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Dakar Rally 2014: Carlos Sainz dips his wheels in the sand on stage 05.



Buoyed by yesterday’s stage victory it was the Red Bull SMG Buggy containing Carlos Sainz and co-driver Timo Gottschalk that opened the road to Tucuman for stage 05 of the 2014 Dakar Rally.

An omen of the events to come occurred early on the stage when Sainz and Gottschalk got stuck in the soft sand that characterised the terrain on day five. After digging themselves out of trouble the pair of former Dakar champions were soon back to race pace and hunting down the minutes they had lost during this brief stoppage.

However, things were to take another turn for the worse when confusion descended on the car race surrounding a waypoint at the 163 km point of the timed special stage. Carlos and a group of leading cars drove themselves in circles as they searched for this elusive waypoint.

The quest to track down the waypoint was further complicated by engine trouble that brought the buggy to a standstill for 50 minutes. When the duo at the controls had got their motor running once again they decided on a course of action to skip the waypoint and drive on.

The time lost during stoppages plus an hour penalty for missing the waypoint saw Sainz surrender his first place in the overall classifications held at the beginning of the day. Sainz and Gottschalk finished SS05 in 28th place and are out to 8th position in the general ranking of the car race.

"Everything that could go wrong did go wrong for us today," reported Sainz. "Early on the stage we got stuck but that didn’t lose us too much time. It was looking for a waypoint that cost us a lot of time because we had an engine problem in that moment. When we got the Buggy moving again we decided to carry on without the waypoint. Everything that could have been a problem for us all happened on this stage. This is the Dakar and it always has the ability to give you these kind of days."

Navigator Timo Gottschalk added: "After such a good day yesterday we suffered a bad day at the office today. Everything can change so quickly at the Dakar and things changed a lot for us today. We made the mistake of trusting the path the cars in front of us had taken and this led us astray. We were with a group of cars searching for the waypoint but when we stopped to make a repair we lost the others. This added to the confusion of the situation and eventually we just had to leave the area without passing the waypoint."

The silver lining after a tough day of racing was the 15 minutes both were able to catch on race leader Nani Roma during the final 150 km of the stage. During this passage of play we saw them utilise the pace and power that exists within the Buggy as they showed a determination to claw back time.

Carlos and Timo's team-mates Ronan Chabot and Gilles Pillot were able to overcome their own mix of trouble and strife to also end the day on a positive note. Ronan and Gilles came though the soft sand and camel grass in their SMG buggy to finish the stage in 12th position, moving up a place to 24th in the overall standings.

"There’s no doubt this was a bad day for us because the stoppages and the penalty have cost Buggy #303 a lot of time," said Philippe Gache, Red Bull SMG Rally Team Manager. "With the problems Carlos had, and before his penalty was added, he started the second part of the timed special stage 1h 15mins behind the leader. During that 150km second part of the stage Carlos managed to catch up 15 minutes so that shows once again the potential of this Buggy. This is something positive we can take away from the day."

Overall 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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