Car news from stage 4 CP2

04.01.2012: Dakar 2012 - Argentina/Chile - Stage 4 January 4th, 2012 14:41 - car 300 - CP2: first Top 3

Dakar 2012 - Argentina/Chile - Stage 4  January 4th, 2012

14:41 - car 300 - CP2: first Top 3

Now that three cars have gone through, Nasser Al-Attiyah holds the best time at CP2. With a time of 2 h 50'53", he has a margin of 8'46" over Nani Roma and 11'41" over Krzysztof Holowczyc.

13:44 - car 300 - CP1: Al-Attiyah ahead of Peterhansel!

Stéphane Peterhansel now lies in second place, 41" behind the driver from Qatar. Orlando Terranova is third. Behind him, the consistent Giniel de Villiers has inched ahead of Nani Roma and lies 2'15" back.

13:16 - car 305 - Al-Attiyah surges ahead

Nani Roma has passed CP1, clocking 1 h 33'53". He is leading the car field today, but his time has just been smoked by Qatar's Nasser Al-Attiyah, 2'31" faster (1 h 31'22").

11:36 - car 305 - The cars start the special

Nani Roma has started right on schedule (11:27 am local time) and will be leading the car field in this 296-kilometre special, followed by Krzysztof Holowczyc, Nasser Al-Attiyah and Giniel de Villiers.

Stéphane Peterhansel will be able to take advantage from their traces thanks to starting in seventh position.

07:32 - car 305 - The cars start the liaison

7:12 am local time: Spain's Nani Roma (Mini) is the first car driver to start the fourth stage of the 2012 Dakar, stretching from San Juan to Chilecito stage. A total of 140 cars are expected to start today. They will head north to the start of today's stage in La Rioja Province, which will take them on a 326-kilometre trek between Guandacol and Villa Castelli.

04:30  Stage 4: Navigation in the river beds...

On the menu for the fourth stage between San Juan – Chilecito, for all the competitors, are 424 kilometres of link stage and 326 km of special. The stage starts at 5.30 AM local time for the bikes, 7.16 AM for the cars and 9.33 AM for the trucks.

Its summit is located at almost 3,500 metres in altitude and it will contain sandy terrain and rocks, surfaces which will again throw a proverbial cat amongst the proverbial pigeons and shake up the standings. Cyril Despres will open the road on two wheels and Holowczyc is the new main man in the car category.

Whilst the Frenchman boasts a decent lead after the third stage, the advantage possessed by the Polish driver is rather fragile… On the special stage, nobody will be able to take it easy, because, whether in terms of the navigational subtleties at the end of the route or the small obstacles to avoid, there will be plenty of occasions to lose time and ground.

 It is likely that once the rally arrives in Chilecito, one or two pretenders will already have been eliminated from the battle for the title!

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04.01.2012 / MaP

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