#Dakar2015, Day 4 - Chilecito, Argentina to Copiapo, Chile

Bikes, Quads & Cars



Trucks route
Today on day 4, the 2015 edition Dakar progresses from Chilecito, Argentina and culminates at Copiapo, Chile crossing the international border. It begins with a long transport of 594 km, climbing to an altitude of 4800 meters.

The special stage initially starts with a gradual undulating roads through mining are, to finally tackle the dunes of Atacama desert. It is going to be a tricky one, as the 315 km of specials in the later pasrt of the desert, which is wide and open and demands good navigating skills. It would be a little bit shorter course for the trucks, as they take a short cut early, only to rejoin the stage later at the sandy Atacama.


Atacama dunes
Among bikers, Joan Barreda Bort on his Honda 450 Rally won the stage, 1m59s ahead of the defending champion Marc Coma on his KTM 450 Rally Replica. Chilean Pablo Quintanilla finished third quickest with his best 2m49s to the stage winner.

Indian champ, Santosh Chunchunguppe Shivashankar finished 57 quickest with a stage time of 4h22m42s, 55m14s adrift the stage winner, on his KTM 450 Rally Replica.

Top 5 Bikes, Stage 4

Pos.  N°  NameMarkTimeDifferencePenalty
12BARREDA BORT (ESP)  HONDA  03:27:28  - -
21COMA (ESP)KTM03:29:2700:01:59-
331QUINTANILLA (CHL)KTM03:30:1700:02:49-
44VILADOMS (ESP)KTM03:38:1200:10:44-
511FARIA (PRT)KTM03:38:2300:10:55-
5759SANTOSH C S (IND)KTM04:22:4200:55:14-

Joan Barreda Bort holds onto the top spot with over 12minutes lead over defending champ Marc Coma, as Paulo Goncalves retains his third overall spot.



Overall Top 5, Bikes after Stage 4


Pos.  N°  NameMarkTimeDifferencePenalty
12BARREDA BORT (ESP)  HONDA  13:10:33  - -
21COMA (ESP)KTM13:23:2200:12:49-
37GONCALVES (PRT)HONDA13:31:0200:20:29-
411FARIA (PRT)KTM13:33:3800:23:05-
54VILADOMS (ESP)KTM13:35:2400:24:51-
5059SANTOSH C S (IND)KTM16:44:1203:33:39-


Ignacio Nicolas Casale
Rafal Sonik takes another stage victory on his Yamaha quad, Ignacio Nicolas Casale finished 3m26s below the Polish, Qatari Abu-Issa takes a close 3rd spot, 40secs ahead of Uruguayan Lafuente.

Overall top 3 are held by Rafal Sonik despite his 15min total penalty, Lafuente and Casale.

Top 5 Quads, Stage 4

Pos.  NameMarkTimeDifferencePenalty
1251  SONIK (POL)YAMAHA04:11:35- -
2250CASALE (CHL)YAMAHA04:15:0100:03:26-
3253ABU-ISSA (QAT)HONDA04:24:4900:13:14-
4252LAFUENTE (URY)YAMAHA04:25:2900:13:54-
5261GONZALEZ FERIOLI (ARG)  YAMAHA  04:32:43  00:21:08-

Overall Top 5, Quads after Stage 4

Pos.  NameMarkTimeDifferencePenalty
1251  SONIK (POL)YAMAHA16:04:55- 00:15:00
2252LAFUENTE (URY)  YAMAHA  16:08:44  00:03:49-
3250CASALE (CHL)YAMAHA16:18:2700:13:3200:20:00
4253ABU-ISSA (QAT)HONDA16:24:4200:19:47-
5272COPETTI (ARG)YAMAHA17:08:1501:03:20-


Nasser Al-attiyah
Nasser Al-Attiyah wins another stage, while his Nani Roma finishes quickly behind with 2m40s, driving their Mini. Toyota Hilux driver, Giniel De Villiers finishes quickly 17secs to Roma. Yazeed Al-Rajhi and Stephane Peterhansel, on 4th and 5th positions.

