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Dakar: Day six cancelled as weather closes | Off-Road | Sport

2017 Dakar Rally

Day: 6

Course: 786km (cancelled)

Special: 527km (cancelled due to weather)

The sixth day of the 2017 Dakar Rally was cancelled just hours into what should have been a 786km stage, including a 527km timed special section, due to extreme weather.

Cold temperatures and driving rain met competitors early on in the day’s proceedings which was lead out by day five victor Red Bull KTM’s Sam Sunderland (Britain). It was the sixth leg between Oruro and La Paz in Bolivia and set to be the last before the event’s rest day and half-way point.

“It was a tough day, you know. Even though the second part was cancelled, we still had three hundred kilometres in the rain and the cold,” Sunderland said. “I started off with a good feeling this morning and feeling fast. I tried to really focus on the navigation. There were one or two really tricky places. Sometimes it works out ok and sometimes you have problems. Today it worked out okay for me [but] we’ve got a long way to go.”

Yamaha’s Adrien van Beveren (France), who currently sits third place in the overall standings, said he was baulked by HRC’s Joan Barreda (Spain) whose desperation to elevate himself from 12th overall may have taken its toll.

“Barreda had just turned round and was racing off in another direction,” he said. “I followed him, but after a while, I realised that it didn’t match the roadbook. The hidden way point wouldn’t open. I carried on for a while and then I thought it would be better to go back to a point where I was sure that I was on the right track.

“I headed back in the other direction for around five kilometres, then reset my trip, followed the right direction and, lo and behold, I found the correct route…”

No times or results were recorded as a result of the day’s outcomes and remain as they finished after day five, as follows.

Stefan Svitko (SVK) of Slovnaft Rally Team races during stage 04 of Rally Dakar 2017 from Jujuy, Argentina to Tupiza, Bolivia on January 05, 2017

Stefan Svitko (SVK) of Slovnaft Rally Team races during stage 04 of Rally Dakar 2017 from Jujuy, Argentina to Tupiza, Bolivia on January 05, 2017

Stage   Overall

Sunderland (GBr)         1st       1st

Gonçalves (Por)           2nd      10th

Van Beveren (Fra)        3rd       3rd

Quintanilla (Por)           7th       2nd

Smith (Aus)                  15th     17th

Hart (Aus)                     109th   62nd

Helder Rodrigues (PRT) of Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team races during stage 05 of Rally Dakar 2017 from Tupiza, to Oruro, Bolivia January 06, 2017

Helder Rodrigues (PRT) of Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team races during stage 05 of Rally Dakar 2017 from Tupiza, to Oruro, Bolivia January 06, 2017