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Nine-times World Rally Championship victor Sebastien Loeb drops out of Dakar

2018 Dakar Rally Sainz trims Peterhansel's lead with first Dakar stage win
Rita Gibson | 13 January, 2018, 10:33

Sainz believes the opening six stages of the 2018 event have had too much running in sand, but he still has hope that he can close the gap to thirteen-time victor Peterhansel and fight for his second Dakar Rally victory to add to his 2010 triumph whilst with Volkswagen. Aravind was in promising 44th position after the fourth stage of the world's toughest rally raid. I have my mind focused on making to the finish line at Cordoba so I did not want to commit any mistakes just before the half way mark. His expertise not only helped him, but competitors too, who followed him on the hard trail to ensure they don't make any mistakes. This performance also improved the overall ranking of the Indian rider as he is placed in 52nd position.

Stage 2 was the first full-length stage of the Dakar with a short 12 km liaison section followed by a 267 km loop of Pisco on Sunday.

Their last remaining hope at the event, Sherco TVS Factory Rally Team's Joan Pedrero fared well during the stage despite the challenges and finished at an impressive 16th position. The former Porto, Chelsea and Tottenham manager, who was making his debut in the rally, felt back pains after his vehicle crashed against a sand dune in the fourth stage.

Matthias Walkner finished third in Stage 4.

2018 Dakar Rally

Stage five saw the end of Aravind's 2018 Dakar as he was forced to abandon his ride after suffering a bad fall that broke his ankle. The stage was tough, especially the last 50 km or so. On completion of stage 5 he said, "I am happy to have arrived and to have been able to keep my bike intact".

With a tough stage on the cards, both the Hero riders chose to be cautious and steady. Sand dunes will now be left behind as the rally gets faster, with stages being held in the Bolivian Altiplano at an altitude of 250om and above.

It was Stage 5 victor Joan Barreda who led the bikes off the start alongside the banks of the Titicaca Lake. There was a moment when I had to pedal with my legs to get over a dune.

On the other hand, both riders from Hero MotoSports Team Rally made a decision to be safe and cautious with an aim to successfully complete the 1st half of the Dakar Rally without any unwanted incident.

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