Dakar: Stage four Er Rachidia to Ouarzazate notes

Er Rachidia to Ouarzazate Connection: 96 km - Special: 405 km - Connection: 178 km Total: 679 km General: 05:35 - STAGE 4: ER RACHIDIA - OUARZAZATE 679 km, including 405 km against the clock, are on the menu for the fourth stage. The route is...

Er Rachidia to Ouarzazate
Connection: 96 km - Special: 405 km - Connection: 178 km
Total: 679 km

General:

05:35 - STAGE 4: ER RACHIDIA - OUARZAZATE
679 km, including 405 km against the clock, are on the menu for the fourth stage. The route is a first test of the competitors' resistance, with some very fast sections, but also some fords as well as the first real dunes. It is a firebrand's paradise which could favour experienced competitors, in particular Stephane Peterhansel... It should be noted that the bikers will have a private bivouac at Ouarzazate. They will have to deal with their machines by themselves if there are problems since assistance vehicles will be forbidden.

09:50 - START OF LIVE COVERAGE
Welcome to all. The winner of yesterday's special stage, Spaniard Marc Coma, has got proceedings underway for the day's special at 07.20 GMT this morning, as scheduled.

Bike:

10:22 - Duclos crashes
No. 7, ALAIN DUCLOS - KTM, SUPER PRODUCTION
At 07.56 GMT, the Alain Duclos's warning beacon was triggered after a fall during the first 10 km of the special stage. Under the supervision of the medical team, the rider has been taken back to Er-Rachidia.

10:26 - End of the road for Buratti
No. 167, LORENZO BURATTI - HONDA, SUPER PRODUCTION
Italian biker Lorenzo Buratti, due to a problem with his brakes caused by a pierced hose at the start of the day's special stage, will not be participating in the special and is now looking for a means of getting to Ouarzazate.

10:51 - Coma leads after 90 km
After the first 90 km of the special stage, Spaniard Marc Coma is leading, 5'10 ahead of countryman Isidre Esteve Pujol and 5'11 in front of American Jonah Street. Setting off in 21st position this morning, Frenchman Cyril Despres has already climbed back up to 4th position, 7'23 behind the leader.

Car:

11:05 - The cars have started
No. 301, DE VILLIERS/VON ZITZEWITZ - VOLKSWAGEN, SUPER PRODUCTION
Yesterday's winner of the special, South African Giniel De Villiers, has kicked off proceedings for the day's special stage in the car category, at 09.06 GMT as scheduled.

Bike:

11:08 - Palante falls
No. 122, ERIC PALANTE - HONDA, SUPER PRODUCTION
At 08.05 GMT, Belgian Eric Palante was victim to an accident during the first kilometre. Under the supervision of the medical team, the rider has been taken back to the bivouac in Er-Rachidia for an examination.

11:40 - Crash for Fedorov
No. 234, PAVEL FEDOROV - YAMAHA, SUPER PRODUCTION
Russian rider Pavel Fedorov has had a fall, but without serious injury, after 71 km and has broken his bike.

Car:

12:00 - Al Attiyah in the lead after 90 km
No. 309, NASSER AL ATTIYAH NASSER - BMW, SUPER PRODUCTION
Now that the first 20 cars have passed the 90 km mark, Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah is the virtual leader of the special stage, 1" in front of Carlos Sousa and 6" ahead of Stephane Peterhansel

Bike:

12:15 - Coma leads at CP1
No. 1, MARC COMA - KTM, SUPER PRODUCTION
Now that the first 40 bikes have gone through CP1, Spaniard Marc Coma is the virtual leader of the special stage, 9'34 in front of countryman Isidre Esteve Pujol and 13'15 ahead of Frenchman David Casteu.

12:43 - Coma leads at CP2
No. 1, MARC COMA - KTM, SUPER PRODUCTION
Now that the first 5 bikes have gone through CP2, Spaniard Marc Coma is the virtual leader of the special stage, 9'37 ahead of countryman Isidre Esteve Pujol and 19'41 in front of American Chris Blais.

12:46 - Mechanical problems for De Baar
No. 57, PASCAL DE BAAR - HONDA, MARATHON
Dutchman Pascal De Baar has stopped after CP1, following mechanical problems.

12:48 - Ramel breaks down
No. 39, GREGORY RAMEL - KTM, SUPER PRODUCTION
French biker Grégory Ramel has broken down after 142 km of the special stage and does not look like restarting.

Car:

12:53 - Zoetaert repairs...
No. 444, ZOETAERT/CLAEYS - BUGGY AUDI, SUPER PRODUCTION
Due to a twisted steering tiller after 75 km of the special stage, the Belgian team of Werner Zoetaert and Stefaan Claeys are busy with repairs but are looking to get going again quickly.

