Peruvian part of the route of the rally-marathon “Dakar-2018” every day confirms its complexity and insidious. In the fourth stage, the list of favorites to win the overall ranking decreased by a few names.
Mass start on a beautiful sandy shore, over a hundred kilometres of dunes of all possible sizes and treacherous canyons on the final straight – in such conditions was the fourth stage, which brought a number of surprises, pleasant and not very…
Adrien van Beveren probably couldn’t even dream about more. Before the start of the fourth day the leader of the factory team Yamaha was seventh in the standings of the motorcycle category, and after the finish has moved into first! The French rider won a landslide victory, ahead by five minutes of closest pursuer, teammate Xavier de Soltre and seven minutes ahead of the third Matthias Walkner, which, after a descent of defending champion Sam Sunderland is the main hope KTM.
In the category of SUVs triple victory was celebrated by Peugeot. Sebastien Loeb for the first time in “Dakar-2018” came first to the finish line. The leader of the General classification Stephane Peterhansel was third, and between the two French wedged Carlos Sainz. Main rival Armada Peugeot Nasser al-Attiyah again, as the two phases previously encountered problems. Despite all his experience, the Qatari stuck twice in the dunes and lost an hour.
In the Quad class on the fourth day, finally someone managed to oust Ignacio Casale from the first line. Current winner Sergey Karjakin celebrated his first success on the special stages of the “Dakar” in 2018. But to play a lot of time at the leader standings did not work – Casale finished second with a gap of 43 seconds.
Another success story is the fourth stage for the current winner in the truck category, Eduard Nikolaev. The leader of “KAMAZ-Master” on 27 minutes ahead of the nearest rival Federico Villagra at Iveco, again increasing the advantage in the General classification to 36 minutes.
Called at the last moment to replace the injured Paulo Gonçalves in the factory Honda team, Jose Ignacio Cornejo lives up to its expectations. Young Chilean racer, which made its debut at the Dakar in 2016, rose to seventh place in the overall standings after seventh great result at the finish in San Juan de Marcon and his second hit in the top 10 on the stages of the main rally-RAID of the planet.
Cyril despres was not able to support triple success for Peugeot, smashing the rear suspension of his car when hitting a stone. Five-time winner in the category of motorcycles is difficult to explain the error on the site, which was not the most difficult route of the day. But whatever it was, the blow to the chances in the overall standings, the Frenchman got very heavy. To repair the damage yourself despres failed and I had to wait until come to the aid of the crew of assistance.
Sebastien Loeb has already won the tenth victory at stages “Dakar”, despite the fact that he is only the third year. This once again emphasizes the desire of the legends classic rally to success. Given that SEB doesn’t really like dune, its best performance at the current rally is yet to come, when will start speed runs.
Sebastien Loeb: “We didn’t want to win because it would mean first place in the start list in the next step, but to give time for the opponents was not. We are a bit destabilized the problems despres and al attii. However, we just continued to do what they should. I had to look for a checkpoint, but then I was able to attack, as the terrain became more predictable: either the dunes or straight. Good day for us, can not be said about our opponents. If stuck he al-Attiyah, the others must be even harder”.
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