Tacna, Peru,

Al Attiyah/Baumel extend lead in Peru, while TOYOTA GAZOO Racing SA teammates lose more time

· 1st on stage 4 for Al Attiyah / Baumel

· Al Attiyah / Baumel extend their lead to nearly nine minutes

· Trouble for Ten Brinke / Panseri

· More time lost by De Villiers / Von Zitzewitz, assisting Ten Brinke

The Marathon Stage of the 2019 Dakar Rally, Stage 4, brought mixed results for Toyota Gazoo Racing SA. At the head of the field, race leaders Nasser Al Attiyah (Qatar) and French navigator Mathieu Baumel extended their lead to 08:55 by winning the 405 km-long stage. But there was heartache for Dutch driver Bernhard ten Brinke and navigator Xavier Panseri, after they lost 02:56:02 on the day.

For Al Attiyah / Baumel, the day could hardly have gone better. The pair started as the second car on the road, behind the winner of Stage 3, Stephane Peterhansel (MINI). The Toyota Gazoo Racing SA crew pushed throughout the stage, steadily increasing their lead to finish 01:52 clear of the MINI crew. This means that Al Attiyah / Baumel is now nearly nine minutes clear of Peterhansel at the head of the field.

“We had a perfectly clean run today,” said the Toyota Hilux driver after exiting the stage. “The car ran like clockwork, we have no damage and we’re looking forward to tomorrow’s stage, which will take us back to the service crews in Arequipa.”

Stage 4 was the first part of the marathon section of this year’s Dakar Rally, which means that the crews have no technical support at the bivouac in Tacna. Any repairs have to be done by the crews themselves, using only tools and equipment they carried with them in the car. For Al Attiyah / Baumel, their clean run on Stage 4 meant an easy evening in Tacna, before preparing for the return leg back to Arequipa for Stage 5.

It wasn’t plain sailing for the entire team, however, as Dutch driver Bernhard ten Brinke and French navigator Xavier Panseri lost a mass of time near the start of the stage. The pair struck a rock in thick dust, severely damaging the left rear wheel of their car. They stopped to make running repairs, and eventually got going again, but they lost nearly three hours in the process.

Teammates Giniel de Villiers and navigator Dirk von Zitzewitz, who started the day as the 25th car on the road, stopped to assist the stricken #309, but after working for more than an hour to remove the damaged parts, they left Ten Brinke / Panseri to complete the repairs, and continued with the stage. They posted competitive times for the rest of the special, but lost more time in the overall standings due to their stop.

Stage 5 will see the crews return to the bivouac at Arequipa on a near-reciprocal route, before taking a much-deserved break on January 12th. After the rest day, the race heads back towards the Peruvian capital of Lima, where the 41st Dakar Rally comes to a close on January 17th.




Al Attiyah / Baumel (TOYOTA HILUX)

2. Peterhansel / Castera (MINI) :01:52
3. Przygonski / Colsoul (MINI) +08:32
4. Roma / Haro (MINI) +08:49
5. Loeb / Elena (Peugeot) +12:23
6. Al Rajhi / Gottschalk (MINI) +18:11
7. Sainz / Cruz (MINI) +24:44
8. Despres / Cottret (MINI) +25:51
9. Garafulic / Palmeiro (MINI) +32:33
10. Hunt / Rosegaar (Peugeot)





Al Attiyah / Baumel (TOYOTA HILUX)

2. Peterhansel / Cottret +08:55
3. Roma / Haro (MINI) +20:51
4. Przygonski / Colsoul (MINI) +22:17
5. Al Rajhi / Gottschalk (MINI) +24:59
6. Loeb / Elena (Peugeot) +50:22
7. Despres / Cottret (MINI) +50:31
8. Domzala / Marton (TOYOTA) +01:28:37
9. Garafulic / Palmeiro (MINI) +01:35:52
10. Hunt / Rosegaar (Peugeot) +01:37:37


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