Dakar: BMW stage four report

De Mevius celebrates second place. "A special stage like a course at the Rally World Championship; extremely good to drive and I stepped hard on the gas", X-raid pilote Gregoire de Mevius expressed gladly after the finish of the special stage ...

De Mevius celebrates second place.

"A special stage like a course at the Rally World Championship; extremely good to drive and I stepped hard on the gas", X-raid pilote Gregoire de Mevius expressed gladly after the finish of the special stage today. The former Group N-World Champion arrived on second place, 22 seconds behind Stephane Peterhansel on Mitsubishi, and with that he could confirm his good first impression. De Mevius improved one place, now ranking 5th in total classification.

Both X-raid BMW X5 showed a safe performance without any problems and team manager Sven Quandt is very optimistic: "We are satisfied, so far, and our position for the desert stages is good. We are looking forward to the coming challenges and to proving our competitive power."

Luc Alphand with his 11th place may have been satisfied as well, but he was indignant at a penalty of nine minutes: "We were delayed because of an interview with the promoter and therefore not able to reach the next control point in time. I consider the penalty as not fair and we have entered a protest". With a total delay of 13:20 minutes, the French is only ranking 30th at the moment. If the protest was successful, he would still be on 12th position in total.

Stage five, leading from Tozeur to El Borma over 494 kilometres tomorrow, will include a special stage of 285 kilometres and 209 kilometres liaison. The main characteristics of this stage are fast, sandy and often stony tracks in the beginning, followed by low dunes, lots of undulations and leaps.

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Series Dakar
Drivers Luc Alphand , Stéphane Peterhansel , Gregoire de Mevius