Dakar


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303 - CARLOS SAINZ

Everyone made the same mistake

At the beginning we had to drive in the dust, but little by little we managed to overtake several cars. We also got a bit lucky when, about 10 km before the finish, our power steering broke down in a narrow spot amid all the vegetation, but we easily made it to the finish all the same. In the second part there was a waypoint where we went right, but after a while we realised it had to be on the other side, so we headed left and we found it. No big deal, I think everyone made the same mistake.

 

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300 - STEPHANE PETERHANSEL

We went the right way from the beginning

Things didn't start very well this morning. We had a flat tyre after 30 km! Not the best way to start the day. So we decided to set a consistent pace to try and avoid making mistakes. Towards the end, there was a waypoint that was quite hard to find, but we went the right way from the beginning by U-turning to look in the right direction, which helped us not to lose too much time. And, in the end, we did quite well.

 

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301 - NASSER AL-ATTIYAH

Happy with our performance

I'm quite happy because the only real mistake we made was following the other Minis in front, which must have cost us about 5 minutes before we decided to turn around and take the right direction. We also had a flat tyre. However, I think it was a rather good day overall and I'm happy with our performance.

 

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302 - GINIEL DE VILLIERS

Today was a matter of surviving

It was a good day, but we had too many mechanicals! Once again, we had trouble with the power steering! The first part of the special went quite smoothly, but after 100 km in the second part we started to have problems with the steering power and we had to stop. In all honesty, I was quite amazed at our advantage over Sainz and Peterhansel, but it quickly melted away as we spent almost 15 minutes doing repairs. When we got going, we still had an oil leak in the pump of the power steering. We had to stop another four or five times to refill it with all the oil we had, but it wasn't enough. In the end, we were lucky a spectator gave us some oil to get going again, or we'd still be there. So, all in all, today was a matter of surviving...

 

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330 - FEDERICO VILLAGRA

No mistakes

We had a good special without any particular problems apart from a few little navigation mistakes, but nothing really important. We set a decent pace and we even had some trouble with traffic and with Gordon's dust, but we managed to overtake him. So yes, a really good day, no mistakes, I'm happy!

 

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304 - NANI ROMA

We spent the entire day in front

"I'm very, very happy. Today's stage was difficult to navigate. We spent the entire day in front. The others must have gained lots of time on us because of this, but that's the way it is, I'm happy to be here and tomorrow will be another day."

 



 

Stage report

The Despres Disaster and the Sainz Show

Stage 4 of the 2014 Dakar saw Juan Pedrero take his maiden win at the end of a special which dealt Cyril Despres' prospects a severe blow. The Frenchman slipped down the general classification after conceding over 40 minutes to his rivals. Carlos Sainz, who turned the race on its head after spending the entire stage on the attack, grabbed the win and... [more]








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