Dakar 2020: Peterhansel wins stage four, Alonso loses more time

Valentin Khorounzhiy
Peterhansel wins Dakar stage four, Alonso loses time
Peterhansel wins Dakar stage four, Alonso loses time

Stephane Peterhansel became the fourth different driver to top a stage in the 2020 Dakar Rally, as Nasser Al-Attiyah halved the gap to leader Carlos Sainz.

Wednesday's Neom - Al-'Ula stage included the marathon's longest timed test so far at 281 miles, which was split by an 80km neutralised zone, and was completed by Peterhansel in just over four hours.

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The 13-time Dakar champion was sixth in the starting order, but his X-raid Mini buggy was the third car to arrive at the finish line and he clocked the fastest time at all but the first waypoint.

Sainz looked on course to minimise the damage from having to open the road, but gave up over four minutes in the final 60 miles of the test.

This means Toyota driver Al-Attiyah, who had started the day as Sainz's closest rival and was a close second to Peterhansel through the stage, now trails the leader by just three minutes.

Al-Attiyah had received a three-minute penalty after Tuesday's stage as he was adjudged to have impeded Sainz.

The Wednesday stage win has elevated Peterhansel to third place overall behind his two fellow Dakar champions, with his gains coming at the expense of Mini driver Orlando Terranova and Toyota's Yazeed Al-Rajhi.

Al-Rajhi had been fastest at the opening waypoint but ended the stage 11m30s off Peterhansel's pace.

Yet this was enough for Al-Rajhi to overhaul Terranova by three seconds in the general classification.

Dakar 2020's surprise package - Mathieu Serradori - continued to keep the pace in his Century buggy, finishing fifth on the day and retaining sixth place overall.

He outpaced Al-Attiyah's Toyota Gazoo team-mates Giniel de Villiers and Bernhard ten Brinke, who make up the top eight in the standings.

Double Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso, who had entered the day 32nd overall after lengthy damage repairs on Monday, finished 26 minutes off the pace in his Toyota.

Elsewhere, Erik van Loon rolled and a lengthy stoppage for two-time champion Nani Roma, who is contesting his first Dakar with German marque Borgrward.

Leading stage four times

Pos

Class

Driver

Team

Car

Gap

1

C

Stephane Peterhansel

Bahrain JCW X-Raid Team

Mini/BMW

4h04m34.s

2

C

Nasser Al-Attiyah

Toyota Gazoo Racing

Toyota

2m26.s

3

C

Carlos Sainz

Bahrain JCW X-Raid Team

Mini/BMW

7m18.s

4

C

Yazeed Al-Rajhi

Overdrive Toyota

Toyota

11m30.s

5

C

Mathieu Serradori

SRT Racing

Century/?

13m17.s

6

C

Giniel de Villiers

Toyota Gazoo Racing

Toyota

18m16.s

7

C

Bernhard Ten Brinke

Toyota Gazoo Racing

Toyota

18m35.s

8

C

Jakub Przygonski

Orlen X-Raid Team

Mini/BMW

19m23.s

9

C

Orlando Terranova

X-Raid Team

Mini/BMW

22m22.s

10

C

Pierre Lachaume

PH-Sport

Peugeot

22m53.s

Overall classification

Pos

Class

Driver

Team

Car

Gap

1

C

Carlos Sainz

Bahrain JCW X-Raid Team

Mini/BMW

15h12m12.s

2

C

Nasser Al-Attiyah

Toyota Gazoo Racing

Toyota

3m03.s

3

C

Stephane Peterhansel

Bahrain JCW X-Raid Team

Mini/BMW

11m42.s

4

C

Yazeed Al-Rajhi

Overdrive Toyota

Toyota

23m10.s

5

C

Orlando Terranova

X-Raid Team

Mini/BMW

23m13.s

6

C

Mathieu Serradori

SRT Racing

Century/?

26m55.s

7

C

Giniel de Villiers

Toyota Gazoo Racing

Toyota

34m40.s

8

C

Bernhard Ten Brinke

Toyota Gazoo Racing

Toyota

44m40.s

9

C

Martin Prokop

MP Sports

Ford

1h09m41.s

10

C

Yasir Saeidan

Race World Team

Mini/BMW

1h30m25.s

11

C

Benediktas Vanagas

General Financing Team Pitlane

Toyota

1h35m19.s

12

C

Ronan Chabot

Overdrive Toyota

Toyota

1h41m55.s

13

C

Pierre Lachaume

PH-Sport

Peugeot

1h59m41.s

14

C

Wei Han

Geely Auto Shell Lubricant Team

Hanwei/Geely

2h00m32.s

15

C

Denis Krotov

MSK Rally Team

Mini/BMW

2h11m17.s

16

C

Fernando Alonso

Toyota Gazoo Racing

Toyota

2h59m27.s

17

C

Jakub Przygonski

Orlen X-Raid Team

Mini/BMW

6h33m56.s

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