Stage 4 Jacobacci to Neuquen notes

Stage 4 Tuesday 6 January 2009 Jacobacci to Neuquen Connection 4 km Special 459 km Connection 25 km Times given in G.M.T. -3 15:21 - Car Summary of stage 4 Pending validation of the results, Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW) picked up his 2nd...

Stage 4
Tuesday 6 January 2009
Jacobacci to Neuquen

Connection 4 km
Special 459 km
Connection 25 km

Times given in G.M.T. -3

15:21 - Car
Summary of stage 4

Pending validation of the results, Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW) picked up his 2nd stage victory of the rally, his 11th on the Dakar, 6 short seconds only in front of his main rival since the start of the event, Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (BMW), and 2.24 in front of Frenchman Luc Alphand (Mitsubishi). In the general standings, the VW-BMW duel continues: "El Matador" Sainz holds onto the lead and is now 3.46 ahead of the Qatari. The Wolfsburg based constructor has two Touaregs on the provisional podium, because 3rd place is still occupied by South African Giniel De Villiers (VW), now 11.33 behind Sainz. In the Open category, Robby Gordon (Hummer) pulled off another stage victory, with the day's 10th best time. Lastly, in the Production category, once again the category leader in the general standings, Japan's Jun Mitsuhashi (Toyota), was victorious.

15:19 - Truck
Summary of stage 4

Pending validation of the results, Dutchman Gerard de Rooy (Ginaf) picked up his 2nd stage victory of this 31st Dakar, 46" ahead of five times winner of the Dakar, Russian Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz), and 4.55 in front of "the Tsar's" team-mate and countryman Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz). As a result, in the general standings, Gerard De Rooy (Ginaf) is still in the lead ahead of the three Kamaz trucks belonging to Russia's Chagin, 2nd placed 10.14 behind, Kabirov, 3rd placed 12.41 behind, and Mardeev, 4th placed 46.58 behind.

15:18 - Bike
Summary of stage 4

Pending validation of the results, Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM) picked up his 3rd stage victory and 7th on the Dakar by finishing this 4th day 1.17 ahead of Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM), who rode an excellent race having started in 48th place this morning. 3rd place went to American Jonah Street (KTM). As a result, in the general standings, Coma now has a lead of 42.57 over Street, the new 2nd placed rider and leader of the marathon category, and 43.42 over Frenchman David Fretigne (Yamaha), 3rd placed and leader of the 450cc category. As regards Cyril Despres (KTM), he is now 11th in the general standings.

15:17 - Quad
Summary of stage 4

Pending validation of the results, Spaniard Joan Manuel Gonzalez (Yamaha) won the 4th stage, his first success on the Dakar, 16.18 ahead of France's Christophe Declerck (Yamaha) and 18.59 in front of another Frenchman: Eric Carlini (Polaris). In the general standings, Christophe Declerck still holds a solid lead, 31.27 ahead of the day's winner, Gonzalez, the new 2nd placed rider, and 49.34 in front of Czech Josef Machacek (Yamaha).

14:33
Pitfall at the 316-km mark...

In the last section of the day's special, after 316 km, there is a zone of fesch-fesch, which is getting rougher and rougher as the vehicles pass over it. As a result, the last competitors to pass through are suffering physically and mechanically...

14:27 - Truck
505 - 2nd stage victory for De Rooy

Now that the first 4 trucks have finished this 4th special stage, the leader of the general standings, Dutchman Gerard De Rooy (Ginaf) has triumphed, 46" ahead of Russian Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) and 4.55 in front of "the Tsar's" team-mate and countryman Kabirov (Kamaz).

13:33 - Quad
254 - Now it's Gonzalez's turn

With the first three quads having finished this 4th special stage, Spaniard Joan Manuel Gonzalez (Yamaha) came first, winning his first special stage in the event, 16.18 ahead of Frenchman Christophe Declerck (Yamaha), who, nonetheless, is still leader of the general standings.

13:27 - Car
303 - Provisional 3rd place for Alphand

Now that the first 10 cars have finished this 4th special stage, Frenchman Luc Alphand (Mitsubishi) came home in 3rd position, 1.17 behind the day's winner, Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW).

13:22 - Truck
505 - De Rooy opens up the lead...

Now that the first 10 trucks have completed 290 km of the day's special stage, Dutchman Gerard De Rooy (Ginaf) leads, 1.53 ahead of Russian Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz) and 2.24 in front of "the Tsar's" team-mate and countryman Kabirov (Kamaz).

13:07 - Car
301 - Probable 2nd special stage victory for Sainz

With the first two cars now at the finishing line of the day's special stage, Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW) has grabbed his 2nd special stage win of the rally and his 11th on the Dakar, but only 6 short seconds ahead of Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (BMW).