Bike:

12:55 - It's all over for Barros
N°230, SYLVIO BARROS - KTM, MARATHON
Having suffered a fall on the special stage, the Brazilian rider Sylvio Barros has decided to throw in the towel due to his many injuries, which are not serious however, and is now waiting for the broom car.

12:57 - Despres 3rd at CP2
No. 2, CYRIL DESPRES - KTM, SUPER PRODUCTION
Frenchman Cyril Despres has passed CP2 in 3rd position, 16'47 behind provisional leader Marc Coma.

Truck:

13:36 - Stacey in the lead after 53 km
No. 501, HANS STACEY -- MAN Now that the first 7 trucks have completed 53 km,
Dutchman Hans Stacey is the virtual leader of the special stage, 2'24 in front of countryman Gerard De Rooy and 3'51 ahead of Russian' Vladimir Chagin.

Car:

13:38 - Schlesser in the lead after 216 km
No. 310, SCHLESSER/DEBRON - BUGGY SCHLESSER, SUPER PRODUCTION
Now that the first 18 cars have completed 216 km, Frenchman Jean-Louis Schlesser is the virtual leader of this special stage, 2'37 ahead of countryman Stéphane Peterhansel and 3'18 ahead of Portugal's Carlos Sousa.

13:40 - Engine failure for Wade
No. 408, WADE/DEMAZURE - NISSAN, SUPER PRODUCTION
Having suffered engine failure after 73 km of the special stage, the Franco-Senegalese team of Syndiely Wade and Pierre Henri Demazure are currently awaiting assistance, to carry out repairs and get started again.

General:

13:42 - 483 vehicles started out on the special stage
On closure of checks at the start of this 4th special, 229 bikes, 173 cars and 81 trucks took starter's orders for the special stage this morning. 9 bikes, 5 cars and 3 trucks did not start.

Bike:

13:46 - Coma is the provisional winner
After arrival of the first 5 bikes at the finishing line of this 4th special stage, Spaniard Marc Coma leads, 12'16 ahead of countryman Isidre Esteve Pujol and 18'56 ahead of Cyril Despres.

Car:

13:48 - Schlesser leads at CP2
No. 310, SCHLESSER/DEBRON - BUGGY SCHLESSER, SUPER PRODUCTION
Now that the first 8 cars have passed through CP2, Frenchman Jean-Louis Schlesser is the virtual leader of the special stage, 42" ahead of countryman Stephane Peterhansel and 5'45 in front of Portugal's Carlos Sousa.

14:21 - The misery continues for Kleinschmidt
No. 307, KLEINSCHMIDT/THORNER - BMW, SUPER PRODUCTION
After electrical problems and a small fire during the previous special stages, German Jutta Kleinschmidt is currently stuck at CP2, following a clutch problem, after having arrived in 10th position at this same CP.

Truck:

14:23 - Trucks Stacey leads after 159 km
No. 501, HANS STACEY -- MAN
Now that the first 8 trucks have completed 159 km, Dutchman Hans Stacey is still the virtual leader of the special stage, 3'06 ahead of Russian Vladimir Chagin and 6'27 in front of Gerard De Rooy.

Bike:

14:25 - Broken engine for Frostad
No. 206, GJERMOND FROSTAD - YAMAHA, SUPER PRODUCTION
Norwegian rider Gjermond Frostad has suffered a broken engine after 353 km of the special stage and, unable to repair it, is now waiting for the broom car.

Car:

15:15 - Schlesser is the provisional winner
No. 310, SCHLESSER/DEBRON - BUGGY SCHLESSER, SUPER PRODUCTION
Now that the first 8 cars have finished this 4th special stage, Frenchman Jean-Louis Schlesser is virtual leader in the scratch times, 7'58" ahead of Spaniard Carlos Sainz and 8'05 in front of Spaniard Nani Roma.

Truck:

15:17 - Trucks Stacey leads at CP1
No. 501, HANS STACEY -- MAN
Now that the first 4 trucks have gone through CP1, Dutchman Hans Stacey is the virtual leader of the special stage, 3'26 ahead of Russian Vladimir Chagin and 12'03 in front of Frenchman Philippe Jacquot.

Car:

15:35 - Broken U-joint for Van Den Broeck
No. 360, VAN DEN BROECK/FERYN - TOYOTA SUPER PRODUCTION
The Belgian team of Michel Van den Broeck and Pascal Feryn has suffered a broken U-joint after 296 km of the special stage and are trying to repair it.

