Wednesday’s Stage 5 of the 40th annual Dakar Rally began in San Juan De Marcona and ended in Arequipa, Peru.
The Rally will continue on through January 20, with 14 stages and nearly 5,600 miles to be traversed across Peru, Bolivia and ending up in Argentina.
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Here’s some of the top video action from Wednesday’s Stage 5:
Stephane Peterhansel extends Dakar Rally lead with Stage 5 win as Sebastien Loeb abandons race.
Joan Barreda Bort pick up his second Dakar Win in Stage 5
Defending Rally winner Eduard Nikolaev increases overall lead with Stage 5 win.
Nicolas Cavigliasso wins Stage 5 in Quads.
Saturday’s Punta del Este ePrix did not disappoint, with Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne and Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler’s Lucas di Grassi engaging in a thrilling battle throughout the entire race.
Vergne led the way from the pole, having been promoted up the grid after original pole sitter di Grassi was ruled to have cut a chicane during his pole lap, but di Grassi was right on the back wing of Vergne the entire way and made several attempts to get by.
The intense battle between the two, which saw them nearly lock Vergne’s rear wing with di Grassi’s front nose, stayed remarkably clean for the most part, and Vergne was able to hold off all of di Grassi’s advances, a few of which can be viewed below, to take the win.
DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird was also on the charge, the British driver coming from ninth on the grid to take third.
Full race results can be viewed here. The victory sees Vergne extend his points lead over Mahindra Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist, who finished fifth, to 30 points, with Vergne on 109 markers and Rosenqvist on 79.
Bird sits third with 76 points, respectively.