Nasser holds the top spot with over 8 minutes to De Villiers, provisionally Al-Rajhi in third overall.

Top 5 Cars, Stage 4

Pos.  NameMarkTimevariationPenalty

1

301  AL-ATTIYAH (QAT)
BAUMEL (FRA)
MINI03:09:18- -

2

300ROMA (ESP)
PERIN (FRA)
MINI03:11:5800:02:40-

3

303DE VILLIERS (ZAF)
VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU) 
TOYOTA03:12:15  00:02:57-

4

325ALRAJHI (SAU)
GOTTSCHALK (DEU)
TOYOTA03:12:4300:03:25-

5

302PETERHANSEL (FRA)
COTTRET (FRA)
PEUGEOT03:15:0600:05:48-


Overall Top 5, Cars after Stage 4

Pos.  NameMarkTimeDifferencePenalty
1301  AL-ATTIYAH (QAT)
BAUMEL (FRA)
MINI12:30:44- 00:02:00
2303DE VILLIERS (ZAF)
VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU) 
TOYOTA  12:38:59  00:08:15-
3325ALRAJHI (SAU)
GOTTSCHALK (DEU)
TOYOTA12:54:1700:23:33-
4315TEN BRINKE (NLD)
COLSOUL (BEL)
TOYOTA13:13:1600:42:32-
5314VAN LOON (NLD)
ROSEGAAR (NLD)
MINI13:15:5800:45:14-


Airat Mardeev
It was Kamaz day for trucks competition, as Andrey Karginov won the stage, while his team-mates,Eduard Nikolaev was second only by 3 seconds, and Airat Mardeev finished third by 6m3s. Ales Loprais driving his Man was 4th quickest, and Iveco driver Hans Stacey finishes in 5th position.

Again it is Kamaz drivers Mardeev, Karginov and Nikolaev who are in top 3 overall in the order, all within 2 minutes of competition after day 4. An impressive performance for a record.

Top 4 Trucks, Stage 4

Pos.  NameMarkTimeDifferencePenalty
1500  KARGINOV (RUS)
MOKEEV (RUS)
LEONOV (RUS)
KAMAZ02:06:51- -
2502NIKOLAEV (RUS)
YAKOVLEV (RUS)
AKHMADEEV (RUS)
KAMAZ02:06:5400:00:03-
3507MARDEEV (RUS)
BELYAEV (RUS)
SVISTUNOV (RUS)
KAMAZ  02:13:04  00:06:13-
4503LOPRAIS (CZE)
MARCO ALCAYNA (ESP) 
VAN DER VAET (BEL)
MAN02:17:5100:11:00-


Overall Top 4, Trucks after Stage 4

Pos.  NameMarkTimeDifferencePenalty
1507  MARDEEV (RUS)
BELYAEV (RUS)
SVISTUNOV (RUS)
KAMAZ10:39:26- -
2500KARGINOV (RUS)
MOKEEV (RUS)
LEONOV (RUS)
KAMAZ10:41:1100:01:45-
3502NIKOLAEV (RUS)
YAKOVLEV (RUS)
AKHMADEEV (RUS)
KAMAZ  10:41:23  00:01:57-
4503LOPRAIS (CZE)
MARCO ALCAYNA (ESP) 
VAN DER VAET (BEL)
MAN10:52:0800:12:42-

*Trucks and Cars results shown here are provisional, at the moment.



MOTO+QUAD+CAR+TRUCK Route map
Tomorrow, Day 5 moves the action north bound along the fesh-fesh roads to Antofagasta, from Capiapo. This is the first of the rare special stages in which all categories will compete.

Stage's vertical profile for Day 5
At the start of the race, the most confident drivers will be able to take advantage of the fast tracks to try to move up in the overall standings. But the temptation to do so may be risky, particularly in the hard-to-handle fesh-fesh areas where absolute self-control is the only guarantee of success. Overtaking here requires precision handling to the extreme.

Surviving the stage needs a lot of luck, skill and truck loads of will-power, which even the truckers are dreadful! Until tomorrow, good night..

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