Dakar 2018, stage 4: Loeb wins, Al-Attiyah is sinking


The fourth stage the Dakar has exponentially increased the hardness of the test, perhaps to levels never seen in South america, and with this increased difficulty several riders pointers have made waters. has Not been the case of Sebastien Loeb after finishing his first stage victory ahead of Carlos Sainz and Stéphane Peterhansel. On the opposite side of the coin, Cyril Despres has lost any option after booting a wheel of your Peugeot 3008 DKR Maxi. With two flat tires, no spare wheel, and after being stuck in the sand, Nasser Al-Attiyah has given 54 minutes.


The participants of the category of cars took the start in groups of four, in this occasion playing in favour of Sébastien Loeb to go out on the second turn and be able to cast to the hunting of Peterhansel, Despres, Al-Attiyah and cyril Despres, the first four riders out of the special. However, beyond the time won by the nine times champion of the WRC or the lost time by Carlos Sainz, off the hook of the front group, were the guns that defined the route of the last part of the special those who put the race upside down.

Cyril Despres was the first victim of the race after starting, the rear right wheel of your Peugeot 3008 DKR Maxi and damage the suspension. The five times winner of the Dakar on bikes are forced to wait for the assistance truck to try and fix his buggy, losing any option to fight for the ‘Touareg’. Shortly after, Nasser Al-Attiyah accused of a double prick, which forced him to slow down by not having spare wheel. However, the qatari is trapped in the sand, to the pair that his teammate Giniel de Villiers also stopped. Emiliano Spataro with the Renault Duster completed the payroll of pilots with problems.

Without opposition, Sébastien Loeb scored the win with a time of 3:57:53 pm hours, registration with the above by 1:35 minutes to Carlos Sainz, and in 3:16 minutes the leader Stéphane Peterhansel, in a new hat-trick for the Peugeot team. In another league, Mikko Hirvonen got the fourth-best time, with 34 minutes lost, whereas the fifth position was occupied by the Italian Eugenio Amos, in a new great performance with the SMG buggy. After his particular way of the cross, Nasser Al-Attiyah conceded 54:21 minutes, while Giniel de Villiers lost 1:13:40 hours. Both results have done a good 40 minutes passed by Lucio Alvarez and Bernhard Ten Brinke.