. Denis Krotov and Konstantin Zhiltsov (Overdrive Racing): 01:44:23

Overall standings:

  1. Yazeed al-Rajhi and Timo Gottschalk: 17:24:04
  2. Nasser al-Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel: 17:33:07
  3. Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz: 17:35:35
  4. Mattias Ekstrom and Emil Bergkvist: 17:47:02
  5. Mathieu Serradori and Loic Minaudier: 17:55:04.
  • Jeanette Kok-Kritzinger from Wiele2Wiele and Stephie Vetter from the Southern Africa Dakar Group keep us informed of what is happening in the Dakar Rally and how our Southern African participants are doing.