Belarusian crews successfully overcame the fifth special stage of the world rally-raid "Dakar-2018". The leader of the team "MAZ-SPORTvto" Sergei Vyazovich finished with the fourth time.
The fifth special stage with a length of 268 km, like the previous ones, included sandy stretches with treacherous dunes. In many ways, because of them, the current "Dakar" is already called "an infernal trial," although half the way has not yet been completed. The current race was also difficult, but the Belarusian crew coped with it without incident.
"The current stage was characterized by high peaks and the most difficult descents with a lateral slope, and some stretches represented a danger. If Sergei Vyazovich was traveling very quickly, then Alexei Vishnevsky, on the contrary, acted more cautiously, trying to protect the car. - Ahead the riders are waited by the road with a hard surface, where the Belarusian crews feel comfortable, so they should not lose in speed. The current "Dakar" in comparison with the previous races proved to be much more difficult "- was told in the team.
Sergei Vyazovich drove the special stage for 3 hours and 43 minutes, and at one of the control points even showed the first time. However, he still lost to the stage winner - Eduard Nikolayev on KAMAZ - about 6 minutes. In general, the leader of the Belarusian team is in the top three, behind the leader at 2 hours 28 minutes.
Alexander Vasilevsky spent about 4 hours on the track. Leaving the Russian pilot for 22 minutes, he took the eighth place. In the general classification the crew is on the 15th position and is "lucky" with extra nine and a half hours.
Alexei Vishnevsky finished on 11th line, breaking the route in 4 hours 6 minutes and losing 29 minutes. In the "absolute" the crew stays on the 18th line with a gap of 30 hours. This included 24 hours of penalty time, which the organizers assessed for the delay at the previous stage - then the truck was hit by a pallet with oil.
The high-speed section of the sixth stage stretched for 313 km. Racers will move to the mountainous Bolivia, where they will rise to a height of 2500 meters above sea level. Part of the segment will pass along the picturesque Lake Titicaca, and the day will end in La Paz.