Stage 4 Fiambala to Copiapo notes

Stage 4 - Fiambala to Copiapo Tuesday, January 5 * Liaison : 394 km * Speciale : 203 km * Liaison : 32 km * Total : 629 km Breaking news per ASO Dakar website: Times given in G.M.T. -3 21:53 - Car Stage 4 summary Pending validation by the...

Stage 4 - Fiambala to Copiapo
Tuesday, January 5

* Liaison : 394 km
* Speciale : 203 km
* Liaison : 32 km
* Total : 629 km

Breaking news per ASO Dakar website:
Times given in G.M.T. -3

21:53 - Car
Stage 4 summary

Pending validation by the race marshalls, American driver Robby Gordon (Hummer) wins his 1st scratch victory on this 2010 edition of the Dakar, his third victory in total in the rally raid. With a time of 1h40'21, the NASCAR driver arrived a tiny second ahead of French driver Stephane Peterhansel (BMW) and 2'26 ahead of Qatari driver Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW)... In the overall stadings it is nevertheless "Peter" who gets the day's big win as the driver from Vesoul now has a 7'36 lead over his most serious rival Spain's Carlos Sainz (VW), and a 9'56 lead over Qatari driver Al-Attiyah. Of course, in the Open category, Gordon gets his fourth consecutive stage victory on this 32nd edition. Finally in the production category, French driver Nicolas Gibon (Toyota) is the winner and comes back 10'20 behind the leader in the category's standings, Spaniard Xavier Foj (Toyota).

21:48 - Bike
Stage 4 summary

Pending validation by the race marshalls, Spain's Marc Coma (KTM) gets his first stage victory on this 32nd Dakar, his eighth stage victory in the rally raid. After losing more than 40' in two days the title holder has started his crazy climb back to the top of the standings; even if he only regained 2'04 on to David Casteu and 3'14 on to Cyril Despres (KTM) today. Nothing to worry about for the now Andorran who remains firmly established at the top with a now 8'53 lead on Casteu and a 23'45 on Portugal's Helder Rodrigues (Yamaha)... As for Marc Coma, he is now 6th 38'50 from the leader.

21:45 - Truck
Stage 4 summary

Pending validation by the race marshalls, Russian driver Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) gets - on his 40th birthday - his fourth consecutive stage victory on this 32nd Dakar and reaches a total and personal record of 51 stage victories in the truck category. This is just a couple of stage victories shy of the absolute record in stage victories of the Dakar held by Stephane Peterhansel! With a time of 1h53'36, the "Tsar" arrived 07'44 ahead of his faithful lieutenant and countryman Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz) and 11'50 ahead of the third Kamaz driver Russia's Ilgizar Mardeev... The mishaps of Brazilian driver Andre De Azevedo (Tatra), stuck for several hours in the sand dunes at the end of the stage due to an electrical breakdown and this new victory allow both Kamaz drivers to take a very strong lead in the overall standings with Chagin having now a 26'27 on Kabirov, but - more importantly - a 2h24'33 (!) lead over the third driver in the standings, Dutchman Marcel Van Vliet (Ginaf).

21:39
Stage 4 summary

Pending validation by the race marshalls, Argentine rider Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha) gets his first stage victory in the Dakar by winning this fourth special stage of the 32nd edition. With a time of 2h13'29, the local kid wins the stage just 1'06'' ahead of his younger brother Marcos Patronelli (Yamaha), and 1'14 ahead of Czech rider Martin Plechaty (Yamaha). In the general standings, the Patronelli brothers remain firmly glued to the lead of the race where the youngest one Marcos is ahead of his older brother Alejandro by 8'15, whilst their countryman Sebastian Halpern (Yamaha) is ranking third 26'50 from the leader.

21:06 - Truck
505 - 3rd fastest time for Mardeev...

After starting 14th today's fourth special stage, Russian driver Ilgizar Mardeev (Kamaz) just completed the day's route finishing 3rd 11'50 from the day's winner, his team mate Russian driver Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz).

20:16 - Truck
501 - Happy Birthday, Mr. Chagin!

It is a well-know motto: "If you want something doing, do it yourself". Well, to celebrate his 40th birthday today, Russian driver Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) did not leave anyone else a chance to win the raid's fourth special stage. The Tsar won - brilliantly to say the very least - and finished 7'44 ahead of this countryman and team mate Firdaus Kabirov. More importantly this fourth stage victory allows him to bring his personal record to 51 Dakar stage victories, just a couple shy of absolute record holder in all categories Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel.

19:59 - Truck
501 - Implacable Chagin!

