Robby Gordon has been struggling during the first couple stages of this year’s Dakar, but during today’s Stage 4 he made up some time and finished 10th. The course conditions have been under par with the storm that canceled the first stage, and drivers have been paying for it since.
Sheldon Creed also had a good stage finishing 17th. The star of the stage was Stephane Peterhansel, who came across the finish line in a time of 3:42:42. “It’s very good news. Our engines have been fine-tuned to work much better at altitude this year,” Peterhansel mentioned after completing the stage.
He continued, “The car’s well balanced. It’s the first Dakar stage I have won for Peugeot, it’s nice. We worked hard all year, but aren’t too proud yet because we know we weren’t able to carry out all the tests we wanted, and it’s just the third day of racing. We had a good stage, with no navigational mistakes and a high pace from the beginning. Our work is paying off.”
Nasser Al-Attiyah dealt with the onslaught of Peugeot during this stage. “It ain’t easy. I did my best to attack, but you just can’t keep up with the Peugeots. You had to be careful, it’s a marathon stage and you can’t change anything apart from the tyres. You can wash the car, but you can’t make mistakes… I tried to, but there was no way I could follow Seb. His car is really fast,” Al-Attiyah explained.
Peugeot drivers finished 1-2-3 during today’s stage with Peterhansel winning and teammates Carlos Sainz and Sébastien Loeb finishing second and third. We will see if Gordon and Creed can continue to move up the leader board in tomorrows stage.