Stage 4 of the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia took the competitors on a 264-mile loop west of Ha’il. The terrain was significantly changed by the previous day rain and careful navigation was key.
Mitch Guthrie Jr and co-driver Kellon Walch claimed another win in the T3 class for the CanAm Red Bull Junior Team. Guthrie Jr had tire issues putting him down on time. Chaleco had the lead until he encountered fuel issues. Guthrie Jr tops the overall rankings. Guillaume De Mevius sits second with Guthrie Jr’s Red Bull Junior Teammate Austin Jones sitting third. Jones finished just off the podium in today’s stage.
Mason Klein was on a roll as things got started and led most of the rally. The Dakar is very unforgiving and a fueling tank issue would take Klein out of contention for the stage. Joan “Bang Bang” Barreda Bort moved into the top podium position for the Monster Energy JB Team. Daniel Sanders continues to lead the overall rankings with Skyler Howes chasing him down.
In the highly competitive car class, Sebastien Loeb came away with the day’s victory followed by Stephane Peterhansel and Carlos Sainz. Nasser Al-Attiyah finished fourth but continues to lead the overall rankings.