The first 8 trucks have now crossed CP2 at the km 111 marker of the day's special stage and Russian driver Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) is still leisurly in the lead respectively 6'41 and 8'17 ahead of his countrymen and lieutenants in the Kamaz armada, i.e. Firdaus Kairov and Ilgizar Mardeev.

19:53 - Car
302 - Gordon takes the lead... for one tiny second!...

After starting 11th this morning, US driver Robby Gordon (Hummer) finished the day's special stage in 1h40'21, a time that gives him his third special stage victory on the Dakar as he finishes one tiny little second ahead of Stephane Peterhansel (BMW).

19:44 - Car
301 - One more for "Peter"!

The first four cars have now reached the end of this fourth special stage and Stephane Peterhansel (BMW) is the day's winner - his 20th stagge victory in the car category and his 53rd stage victory in all Dakar categories - a record!... Moreover with t time of 1h40'22 the Frenchman ends the stage with a 2'25 lead over Qatari driver Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW) and a 3'03 lead over Spaniard Espagnol Carlos Sainz (VW), whilst also increasing his lead in the general standings and putting himself 7'36 ahead of "El Matador".

19:21 - Truck
501 - Chagin keeps it steady...

Already winner of the three first stages of this 32nd Dakar, Russian driver Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) is on the right track for victory number 4. At CP1 the "Tsar" was ahead with respectively 2'27 and 3'12 leads over his two team mates and countrymen Firdaus Kabirov and Ilgizar Mardeev.

19:08 - Car
306 - Al-Attiyah back in the lead, but...

The first 5 cars have just passed CP2 (km 111) of the day's special stage and it is now Qatari driver Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW) who is in the lead 6" ahead of Stephane Peterhansel (BMW) and 1'30 ahead of Spaniard Espagnol Carlos Sainz (VW)... But the die is not cast yet as at the crossing of the km 83 marker the Qatari had a 35" lead over "Peter" who is in heavy pursuit and is coming back strong on the VW driver at the end of this stage.

19:00 - Quad
277 - Alejandro Patronelli... at last!

Now that the first 8 quads have completed the day's special stage, it is Argentine rider Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha) who wins the stage and gets his first Dakar stage victory. With a time of 2h13'29 the oldest of the Patronelli brothers finished 1'06 ahead of his younger brother Marcos, who nevertheless remains in the lead in the general standings and 1'14 ahead of Czech rider Martin Plechaty (Yamaha) who was however the fastest at all markers of the day!

18:22 - Car
301 - "Peter" gets vantage...

First one to start today's special stage, the leader in the general standings Stephane Peterhansel (BMW) checked in the lead at CP1(km 38) 24" ahead of Qatari driver Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW) and 35" ahead of Spain's Carlos Sainz (VW).

18:14 - Truck
501 - IT'S A GO FOR TRUCKS!

As per new schedule set by the organizers the truck's special stage started at 2:49PM with 3rd stage winner and already firm holder of the lead in the general standings Russia's Vladimir chagin (Kamaz). The "Tsar" was followed 5' later by his countryman and team mate Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz).

18:08 - Quad
268 - Plechaty defends his country's honor!...

As title holder and Czech quad rider Josef Machacek (Yamaha) has decided not to race the day's special stage and go straight to the Copiapo bivouac by road - hence putting an end to all hopes of a second victory in the raid - his fellow countryman Martin Plechaty (yamaha) has decided to defend his country's flag on this fourth stage. As the first six quads passed CP2 at km 111 the Czech rider was indeed still in the lead 2'59 ahead of the older of the Patronelli brothers (Yamaha) Alejandro and 4'01 ahead of the latter's younger brother Marcos.

18:00 - Bike
1 - Coma's turn!...

The first 6 bikes have just reached the end of the timed section of today's special stage and it is Spanish rider Marc Coma (KTM) who is the day's winner and gets his first stage victory in the 2010 edition - his 10th in a Dakar. With a time of 1h46'58 the Spaniard arrived 2'04 before David Casteu (Sherco) and 3'14 before Cyril Despres (KTM). Nothing to worry about however for the Andoran in the general standings where he remains a steady leader 8'53 ahead of Casteu. As for the day's winner, Marc Coma is now 38'50 behind the race leaders.

17:51 - Car
301 - IT'S A GO FOR CARS!

As per new schedule established by the organizers, French driver Stephane Peterhansel (BMW), the winner of stage 3 yesterday and new leader in the general standings, has kicked off the day's special stage at 1:35 PM. He was followed 2' later by his prime rival Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW).

17:49 - Quad
268 - Plechaty drives a nail home...

