There has been plenty of action on day four of the Dakar Rally. Nasser Al-Attiyah of Toyota Gazoo Racing SA again dominated the fourth stage with a time of 3 hours and 38 minutes.
Yesterday’s stage winner Stéphane Peterhansel of X-Raid Mini JCW Team had yet another strong performance, only just under 2 minutes off rival Al-Attiyah’s pace, followed by Jakub Przygonski of Orlen X-Raid Team, third.
Al-Attiyah has now pulled almost a 9 minute lead in the general standings over Peterhansel. The Qatari said: “I’m quite happy today. We won the stage, but there is perhaps still a faster car out there.
It was very important to catch Stéphane and stay with him all the way. Yeah, I’m quite happy. Everything is ok – there are no problems. Later we will check the car. There is still a long way to go. Me and Stéphane we are in the lead now and I’m quite happy, we’ll just keep going like this”.
Sébastian Loeb lost 30 minutes of time after suffering three of punctures but recovered well placing fifth, and sitting just over 12 minutes off the pace.
Carlos Sainz recovered well from yesterdays suspension disaster, which cost him his shot to reclaim his title, remaining in the top 10 after the fourth stage in 7th, ahead of fellow X-Raid Mini JCW Teammate Cyril Despres, eighth.
The Rally returns to Arequipa for Stage 5 with 197km of roads followed by 517km of racing.