Dakar Cars, Stage 4: Peterhansel wins as Peugeot dominates

Stephane Peterhansel secured his first win of the 2016 Dakar Rally with victory in Stage 4 of the event, on a day dominated by Peugeot drivers.

The 11-time Dakar winner won the stage by just 11 seconds from teammate Carlos Sainz.

It was Peterhansel's 66th stage win in the Dakar, and his 33rd on four wheels.

The stage, the first that did not need to be shortened in this year's edition so far, ran in Jujuy for a total of 629km, 429km of those timed.

Peterhansel led from the start of the marathon stage, going quickest in the first three control points, but first Sebastien Loeb and then Sainz pushed harder in the second half and managed to reduce the initial gap to his compatriot.

The Spaniard went on to finish second behind Peterhansel, with Loeb down in third just 16 seconds behind Sainz.

The result keeps Loeb in the lead in the overall standings, with Peterhansel now moving from third to second after Toyota's Giniel de Villiers lost over eight minutes to the Dakar legend today.

Sainz, who had been given a one-minute penalty yesterday, also climbed up the order following his Monday problems, the two-time World Rally champion now up to fifth in the standings.

Reigning Dakar champion Nasser Al-Attiyah was the first non-Peugeot driver in fourth position in the Mini, nearly five minutes slower than Peterhansel.

Cyril Despres made it four Peugeots in the top five with fifth place in the last 2008DKR16.

De Villiers finished down in 11th behind fellow Toyota drivers Yazeed Al-Rajhi and Leeroy Poulter, 2014 winner Nani Roma, Argentine Orlando Terranova and Robby Gordon, who completed the top 10.

Standings after Stage 4:

Pos.No.Driver

Car

Time/Gap
1 314

Sebastien Loeb

Daniel Elena

Peugeot

9h44m51s
2 302

Stephane Peterhansel
Jean-Paul Cottret

Peugeot

4m48s
3 300

Nasser Al-Attiyah

Matthieu Baumel

Mini

11m09s
4 319

Leeroy Poulter

Robert Howie

Toyota

12m31s
5 303

Carlos Sainz

Lucas Cruz

Peugeot

13m04s
6 301

Giniel de Villiers

Dirk von Zitzewitz

Toyota

13m19s
7 315

Mikko Hirvonen

Michel Perin

Mini

15m42s
8 321

Cyril Despres

David Castera

Peugeot

16m04s
9 311

Bernhard ten Brinke

Tom Colsoul

Toyota

19m25s
10 307

Vladimir Vasilyev

Konstantin Zhiltsov

Toyota

20m08s

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Series Dakar
Event Dakar 2016
Sub-event Stage 4: Jujuy - Jujuy
Drivers Carlos Sainz , Sébastien Loeb , Stéphane Peterhansel
Teams Peugeot Sport
Article type Stage report
Tags car