Stephane Peterhansel is now second within the general standings at this yr’s Dakar Rally, after the fourth stage of the occasion. The groups needed to journey from Arequipa to Tacna in southern Peru, protecting 406-km within the course of and the Peterhansel-Castera group managed to cross the end line second of their MINI JCW Buggy, simply behind the present general chief, Nasser Al-Attiyah and his Toyota.
The subsequent finest positioned MINI group was the Sainz-Cruz duo, who managed to cross the road seventh, after the dangerous luck they encountered on the earlier phases. Cyril Despres and Jean-Paul Cottret got here in eight, simply behind Sainz. General, Stephan Peterhansel and David Castera at the moment are second, simply behind the first-placed Toyota, as issues are heating up for the remaining phases. This stage was a particular one, the place no outdoors technical help was allowed.
That proved to be fairly unlucky for Sebastian Loeb, the previous WRC champion having to cope with three punctures, shedding beneficial time. Nonetheless, the nine-time world rally champion and his privately-entered Peugeot at the moment are sixth, behind a plethora of MINI fashions, from Peterhansel in second, to Saudi Arabia’s Yazeed Al-Rajhi who fell to fifth place. The race is heating up and everyone seems to be now doing their finest to complete each stage within the first place, after which publish the very best time.
The subsequent stage will see the groups from Tacna to Arequipa over a 714-kilometer lengthy stretch, 450 of which might be a particular stage. Peterhansel might be seeking to get well a while in his battle with Al-Attiyah, and he’ll be utilizing his fortunate bandana to take action. Few individuals know however Peterhansel remains to be protecting his fortunate bandana with him, the one he utilized in his first Dakar Rally again in 1991. Again then it was used to guard his again from sand, whereas he was on the bike within the desert however Stephan nonetheless has it to at the present time and retains it with him for good luck.
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