16:16 - Clutch problem for Peterhansel
No. 302, STEPHANE PETERHANSEL - MITSUBISHI, SUPER PRODUCTION
Placed in 2nd position at CP2, 45" behind the leader, Stephane Peterhansel suffered a burned out clutch on the last section of the special stage. He eventually arrived in 10th position at the end of the special, 25'14" behind the provisional winner Jean-Louis Schlesser. Peterhansel is now 9th in the provisional general rankings, 24'01 behind leader Carlos Sainz

Bike:

16:21 - SOUTH AFRICAN ELMER SYMONS IN FATAL ACCIDENT
No. 107, ELMER SYMONS
The organisers of the Dakar were this morning informed of the death of South African Elmer Symons, rider number 107, during the 4th stage. At the age of 29, Elmer Symons was taking part in his first Dakar as a competitor having participated in two others as part of an assistance team. The rally organisers waited for the arrival at the bivouac of his brother Kingsley Symons, who was providing assistance for him, in order to express their support and sadness.

Truck:

16:36 - Truck Mechanical problem for Stacey
No. 501, HANS STACEY -- MAN
Leader of the special stage after 277 km, Dutchman Hans Stacey is currently halted due to mechanical problems and is carrying out repairs before setting off again.

Car:

17:23 - Major detour for the Barbier's
No. 383, BARBIER/BARBIER - MITSUBISHI, PRODUCTION
Following a navigation error after 265 km of the special stage, French couple Christian and Odile Barbier took a detour of 47 kilometres before turning back to rejoin the ideal route at km 283 and set off again on the normal course of this timed section.

Bike:

18:13 - Sousa scores second best time of the special.
No. 313, SOUSA/SCHULZ - VOLKSWAGEN, SUPER PRODUCTION
With a time of 4'07'46", Portugal's Carlos Sousa has taken 2nd place in this 4th special, 7'52" behind the day's winner Jean-Louis Schlesser, and 6" in front of Spaniard Carlos Sainz, now in 3rd.

Truck:

17:41 - Best provisional time for Chagin
No. 500, CHAGIN/YAKUBOV/SAVOSTIN - KAMAZ
Now that the first 2 trucks have completed the special stage, Vladimir Chagin is the virtual winner of the special with a time of 4'56'13", 12'55" ahead of Dutchman Hans Stacey.

Bike:

19:26 - Stage 4 summary
Pending validation, Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM) won the 4th special scratch time stage, 12'16" ahead of countryman Isidre Esteve Pujol (KTM) and 18'56" in front of Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM). The title-holder also took over the lead in the general rankings, 11'50" ahead of Spaniard Esteve. In the 450 cc category, Frenchman David Frétigné (Yamaha) was victorious, with the 8th-placed scratch time. In the Marathon category, Letton Janis Vinters (KTM) triumphed with the 9th-placed scratch time. Finally, as regards the quads, Spaniard Juan Manuel Gonzalez (KTM) tasted victory.

Car:

19:30 - Stage 4 summary
Pending validation, Frenchman Jean-Louis Schlesser (buggy) won the 4th special scratch time stage as well as the 2-wheel drive category, 7'52" ahead of Portugal's Carlos Sousa (VW) and 7'58" in front of Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW), who strengthened his position at the head of the general rankings, with a lead of 1'55" over his South African team-mate Giniel De Villiers (VW). In the Open category, Eric Vigouroux (Chevrolet) triumphed with the 13th-placed scratch time. Finally, in the Production category, Frenchman Jean-Jacques Ratet (Toyota) was victorious with the 35th-placed scratch time.

Truck:

19:33 - Stage 4 summary
Pending validation, Russian Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) won the 4th special scratch time stage, 12'55" ahead of Dutchman Hans Stacey (Man) and 29'06" in front of Russian Ilgizar Mardeev (Kamaz). Chagin thus strengthens his position at the head of the general rankings and now boasts a lead of 24'04" over Stacey and 54'48" over Gerard De Rooy (Ginaf).

Bike:

19:40 - Street and Erland waiting for the broom car
No. 25, JONAH STREET - KTM, SUPER PRODUCTION
N° 156, MARK ERLAND - KTM, SUPER PRODUCTION
Australian Mark Erland has had to stop and is now providing company for American Jonah Street who has suffered an engine failure after 290 km of the special stage. The two riders are now waiting for the broom car.

General:

19:42 - 306 vehicles have made it through the special stage
At 18.30 GMT, 188 bikes, 98 cars and 20 trucks had completed this fourth special stage and were heading for or had already arrived at the bivouac in Foum-Zguid for the bikers and in Ouarzazate for the cars and trucks, the finishing points of this 4th stage.

-credit: dakar.com

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Series Dakar
Drivers Carlos Sainz , Jean-Louis Schlesser , Jutta Kleinschmidt , Stéphane Peterhansel , Carlos Sousa , Syndiely Wade , Cyril Despres , Nani Roma , Marc Coma , Isidre Esteve , David Fretigne , Chris Blais , Vladimir Chagin , Alain Duclos , David Casteu , Hans Stacey , Jonah Street , Philippe Jacquot , Ilgizar Mardeev , Janis Vinters , Pascal Feryn