Jan 7th, 2015 Dakar Rally Stage 4 Race Info & Discussion

Join in and discuss all the action from Stage 4 of the 2015 Dakar Rally. Robby Gordon recorded a respectable 15th place finish in stage 3. The rally moves into Chile, and the Gordini should be very strong in the Atacama Desert. The special section of Stage 4 is 315km long. Robby Gordon start time: 1:11pm/et. Gordon sits 40th in the overall standings, 4h24m behind. Raceday chat will be available throughout the entire 2015 Dakar Rally.


2015 Stage 3 Photos


STAGE 4 TRACKING


STAGE 4: CHILECITO > COPIAPO

Connection 594km | Special Stage 315km | Total 909km

COURSE OVERVIEW

The competitors will have to prove they are worthy of entering Chile! A very early start and a climb to a height of 4,800 metres will precede the border crossing at Paso San Francisco. The really challenging section will begin with a gradual warm-up on the mining tracks, before drivers are faced with the reality of the Atacama Desert. The route here is open and sandy. Over the course of the last 40 kilometres, the giant dunes and basins of Copiapo will have to be tackled and for many this will be at night. Overcoming them will require finesse and instinct.


The GREEN section of the route is the connection , the RED is the Special Section of the stage.

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1:11pm/et start time for Robby Gordon on Wednesday.

West coasters on vacation can sleep in :)

Your link is the start time for the connector, Argentina into Chile, but the Special Section starts MUCH LATER -> http://www.dakar.com/dakar/2015/us/stage-4/live-timing/sector-2-df-...

TOG: Any word from the team on car condition, issues, Robby's mood? Stuff like that.

369 mile liaison over the Andes to the start of the Special. That's the equivalent of driving from the Colorado/Kansas border over the Continental Divide to the Colorado/Utah border.....and then racing another 195+ miles.

Wow. That puts in prospective.

No kidding, that's a lot of driving ! And then some cars may have to drive the dunes at night ? Sounds like another harsh stage where it pays to start among the front runners

That is a lot of sand. Chance to make up some serious time

Finally! Dunes! Will really get to see what these vehicles are made of

Cyril Despres in the Peugeot leaves the line 2 minutes ahead of Robby. What's the over/under on how long it takes Robby to catch him?

faster than he caught Chicherit!

When the summary says that they will be starting early does that mean from the beginning of the connection , that is an mph speed limit to the start of the special that is where the racing begin at say 10ish PST?

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