Day Four of the 2013 Dakar Rally had a substantial effect on the final results. In the Car Class Nasser Al-Attiyah managed to narrowly win Stage 4 by 36 seconds over Chicherit and by 1 minute 17 seconds over Peterhansel.
The top 10 finishers for Day 4/Stage 4 were as follows:
2013 Dakar Rally Stage 4 Results – Cars Class
|1||AL-ATTIYAH (QAT)CRUZ (ESP)||BUGGY||03:28:46||–||–|
|2||CHICHERIT (FRA)GARCIN (FRA)||SMG||03:29:22||00:00:36||–|
|3||PETERHANSEL (FRA)COTTRET (FRA)||MINI||03:30:03||00:01:17||–|
|4||DE VILLIERS (ZAF)VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU)||TOYOTA||03:33:03||00:04:17||–|
|5||ROMA (ESP)PÉRIN (FRA)||MINI||03:36:13||00:07:27||–|
|6||NOVISTKIY (RUS)ZHILTSOV (RUS)||MINI||03:42:41||00:13:55||–|
|7||COFFARO (VEN)MENESES (VEN)||TOYOTA||03:49:31||00:20:45||–|
|8||CHABOT (FRA)PILLOT (FRA)||SMG||03:49:53||00:21:07||–|
|9||THOMASSE (FRA)LARROQUE (FRA)||BUGGY MD RALLYE||03:53:23||00:24:37||–|
|10||SOUSA (PRT)RAMALHO (PRT)||GREAT WALL||03:54:55||00:26:09||–|
For two competitors, Stage 4 represented the effective end of the line for all out victory. Carlos Sainz finished in 43rd position about 2 1/2 hours behind the stage winner due to fuel problems that left him stranded to wait for fuel. And in a major disappointment Robby Gordon had an end over flip which left him upside down with damaged radiators. He wound up finishing just over 5 hours behind the stage winner.
“We started off second and we got through some really gnarly, silty stuff. We went over a dune and it was just straight down with one right end to it. We idled into it just enough to tip us over the front, honestly, five miles an hour probably, it wasn’t a big rollover. Except it put all the weight of the vehicle on the front, broke the windshield and flopped it on its roof and we had to wait for new radiators to get to us. It was a long wait. It’s been a disappointing rally for us; we expected so much more. The first day I was too conservative and this dune I went over just a little too much, so we can’t find a happy medium I guess. The rollover was honestly five miles an hour. It stood on the top for a while and I thought it was going to come backwards, but it just flopped over. It wasn’t that dangerous except for the fact that we were on the other side of the dune. It was probably five to seven minutes before Peterhansel got there, so we’d already put some gap on him, but that doesn’t do us any good now. You know, we just needed to have a good day today. I don’t know what’s going wrong… Like I said, we’ve just had a horrible rally so far this year. I don’t see a bright side coming, because it’s going to be a long ten days. Last year we were so good most of the rally and this year we started off conservatively like I did last year and it’s just been unfortunate. We haven’t been able to put it all together. We’ve got the team, we’ve got the cars, but I guess the drivers are making mistakes. It’s just unfortunate. I think we’re going to have sit back and see if it really makes sense to continue or not.”
De Villiers’ Car Being Readied For Stage 5
The following are the Overall standing in the Car Class after Stage 4 or Day 4:
Overall Standings After Stage 4 – Cars Class
|1||PETERHANSEL (FRA)COTTRET (FRA)||MINI||09:04:29||–||–|
|2||AL-ATTIYAH (QAT)CRUZ (ESP)||BUGGY||09:09:45||00:05:16||–|
|3||DE VILLIERS (ZAF)VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU)||TOYOTA||09:37:51||00:33:22||–|
|4||NOVISTKIY (RUS)ZHILTSOV (RUS)||MINI||09:38:17||00:33:48||–|
|5||ROMA (ESP)PÉRIN (FRA)||MINI||09:43:35||00:39:06||–|
|6||CHICHERIT (FRA)GARCIN (FRA)||SMG||09:47:01||00:42:32||–|
|7||CHABOT (FRA)PILLOT (FRA)||SMG||10:03:59||00:59:30||00:01:00|
|8||ERRANDONEA (AND)DEBRON (FRA)||SMG||10:09:23||01:04:54||00:01:00|
|9||GADASIN (RUS)KUZMICH (UKR)||G-FORCE PROTO||10:26:36||01:22:07||–|
|10||THOMASSE (FRA)LARROQUE (FRA)||BUGGY MD RALLYE||10:28:25||01:23:56||–|
With the Stage 4 fuel problems, Carlos Sainz is now 24th Overall 3 hours 18 minutes behind the leader. Robby Gordon is now in 43rd position Overall almost 6 hours behind the leader.
In the Bike Class Joan Barreda Bort had a great day, overcoming both the tough conditions on the stage as well as navigation challenges as well. Apparently a few riders chose to drop back and follow other riders who have good navigational skills, rather than charge ahead and risk getting lost.
The following is a list of the top 10 finishers from Stage 4. Notice how few KTM motorcycles are in the top 10 from Stage 4. KTM motorcycles recently have had a large presence at the front of the field.
2013 Dakar Rally Stage 4 Results – Bike Class
|1||BARREDA BORT (ESP)||HUSQVARNA||03:41:09||–||–|
|4||FARRES GUELL (ESP)||HONDA||03:52:49||00:11:40||–|
Overall, the top seven riders in the Overall standings are within 10 minutes, which at this stage means that they all are still essentially tied.
2013 Dakar Rally Overall Standings After Day 4 – Bike Class
|4||BARREDA BORT (ESP)||HUSQVARNA||10:16:16||00:05:38||–|
Tomorrow, on Day 5 of the 2013 Dakar Rally, the competitors will leave Peru and end the day in Arica, Chile.
Arequipa Service Area