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Dakar Rally 2014: Best yet as Team Ford Racing finishes 7th on Dakar SS05.




It was an encouraging turn of fortunes for Team Ford Racing on Thursday when Argentines Lucio Alvarez and Ronnie Graue (308) powered their Ranger to the seventh fastest time on stage five of the Dakar Rally, from Chilecito to Tucumán.

Nevertheless Alvarez and Graue continued the solid run from Wednesday and notched up an impressive result over the undulating and sandy route – despite losing approximately 20 minutes searching for an errant waypoint, along with many of the other front-runners. They were also hampered by a rear brake problem that presented itself 20 km into the stage, along with the thick dust that has become a common theme on this year’s event.

"Thursday’s stage was very long and difficult," said Lucio Alvarez. "There was a lot of navigation with plenty of soft, sandy tracks and dunes, and we drove without rear brakes for most of the stage. We had a navigation problem and couldn’t find one of the waypoints, and spent about 20 min searching for it. But when we finished the stage we saw that many of the teams had the same problem so there must have been an issue with the road book."

"The special stage was very hard on the car today, as there were a lot of big jumps with hard landings. It was also extremely hot and I drank about three liters of water in the first part of the stage alone. But it was a good day overall, and we are happy that we’re posting competitive times."

Accordingly their time of 04:52:46 hours put them in the top echelon in 7th place for the day, a mere 1:50 minutes behind five-time Dakar winner in the car category, Stephane Peterhansel and co-driver Jean Paul Cottret (Mini). Overall the Ford crew has climbed to 45th in the standings.

Scott Abraham, Team Manager of South Racing reported: "Thursday went well, but it was a difficult stage for the crews and vehicles. The Ranger held up, and although we had a few small issues the big problem for the day was navigation. There was one waypoint at 162 km which threw the whole rally off, but I think the proof is in the pudding as Lucio and Ronnie were only a couple of minutes behind the Minis of Peterhansel/Cottret and Nasser Al-Attiyah/Lucas Cruz."

"We’re building on the momentum, and hopefully we can keep this up until the rest day on Saturday in Salta. There we will give the car a thorough rebuild, and we’re looking forward to a better second half of the rally," he added.

Overalll results SS05 Chilecito - Tucuman 478 km km

PL
DRIVER / CODRIVER
RALLYCAR
TIME
DIFF
01
Roma / Perin (ES/F)
X-raid Mini All4 Racing
19:21:54
00:00:00
02
Al Attiyah / Cruz (QT/ES)
X-raid Mini All4 Racing
19:48:22
00:26:28
03
Terranova / Fiuza (ARG/PT)
X-raid Mini All4 Racing
19:53:40
00:31:46
04
Peterhansel / Cottret (F/F)
X-raid Mini All4 Racing
20:01:53
00:39:59
05
De Villiers / Von Zitzewitz (RSA/D)
Toyota Hilux
20:03:18
00:41:24
06
Sainz / Gottschalk (ES/D)
SMG Gache Buggy
20:21:37
00:59:43
07
Lavieille / Garcin (F/F)
Great Wall Haval
21:03:44
01:41:50
08
Villagra / Perez Companc (ARG/ARG)
X-raid Mini All4 Racing
21:04:36
01:42:42
09
Dabrowski / Czachor (PL)
Toyota Hilux Overdrive
21:07:52
01:45:58
10
Thomasse / Larroque (F/F)
MD Optimus Buggy
21:34:04
02:12:10

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2014/01/10 | 18:15 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/WILFORD











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Dakar Rally 2014: Xavier Foj and Toyota achieves third place in T2 cars class. | 20.01.2014 19:56 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Honda Team HRC satisfied with 2014, begins work for 2015. | 20.01.2014 19:46 |




Dakar Rally 2014: GWM/Haval achieves another Top 10 position in Dakar 2014. | 20.01.2014 19:38 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Solid finish for Lucio Alvarez and new Ford Racing team. | 20.01.2014 19:32 |




Dakar Rally 2014: De Villiers and Dabrowski as 4th and 7th best Toyotas. | 19.01.2014 21:46 |




Dakar Rally 2014: 2013 winner Cyril Despres finishing fourth after tough race. | 19.01.2014 21:23 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Ronan Chabot and Gilles Pillot in fast finish in the Dakar. | 19.01.2014 21:14 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Team El Martillo Racing finished in their first Dakar Rally. | 19.01.2014 20:15 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Riwald Dakar Team crosses the finish line in Valparaiso. | 19.01.2014 20:01 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: TRUCKS daily and overall after SS12 on Friday | 18.01.2014 00:45 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: CARS daily and overall after SS12 on Friday | 18.01.2014 00:43 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: BIKES daily and overall after SS12 on Friday | 18.01.2014 00:42 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Orlando Terranova celebrates his first stage win in SS11. | 17.01.2014 02:51 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Strong show from Argentine Alvarez in arid Atacama in SS11. | 17.01.2014 02:21 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Team HRC riders overcome long stage and maintain posis. | 17.01.2014 01:54 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Third stage victory for overall bikes leader Marc Coma. | 17.01.2014 01:47 |




Dakar Rally 2014: No surprises for Speedbrain team in Atacama stage 11. | 17.01.2014 01:41 |




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Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: CARS daily and overall after SS11 on Thursday | 17.01.2014 00:31 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: BIKES daily and overall after SS11 on Thursday | 16.01.2014 23:25 |




Dakar Rally 2014: The tenth stage brought gold - Stagewin for Czech Loprais. | 16.01.2014 22:48 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Team Dessoude with the last two cars reached the finish SS10. | 16.01.2014 22:46 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Ford´s Alvarez - "We handled it well and did a good job". | 16.01.2014 22:42 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Carlos Sainz "I'm really disappointed to be out of the race". | 16.01.2014 21:17 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Robby Gordon and his HST Gordini 22nd after Stage 10. | 16.01.2014 20:32 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Great Wall Haval and Lavieille moves up after Stage 10. | 16.01.2014 20:27 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Iveco-pilot Gerard de Rooy still on the lead after SS10. | 16.01.2014 20:00 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Mini´s are leading 1-2-3, second stagewin for Al Attiyah. | 16.01.2014 01:55 |




Dakar Rally 2014 BLOG: Dongfeng Challenge heading forward to Antofagasta. | 16.01.2014 01:54 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: TRUCKS daily and overall after SS10 Wednesday | 16.01.2014 00:29 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Spectacular double for Honda - Barreda still second overall. | 15.01.2014 23:40 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Bad luck for Speedbrain - Israel Esquerre out after crash. | 15.01.2014 23:37 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Coma continues to lead the Dakar after SS10 Antofagasta. | 15.01.2014 22:26 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: CARS daily and overall after SS10 on Wednesday | 15.01.2014 21:52 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: BIKES daily and overall after SS10 on Wednesday | 15.01.2014 21:23 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: TRUCKS daily and overall after SS09 on Tuesday | 15.01.2014 01:16 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: CARS daily and overall after SS09 on Tuesday | 14.01.2014 23:14 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: BIKES daily and overall after SS09 on Tuesday | 14.01.2014 22:33 |




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