LIMA, Peru — Driver Nasser Al-Attiyah and rider Ricky Brabec dominated the fourth stage of the Dakar Rally on Thursday to lead their classes total.
Al-Attiyah strengthened his lead to almost 9 minutes over Stephane Peterhansel after outdueling the Frenchman by almost 2 minutes on the break up 351-kilometer (218-mile) route of valleys and fesh-fesh — nice mud — between Arequipa and Tacna.
“It was crucial to catch Stephane and stick with him all the way in which,” Al-Attiyah mentioned.
Three a long time of racing the world’s hardest rally helped Peterhansel endure the fesh-fesh.
“It is like powder, it goes contained in the automobile and you’ll’t see something,” he mentioned.
He noticed sufficient to be the one driver inside 20 minutes of the Qatari chief total.
Nani Roma was almost 21 minutes again in third, adopted by Jakub Przygonski (22 minutes), Yazeed Al Rajhi (almost 25 minutes) and Sebastien Loeb (50 minutes), who suffered three punctures and got here to the end on a punctured tire.
Because it was a marathon stage, drivers have been unable to obtain help or repairs from their crews. That meant Al Rajhi, second total in a single day, suffered when he had to cease close to the top. Former champion Giniel de Villiers additionally misplaced extra time when he stopped to assist the broken Toyota of teammate Bernhard Ten Brinke.
After shedding his means Wednesday, Brabec rode the fourth stage to perfection and elevated his hole to the motorcycle discipline the longer the stage went.
By the end in Tacna, the American was 6 minutes forward of defending champion Matthias Walkner and was the brand new total chief.
Pablo Quintanilla began the day as the general chief by a cushty 11 minutes, however misplaced all of it to path Brabec by 2 minutes in second.
Toby Worth was third, 4 minutes down, and Sam Sunderland proper behind him after a fall.
Walkner, 21 minutes off the tempo Wednesday, improved to 9 minutes again with six phases to go.