Opening the stage, Matthias Walkner also rode a superb final day of the rally to post the third fastest time on the special. Unfortunately, having clocked into the final check-control late, he was penalised and dropped to fifth position for the day earning him fourth overall in the final standings. Despite the setback, Matthias was pleased with his progress and the work done by the team, and now looks forward to the next event in Peru.
‰ÛÏStage five was really cool, I enjoyed it a lot," Walkner said. "There were some nice pistes but also about 30km of riverbeds so we had to take care there. I tried to push as hard as I could where it was safe but made a small mistake on the road book and that‰Ûªs where Toby caught me. Other than that, I know my pace was really good and I‰Ûªm happy with how my bike is performing. It‰Ûªs unfortunate to receive the penalty as it has cost my place on the podium."