12:57 - Bike
7 - Engine problem for Marchini

Having suffered engine problems after 190 km of the special stage, Corsican Michel Marchini (Yamaha), 7th in the general standings this morning, is trying to get to the bivouac site at Neuquen with the help of the local population.

12:32 - Truck
505 - De Rooy regains the lead

Now that the first 4 trucks have completed 232 km of the day's special stage, Dutchman Gerard De Rooy (Ginaf) is once again in the lead, in front of the three Kamaz of Russians Kabirov, 1.15 behind, Chagin, 2.09 behind, and Mardeev, 2.29 behind.

12:26 - Car
329 - Szalay breaks his steering

On a particularly tricky special stage with lots of stones on the tracks, the mechanics of the vehicles are really suffering, especially and unfortunately for Balazs Szalay (Opel). He has broken his steering column after 186 km of the special stage. The Hungarian is now waiting for assistance. Same scenario for Matteo Marzotto (Nissan), this time after 208 km. The Italian is attempting to repair and set back off again as quickly as possible.

12:18 - Car
301 - Sainz still leads after 290 km

Now that the first 7 cars have completed 290 km of the day's special stage, Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW) still heads the race, with leads of 1.42 and 2.33 respectively over the BMWs of Nasser Al-Attiyah, now 2nd again, and Argentine Orlando Terranova, who is in 3rd place.

12:06 - Quad
254 - Declerck loses almost 10 minutes...

Now that the first 3 quads have completed 290 km of the day's special stage, Spaniard Joan Manuel Gonzalez (Yamaha) has taken back the lead, 9.04 ahead of the leader of the general standings, Frenchman Christophe Declerck (Yamaha) and 10.13 in front of Frenchman Eric Carlini (Polaris).

11:51 - Bike
1 - Provisional 2nd place for Despres!

Now that the first 13 bikes have finished the day's special stage, Frenchman Francais Cyril Despres (KTM), who started 48th this morning, has picked up the 2nd best time of the day, 1.17 behind the probable winner of the day and leader of the general standings, Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM).

11:43 - Quad
258 - Declerck takes control

Now that the first 8 quads have completed 232 km of the day's special stage, the leader of the general standings, Frenchman Christophe Declerck (Yamaha) is in the lead, 49" ahead of Spain's Gonzalez (Yamaha) and 2.24 in front of Holland's Brusselers (Bombardier).

11:39 - Bike
26 - Street is in provisional 2nd place

Now that the first six bikes have finished this fourth special stage, American Jonah Street (KTM) is in 2nd position, 1.21 behind the provisional winner Marc Coma (KTM), but 4.31 in front of Frenchman David Fretigne (Yamaha), who is in 3rd place.

11:32 - Truck
506 - An almighty struggle...

With the first 5 trucks through CP1, after 148 km of the day's special, Russian Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz) leads, but only by a second from the leader of the general standings, Dutchman Gerard De Rooy (Ginaf), and by 15" ahead of his team-mate and countryman Ilgizar Mardeev (Kamaz).

11:31 - Bike
2 - Coma is the provisional winner of the 4th stage

Now that the first three bikes have finished the day's special stage, the leader of the general standings, Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM), boasted a lead of 8.40 over his team-mate and countryman Jordi Viladoms (KTM).

11:26 - Truck
505 - De Rooy leads after 102 km

Now that the first 15 trucks have completed 102 km of the day's special, the leader of the general standings, Dutchman Gerard De Rooy (Ginaf) is in the lead, 15" ahead of yesterday's winner, Russian Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz), and 1.15 in front of Russian Firdaus Kabirov (Kamaz).

11:20 - Car
301 - Sainz still leads after 175 km

Now that the first 13 cars have completed 175 km of the day's special, Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW) has a lead of 54" over the stage's local boy Orlando Terranova (BMW) and 1.17 over Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (BMW), in 3rd place.

10:51 - Car
315 - 2nd best time for Terranova at CP1

With the first 8 cars through CP1, Argentinean Orlando Terranova (BMW) is now in second place, 43" behind the leader on the day and in the general standings, Spain's Carlos Sainz (VW), but 16" ahead of his team-mate Qatari Al-Attiyah (BMW), now placed 3rd.

10:40 - Car
301 - Sainz opens up a gap

With the first two cars through CP1, after 148 km of the day's special stage, Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW) boasts a lead of 1.09 over Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (BMW)...

10:35 - Car
315 - Terranova 3rd after 102 km

Now that the first 13 cars have completed 102 km of the special, Argentine Orlando Terranova (BMW) is in third place, 22" behind the leader Carlos Sainz, but 40" ahead of American Robby Gordon and his Hummer, who is now in 4th position.

10:15 - Car
301 - Just seconds between Sainz and Al-Attiyah!

