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MAZ IN THE TOP THREE AFTER STAGE 5

MAZ hood truck came in fourth, but remained in the top three of the best crews in the overall standings.

On the fifth day the riders reached the settlement of Hail in central Saudi Arabia. The length of the special area was 353 kilometers, and along the way there were many rocks and sandy "traps". The riders had to cross large dunes, which in the coming days will be even more.

Sergey Vyazovich drove without incident, but let the Russian crews ahead and finished the fourth. He spent 4 hours and 28 minutes on the track, leaving the winner Dmitry Sotnikov behind  16 minutes. In the general classification the Belarusians are in the first three, losing almost 24 minutes to the rally leader Andrei Karginov.

 

"We've passed the stage carefully, we haven't punctured anything. For a long time we couldn't find our pace, it was somehow uncomfortable to drive. In general, the day was smooth for us - we had no adventures", - says the head of the team Sergey Vyazovich.

 

The race was quiet for the other "bison" as well. Alexander Vasilevsky's MAZ showed at the 11th stage  a little less than 5 hours. The gap from the winner was 46 minutes. Alexey Vishneusky finished in two lines below. He was separated from the best result by almost 50 minutes. In the overall standings, the Belarusian crews went up and now move up to positions 10 and 11.

 

"We were a little unlucky in the beginning - we broke the wheel at the 20 km. We changed it and went further. The last section included about 200 kilometres of dunes covered in vegetation. It is not difficult to call it, except that it was a bit boring to drive on the same route", - shares his impressions pilot Alexey Vishneusky.

 

The sixth stage will bring the crews to Riyadh. The length of the special section is impressive - 477 kilometers, and it promises to become one of the most difficult and dangerous. Almost the whole route passes through the sands and severe off-roads. It is here that riders will face the most treacherous dunes.



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