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South Africans make a move in Stage 4 of Dakar


STAGE 4 of the 2016 Dakar Rally saw competitors take on a 429km loop at altitudes of over 4 000 metres. Apart from it being a long stretch, this stage also means that the fifth stage must be completed without the vehicles being serviced.

Former Dakar winner, Stephane Peterhansel (Peugeot), claimed the stage win with a time of 03:42:42 while the South African pair of Leeroy Poulter and navigator Rob Howie in the second Toyota Gazoo Racing SA Hilux, managed to post the seventh-fastest time of the day, despite a slight navigational error and managed to move to fourth place overall.

It wasn’t all going the South Africans’ way as veterans Giniel de Villiers and navigator Dirk von Zitzewitz dropped to sixth place overall after starting second overall at the start of the day.

Stage 5 is a bit shorter with teams taking on a 327km dash up to the high altitudes of Uyuni, in Bolivia. This marks the start of three stages in Bolivia as drivers work their way to the penultimate Stage 13 on January 16th in the Argentine city of Rosario.

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