Dakar Trucks, Stage 4: De Rooy sets pace, Versluis passes Stacey for rally lead

IVECO driver Gerard de Rooy was victorious in Stage 4 of Dakar Rally's truck category after a day-long battle with fellow Dutchman Pieter Versluis, the latter taking the overall lead.

35-year-old de Rooy led the way for most of the stage closely followed by Versluis and, although a late push from his MAN rival prompted a brief change out front, de Rooy fought back to finish ahead by 37 seconds.

Although he had to settle for second, Versluis still managed to claim the overall lead from teammate Hans Stacey, who ended up third and is just 15 seconds off in the standings.

Local driver Federico Villagra continued to show strong form in fourth, while Eduard Nikolaev and Siarhei Viazovich both found himself almost four minutes behind as they rounded out the top six.

Czech duo Martin Kolomy and Ales Loprais ended up seventh and eighth respectively, the latter finishing just ten seconds ahead of 2015 champion Airat Mardeev.

After the fourth day of the event, MAN duo Versluis and Stacey control the event as the duo edges out Iveco pair Villagra and de Rooy by two and five minutes respectively - while Mardeev stands fifth as the top Kamaz entry.

Standings after Stage 4

Pos.No.Driver

Truck

Time/Gap
1 510

Pieter Versluis

Marcel Pronk

Artur Klein

MAN

10h02m34s
2 506

 Hans Stacey

 Serge Bruynkens 

 Jan van der Vaet

MAN

15s
3 514

Federico Villagra

Jorge Perez Companc

Andres Memi

IVECO

2m04s
4 501

 Gerard de Rooy

 Moises Torrallardona

 Darek Rodewald

IVECO

4m59s
5 500

 Ayrat Mardeev

 Aydar Belyaev

 Dmitriy Svistunov

Kamaz

9m27s
6 516

Tom van Genugten

Anton van Limpt

Peter van Eerd

IVECO

13m32s
7 505

 Martin Kolomy

 David Kilian

 Rene Kilian

Tatra

13m40s
8 503

 Ales Loprais

 Ferran Marco Alcayna

 Bernard der Kinderen

IVECO

15m04s
9 502

Eduard Nikolaev

Evgeny Yakovlev

Vladimir Rybakov

Kamaz

17m56s
10 507

Siarhei Viazovich

 Pavel Haranin

 Andrei Zhyhulin

MAZ

22m28s

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Series Dakar
Event Dakar 2016
Sub-event Stage 4: Jujuy - Jujuy
Drivers Gerard de Rooy , Hans Stacey , Peter Versluis
Article type Stage report
Tags truck