Stage 4 of the 2020 Dakar Rally Saw the most successful driver in race history collect his 77th stage win while the overall race leader saw his advantage over second place get cut in half.
Here are some of today’s highlights:
In the cars class, 13-time winner Stephane Peterhansel won his first stage in this year’s running, overcoming a flat tire and a wrong turn to hold off defending champion Nasser Al-Attiyah by 2:26. The victory moved Peterhansel up to third place in the overall standings.
Al-Attiyah was able to shrink his deficit to overall leader Carlos Sainz to just over three minutes. Saniz finished the stage third overall, 7:18 behind Peterhansel.
Former Formula One champion Fernando Alonso finished 13th overall, 26:21 behind Peterhansel. Alonso is now ranked 20th in the overall standings, nearly three hours behind Sainz.
Overall: Carlos Sainz holds an advantage of 3:03 over Nasser Al-Attiyah.
In bikes, Jose Ignacio Cornejo was declared the winner of the stage after Sam Sunderland, who came in 0:11 ahead, was assessed a five-minute penalty for speeding. Sunderland dropped down to eighth following the penalty.
Ignacio Cornejo’s teammate Kevin Benavides finished second, while Ross Branch finished third.
Overall: Ricky Brabec holds an advantage of 2:30 over Kevin Benavides.
In side by sides, Dakar rookie Mitch Guthrie took his maiden stage victory, with Aron Domzala finishing 0:19 behind. Fellow American rookie Austin Jones finished third, 1:14 behind.
Jose Antonio Hinojo Lopez finished fifth, and now leads the overall standings, jumping ahead of Francisco Lopez Contardo and Casey Currie. Lopez Contrado and Currie finished sixth and seventh, respectfully.
Overall: Jose Antonio Hinojo Lopez holds an advantage of 3:01 over Francisco Lopez Contrado.
In quads, Ignacio Casale won once again, finishing ahead of Giovanni Enrico by 1:24. Simon Viste finished third, 3:22 behind.
Overall: Ignacio Casale holds an advantage of 21:03 over Giovanni Enrico.
In trucks, Anton Shibalov won for the second time in the first four stages, finishing ahead of teammate Andrey Karginov by 2:41. Dmitry Sotnikov made it a Kamaz 1-2-3 by finishing 9:05 behind Shibalov.
Overall: Andrey Karginov holds an advantage of 10:43 over Siarhei Viazovich.
Cars:  Vaidotas Zala (Stage 1),  Giniel De Villiers (Stage 2),  Carlos Sainz (Stage 3) and  Stephane Peterhansel (Stage 4)
Bikes:  Toby Price (Stage 1),  Ross Branch (Stage 2),  Ricky Brabec (Stage 3) and  Jose Ingacio Cornejo (Stage 4)
Side-by-sides:  Aron Domzala (Stage 1),  Francisco Lopez Contardo (Stage 2),  Gerard Farres Guell (Stage 3), and  Mitchell Guthrie (Stage 4)
Quads:  Ignacio Casale (Stage 1, 2, and 4) and  Giovanni Enrico (Stage 3)
Trucks:  Anton Shibalov (Stage 1 and 4),  Siarhei Viazovich (Stage 2) and  Andrey Karginov (Stage 3)
Highlights of Stage 4 will air on NBCSN this evening at 6:00 p.m. ET. The rally runs through Jan. 17.