Now that the first 5 cars have completed 102 km of the day's special, it is now Spain's Sainz (VW) who leads, but this time only a second in front of Al-Attiyah (BMW)! 3rd-placed provisionally is South African Giniel de Villiers (VW), 1.17 behind the leader.

10:10 - Bike
2 - Coma provisionally leads after 232 km

Now that the first 15 bikes have completed 232 km of the day's special stage, Marc Coma (KTM) still leads the race, 1.34 ahead of American Street (KTM) and 2.23 in front of David Casteu (KTM).

10:00 - Quad
254 - Gonzalez in the lead at CP1

With the first 6 quads through CP1, Spaniard Joan Manuel Gonzalez (Yamaha) leads, 2.45 ahead of Dutchman Alex Brusselers (Bombardier) and 5.07 in front of the leader of the general standings, Frenchman Christophe Declerck (Yamaha).

09:56 - Car
302 - Al Attiyah leads by a hair's breadth

Now that the firs 4 cars have completed 58 km of the day's special stage, the leader is Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (BMW), but only by one second from the leader of the general standings, Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW). The 3rd provisional time has gone to the stage's local boy, Argentine Orlando Terranova (BMW), 15 seconds behind.

09:15 - Car
302 - The cars are on their way... and the trucks!

The winner of yesterday's special, Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (BMW) kicked off proceedings in the day's special, at 09.10 as planned, and was followed 2 minutes later by the leader of the general standings, Spaniard Carlos Sainz (VW). Jus like yesterday, for this 4th stage, the cars and trucks will be setting off at the same time. As a result, the winner of the trucks special yesterday, Russia's Vladimir Chagin (Kamaz), will start in 26th position, 1 minute and two places ahead of the leader of the general standings, Dutchman Gerard De Rooy (Ginaf).

09:05 - Bike
1 - Despres 4th at CP1

Having started in 48th place this morning, Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) came through CP1 in 4th position, 1.44 behind leader Marc Coma (KTM).

08:50 - Bike
26 - Street in 2nd place at CP1

Now that the first 10 bikes have passed through CP1, American Jonah Street (KTM) is in 2nd position, 9" behind Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM) and 1.11" in front of Frenchman David Casteu (KTM).

08:47 - Bike
2 - Coma provisionally leads at CP1

Now that the first 3 bikes have made it through CP1, after 148 km of the day's special, Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM) is in the lead, 1.20 ahead of Frenchman David Casteu (KTM) and 3.42 in front of his countryman and team-mate Jordi Viladoms (KTM).

08:44
Route modification for the 4th stage!

For administrative reasons, the day's route has been modified by the organizers. As a result, the start of the 4th special stage has been put back to the 78-km mark and the finishing line is now placed to the south of the initially planned point. Therefore, the timed section is now 380-km long and CP1 is situated after 148 km of this new route.

08:17 - Bike
2 - Coma leads after 136 km

Now that the first 8 bikes have completed the first 136 km of the day's special, the leader of the general standings, Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM), is in the lead, 27" ahead of American Jonah Street (KTM) and 42" in front of France's David Casteu (KTM).

07:21
READY, STEADY, GO!

Hello and welcome. At the end of the third stage yesterday, 444 crews -- 182 bikes, 24 quads, 160 cars and 78 trucks finished the stage. The number of official withdrawals during the 3rd day was 31, bringing the total number of withdrawals for this 31st Dakar to 56... As regards the race, Spanish biker Marc Coma (KTM), yesterday's winner with a big lead in the general standings, kicked off proceedings of this special stage at 07.00 as scheduled, followed 2 minutes later by his countryman and team-mate Jordi Viladoms (KTM). The main loser of the previous day, Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) will be starting 30 minutes behind, in 48th position.

06:26
STAGE 4 : JACOBACCI -- NEUQUEN

488.48 km are on the program of stage 4 including 459.38 of timed route on the same type of terrain as yesterday. Patagonia and its pampa await the contenders for a new fast special stage that might also be treacherous with many potholes and boulders along the route too, without forgetting a few 'rio' crossings as well - the equivalent of the African 'wadis'. The participants will still have to check the wear of their tyres in this new special stage that should - again - be a follow-up to the fascinating battle for the top raging between Volkswagen, Mitsubishi and a surprising BMW.

-credit: aso

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Series Dakar
Drivers Robby Gordon , Carlos Sainz , Luc Alphand , Cyril Despres , Gerard de Rooy , Marc Coma , Nasser Al-Attiyah , David Fretigne , Vladimir Chagin , Firdaus Kabirov , David Casteu , Jordi Viladoms , Jonah Street , Ilgizar Mardeev , Balazs Szalay , Orlando Terranova , Josef Machacek , Christophe Declerck
Teams Carlin