Carlos Sainz remains in the fight after another difficult stage

09/01/2024

The Dakar 2024 has been one of the toughest in recent years. Today, despite the fact that the fourth stage, the second part of the marathon, was a shorter special stage than the previous ones with 299 kilometers, punctures and complex navigation were once again the protagonists.

Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz have remarkably overcome this stage by finishing in fourth position, just over five minutes behind the day’s winner Sebastien Loeb (Bahrain), remaining in second position in the overall standings, four and a half minutes behind leader Yazeed Al Rajhi (Toyota).

Carlos Sainz: “Today’s stage was difficult. It was difficult to understand the roadbook and we suffered a bit with the navigation. Then the problem was the dust from the car in front, we have been many kilometers behind, I have warned him many times with the sentinel and just when he was going to move away, right there, I have punctured with a stone. For the rest, another day without problems and that’s what’s important”.

Tomorrow’s stage
Stage 5: AL-HOFUF > SHUBAYTAH Link > 527 km – Special > 118 km
The stage figures might seem misleading, but there are two parameters to take into account when assessing the difficulty of this day. Firstly, the length of the liaison and the early start will take its toll on the physical fitness of the drivers and their teams. And then the return to the sea of dunes of the Empty Quarter, where the kilometers of the special stage count double or triple. Here there is nothing but sand, and the average speed goes into free fall. Few will have reached the Shubaytah bivouac by sunset.