The first 6 quads have now passed the km 83 marker of the day's special stage and Czech rider Martin Plechaty (Yamaha) is still in the lead now 2'23 ahead of Argentina's Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha) and 3'00 ahead of Spain's Jose Manuel Gonzalez Corominas (Yamaha).

17:19 - Bike
1 - Coma still in the lead!...

The first 8 bikes have now passed CP2 (km 111) of the day's special stage and it is still Spanish rider Marc Coma (KTM) who gets best time of the day. The title holder is 1'25 ahead of the leader in the general standings, Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) and 1'53 ahead of another French rider David Casteu (Sherco).

17:17 - Quad
268 - Plechaty in the lead at CP1

The first 10 quads have now passed CP1 (km 38) of the day's special stage and it is Czech rider Martin Plechaty (Yamaha) who is in the lead 36" ahead of Spain's Jose Manuel Gonzalez Corominas (Yamaha) and 1'24 ahead of the leader in the standings Argentina's Marcos Patronelli (Yamaha). It is also to be noted that the winner of stage 3 and first quad rider to start this morning Argentine rider Sebastian Halpern (Yamaha) was timed 9'39 behind the stage leader after having had to stop for several minutes at km 15 probably because of a mechanical problem.

17:13 - Bike
1 - The Coma show is on the road...

The first 8 bikes have now passed the km 83 marker of today's special stage and it is - again - Marc Coma (KTM) who is in the lead. After loosing more than 40' in two days, the Spaniard is now riding at infernal speed and already has a 1'01 lead on Frenchman David Casteu (Sherco) and a 1'10 on the leader in the overall standings, French rider Cyril Despres (KTM).

16:20 - Bike
1 - Best clock for Coma at CP1

Starting 9th of today's special stage, Spanish rider and title holder Marc Coma (KTM) was timed with the best clock at CP1 (km 38), 5" ahead of the leader in the overall standings, Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM).

16:18 - Bike
2 - Despres in the lead at CP1

The first 5 bikes have now passed CP1 located at the km 38 marker of today's special stage and it is - logically - French rider Cyril Despres (KTM) who is in the lead 57" ahead of his fellow countryman David Casteu (Sherco) and 1'04 ahead of Portuguese biker Paulo Goncalves (BMW).

15:55 - Bike
2 - IT'S A GO FOR BIKES!

As per new schedule set by the organizers for this fourth special stage, French rider Cyril Despres (KTM) started the day's stage at 11:30 AM local time. The winner of yesterday's special stage and new leader in the overall standings was followed 2' later by Portugal's Helder Rodrigues (Yamaha).

15:09
READY, STEADY, GO!

ROUTE CHANGE As announced yesterday night, given the fact that many contenders arrived very late at the Fiambala bivouac at the end of stage 3, the organizers decided to push the start of the day's special stage by 1.5 hour and to shorten the route. Today's fourth special stage will now start at 11:30 (local time) and it's Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) who will start the show. On the race side the 279 teams who left the Fiambala bivouac this morning will now have to deal with a 160-km special stage instead of the 203 km initially foreseen and the stage will finish at CP3.

08:00
ADJUSTMENT OF THE FOURTH STAGE FIAMBALA-COPIAPO

In order that the race remains as fair as possible, possibilities of adjustments based on the events of the previous day have been imagined.

Indeed, seeing that a great number of competitors will not have returned to the bivouac by night fall, and having to face the passage of the Andes Cordillera, the rally organization has decided to delay the start of tomorrow's stage from 4:00 to 5:30 and set the finish of tomorrow's special at CP3, reducing it of its last 40 kilometers.

The "public zone" planned at km 184,91 has therefore been removed.

07:00
STAGE 4: FIAMBALA -- COPIAPO

With 629 km on the menu for the 4th stage, the competitors will cross the Andes Mountains and the border between Argentina and Chile at an altitude of more than 4000 m, before heading towards the Atacama Desert to dispute a 203-km long special stage... All the competitors will be confronted with a short but technical timed section including a quick first part followed by more than 100 km of sand and dunes. This could lead to some big gaps amongst the professional riders. It will also be the last opportunity for most of the competitors to adjust their settings for sand before really getting to grips with the most arid desert in the world.

-source: aso

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Series Dakar
Drivers Robby Gordon , Carlos Sainz , Stéphane Peterhansel , Cyril Despres , Marc Coma , Nasser Al-Attiyah , Vladimir Chagin , Firdaus Kabirov , David Casteu , Paulo Goncalves , Helder Rodrigues , Ilgizar Mardeev , Nicolas Gibon , Josef Machacek , Marcos Patronelli , Alejandro Patronelli , Sebastian Halpern