"Today's special stage was perfect for us with a
lot of camel grass," Gordon said. "It's on this type of terrain that
the Hummer is doing great.
"A stage victory means nothing to us," Gordon
added. "It's the final victory we are in for. … I am sure that today
we managed to climb up in the standings and we will see how Chile will
treat us. We should be good in the sand dunes."
In second place on the stage French driver Stéphane Peterhansel (BMW) still retains the overall lead of the 2010 Dakar Rally.
"Today was a fast stage with fast off-road sections, which means you
have to keep your eyes on danger," Peterhansel said. "It was tough. We
had to watch out. When you have designed a car — all year long — you do
hope it performs and delivers in technology, in the sand dunes,
everywhere. But nothing is ever certain."
According to the Dakar Rally's web site:
"With a time of 1h40’21, the NASCAR driver arrived a tiny second ahead
of French driver Stéphane Peterhansel (BMW) and 2’26 ahead of Qatari
driver Nasser Al-Attiyah (VW)… In the overall standings it is
nevertheless "Peter" who gets the day’s big win as the driver from
Vesoul now has a 7’36 lead over his most serious rival Spain’s Carlos
Sainz (VW), and a 9’56 lead over Qatari driver Al-Attiyah.
in the Open category, Gordon gets his fourth consecutive stage victory
on this 32nd edition. Finally in the production category, French driver
Nicolas Gibon (Toyota) is the winner and comes back 10’20 behind the
leader in the category’s standings, Spaniard Xavier Foj (Toyota)."
On the bikes defending champion Marc Coma (KTM) managed to get his first stage victory over race leader David Casteu.
"Pending validation by the race marshalls, Spain’s Marc Coma (KTM) gets
his first stage victory on this 32nd Dakar, his eighth stage victory in
the rally raid. After losing more than 40’ in two days the title holder
has started his crazy climb back to the top of the standings; even if
he only regained 2’04 on to David Casteu and 3’14 on to Cyril Despres
Nothing to worry about for the now Andorran who remains
firmly established at the top with a now 8’53 lead on Casteu and a
23’45 on Portugal’s Helder Rodrigues (Yamaha)… As for Marc Coma, he is
now 6th 38’50 from the leader."
Click HERE for today's currant stage 4 Dakar Rally race standings.