Toyotas doing well depite dramas

As Dakar 2017 bites in, Red Bull Gazoo Toyota boss Glyn Hall remained optimistic for a positive outcome with the race entering its fifth day after already eliminating several favourites including Toyota's Nasser Al Attiyah and rival Peugeot's Carlos Sainz, both of  whom crashed out over the past two days among a litany of other challenges for all the crews.

"This old Dakar is really proving difficult," Hall reflected as the field set off on Day 5 Friday morning. "Mark Coma is stamping his authority on this race." Hall is referring to multiple former motorcycle winner Coma's hand in creating a route that is really testing crews this year. 

"Giniel and Dirk had navigation problems yesterday, which is very unusual. "They lost 19 minutes. "But then Carlos (Sainz) rolled, Stephane (Peterhansel) lost 15 minutes stuck in a big hole Loeb had engine problems, so I'd we are all struggling.

"That said, the car is perfect and they’re ready to go, so we’re pushing flat out - Nani Roma had a great day too and most imoportantly, the restrictor has helped, so we can fight at this altitude.

"We’re going to keep this fight going, it’s not finished here - this race is not over." - Andrew Leopold