Day 4 2016 Dakar – First Day Of A Marathon Run

First some unfinished business from yesterday.  I commented on the high average speed during yesterday’s stage, but cautioned that they might have shortened the distance due to the wet weather.  Well they did shorten the stage distance, but they did not bother to update the website with that information when I published my post.

Today’s special section took place at an average of 3,500m altitude, with alternating sandy and rocky terrain. The day’s route started in San Salvador De Jujuy then had a 100km transit to the start of a 429km long circular route which returned the competitors to the special stage start area.  From there the competitors retraced the 100km morning transit back to San Salvador De Jujuy.  However once the competitors returned to San Salvador De Jujuy, the competitors and their vehicles entered a closed area, where their mechanics cannot assist them.  In effect, it makes today’s stage the first part of one long marathon stage.

Today’s route is shown below.

Day 4 Route

Day 4′ Circular Route

Note that there are several rivers that must be crossed, which could be trouble points based on the recent wet weather conditions.

The profile of today’s route is shown below.  There are not a great number of elevation changes, but the lowlands might be more of a problem in this year’s Dakar.

Day 4 Profile

Day 4 Profile

The Peugeot team made quite a showing today!  They had four cars in the top five stage finishers!  Very impressive!  Peterhansel was in the leading Peugeot, but he finished only a mere 11 seconds ahead of Carlos Sainz after over 3 1/2 hours of off-road racing.  Loeb was only 27 seconds behind Peterhansel.

Dakar Rally 2016 Day 4 Car Class Results 

Pos. Name Marque Time Variation
1 PETERHANSEL (FRA)

COTTRET (FRA)

PEUGEOT 03:42:42
2 SAINZ (ESP)

CRUZ (ESP)

PEUGEOT 03:42:53 00:00:11
3 LOEB (FRA)

ELENA (MCO)

PEUGEOT 03:43:09 00:00:27
4 AL-ATTIYAH (QAT)

BAUMEL (FRA)

MINI 03:47:39 00:04:57
5 DESPRES (FRA)

CASTERA (FRA)

PEUGEOT 03:48:26 00:05:44
6 ALRAJHI (SAU)

GOTTSCHALK (DEU)

TOYOTA 03:48:41 00:05:59
7 POULTER (ZAF)

HOWIE (ZAF)

TOYOTA 03:48:57 00:06:15
8 ROMA (ESP)

HARO BRAVO (ESP)

MINI 03:49:52 00:07:10
9 TERRANOVA (ARG)

GRAUE (ARG)

MINI 03:50:25 00:07:43
10 GORDON (USA)

WALCH (USA)

GORDINI 03:51:16 00:08:34
11 DE VILLIERS (ZAF)

VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU)

TOYOTA 03:51:25 00:08:43
12 HIRVONEN (FIN)

PERIN (FRA)

MINI 03:52:59 00:10:17
13 VASILYEV (RUS)

ZHILTSOV (RUS)

TOYOTA 03:53:22 00:10:40
14 VAN LOON (NLD)

ROSEGAAR (NLD)

MINI 03:53:31 00:10:49
15 TEN BRINKE (NLD)

COLSOUL (BEL)

TOYOTA 03:53:52 00:11:10

 

Loeb has an overall lead of almost 5 minutes over his Peugeot teammate Stefan Peterhansel.  The Mini Team and the Toyota Team remain well positioned to move up the standings.

The same cannot be said for Robby Gordon.  The current standings show that Robby Gordon has a 1 hour 4 minute penalty!  This is the equivalent to capital punishment in the 2016 Dakar.  In the past the Dakar organizers have demonstrated their eagerness to penalize Robby Gordon.  Most infractions are five or ten minutes penalties.  But 1 hour 4 minutes seems like a strange number.  Maybe it’s typo, but based on history, I rather doubt it.  The penalty now puts Gordon in 33rd position, barely in the same area code as the leaders.

Dakar Rally 2016 Day 4 Overall Car Class Overall Standings

Pos. Name Marque Time Variation Penalty
1 LOEB (FRA)

ELENA (MCO)

PEUGEOT 09:44:51
2 PETERHANSEL (FRA)

COTTRET (FRA)

PEUGEOT 09:49:39 00:04:48
3 AL-ATTIYAH (QAT)

BAUMEL (FRA)

MINI 09:56:00 00:11:09 00:01:00
4 POULTER (ZAF)

HOWIE (ZAF)

TOYOTA 09:57:22 00:12:31
5 SAINZ (ESP)

CRUZ (ESP)

PEUGEOT 09:57:55 00:13:04 00:01:00
6 DE VILLIERS (ZAF)

VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU)

TOYOTA 09:58:10 00:13:19
7 HIRVONEN (FIN)

PERIN (FRA)

MINI 10:00:33 00:15:42
8 DESPRES (FRA)

CASTERA (FRA)

PEUGEOT 10:00:55 00:16:04 00:01:00
9 TEN BRINKE (NLD)

COLSOUL (BEL)

TOYOTA 10:04:16 00:19:25
10 VASILYEV (RUS)

ZHILTSOV (RUS)

TOYOTA 10:04:59 00:20:08 00:01:00
11 ALRAJHI (SAU)

GOTTSCHALK (DEU)

TOYOTA 10:06:25 00:21:34 00:05:00
12 SPATARO (ARG)

LOZADA (ARG)

RENAULT 10:10:01 00:25:10 00:01:00
13 VAN LOON (NLD)

ROSEGAAR (NLD)

MINI 10:24:50 00:39:59
14 PRZYGONSKI (POL)

RUDNITSKI (BLR)

MINI 10:26:53 00:42:02
15 TERRANOVA (ARG)

GRAUE (ARG)

MINI 10:28:07 00:43:16
16 PROKOP (CZE)

TOMANEK (CZE)

TOYOTA 10:29:17 00:44:26 00:01:00
17 HUNT (GBR)

SCHULZ (DEU)

MINI 10:31:39 00:46:48 00:03:00
18 MALYSZ (POL)

PANSERI (FRA)

MINI 10:32:58 00:48:07
19 GARAFULIC (CHL)

PALMEIRO (PRT)

MINI 10:35:54 00:51:03 00:01:00
20 LOPEZ (ARG)

LAFUENTE (URY)

MINI 10:39:12 00:54:21
21 LAVIEILLE (FRA)

POLATO (FRA)

RENAULT 10:40:00 00:55:09
22 CHABOT (FRA)

PILLOT (FRA)

TOYOTA 10:43:49 00:58:58 00:05:00
23 ROMA (ESP)

HARO BRAVO (ESP)

MINI 10:45:57 01:01:06 00:01:00
25 CREED (USA)

STREET (USA)

GORDINI 11:00:42 01:15:51 00:14:00
33 GORDON (USA)

WALCH (USA)

GORDINI 11:24:23 01:39:32 01:04:00

Maybe the Robby Gordon penalty will go away with further discussions with the organizers.

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