Monster Energy/X-raid puts five BMW X3CCs and a MINI ALL4 in the Dakar top 11 on Wed.
Peterhansel’s on the podium yet again in 3rd, Terrnova’s 6th and Chicherit’s 7th in the MINI; Verhoeven places 8th in motorcycle class
Photos courtesy of Joe Bonnello & Willy Weyens
CALAMA, Chile, (Jan. 5, 2011) – Stage Four of the 2011 Dakar Rally moved over a rugged border separating Argentina to Chile, well up into the Andes Mountains for the second-straight day of high altitude – absolutely punishing the Monster Energy/X-raid BMW X3CCs and MINI ALL4 Racing vehicles, as well as the Monster Energy/Speedbrain BMW G450RR motorcycles.
It was, to say the least, a stage of racing that makes the Dakar one tough son-of-a-gun. And it was nearly won by Monster Energy/X-raid’s Stephane Peterhansel in his team-leading BMW X3CC.
“About 50km before the end we had a slow puncture and had to stop and change the tire,” said Peterhansel of what would have been Monster Energy/X-raid’s first stage win. “I think we could have won the special without the flat tire, but third position is an ideal place to start the stage in the desert tomorrow, so it is not too bad. The stage was fast with quite a few bumps and I had to be careful because it was a little dangerous in the dust of some of the bikes.”
That bike dust was coming from Monster Energy/Speedbrain’s Frans Verhoeven (breathing some dust himself), who brought his BMW G450RR home in 8th place – the only top ten finish of the day for Monster/Speedbrain’s riders. Overall Monster Energy/Speedbrain racers Paulo Goncalves and Ze Helio are still in the top ten, Goncalves in 4th and Helio in 8th.
Back to the Monster Energy/X-raid team, the quartet of Orlando Terranova (BMW X3CC), Guerlain Chicherit (MINI ALL 4 Racing), Kryzsztof Holowczyc (BMW X3CC) and Leonid Novitskiy (BMW X3CC) brought Monster’s M-claw logo in at 6ht, 7th, 8th and 9th places, respectively. And for good measure, Ricardo Leal Dos Santos (BMW X3CC) locked down 11th place on Stage Four, just 12 seconds out of 10th place.
Notes & Quotes:
- Both Paulo Goncalves and Ze Helio ended up running into some navigational issues – like many racers on Stage Four – and both lost some 15 minutes in their effort to return to the course.
- The altitude might have had an effect on navigation efforts as the Fourth Stage that travels into the Andes from Argentina to Chile is known as the “Roof of the Dakar.”
- Former Monster Energy Dakar racer Robbie Gordon was spotted broke down on the side of the road in the liaison section across the Andes with apparent engine problem with his Hummer.
- Monster Energy’s Joe Bonnello and Joe Parson have been shooting some insane video of the X-raid and Speedbrain teams at the Dakar Rally. Take a second to check it out: http://www.dakar.com/dakar/2011/us/stage-4/videos-galery.html
- And here’s another cool video from Dakar: http://www.marathonrally.com/news/sa_dakar_video_summary_of_the_2nd_stage_powered_by_aso_loctite.17305.0.html
“It was a good feeling today and a nice drive without any problems. We had no problems with the brakes and all is okay for tomorrow.” Monster Energy/X-raid’s Guerlain Chicherit on the MINI ALL 4, which had some brake issues in previous stages.
Upcoming: Now in Chile, Stage Five of the Dakar continues its run north through the Atacama desert to the town in Iquique. The Monster Energy/X-raid and Speedbrain teams face an especially grueling 432km special that opens in rocky and rough ground nearly 10,000 feet above sea level. Monster’s racers will run it back through some sandy passes before hitting a 2.3km sandy descent to complete Stage Five.
Dakar Rally, Stage 4, San Salvador de Jujuy, Argentina, to Calama, Chile (761km total)
Positions on stage 4 (unofficial @16.45hrs):
1. Carlos Sainz (E)/Lucas Cruz Senra (E) Volkswagen Race Touareg 1h 57m 09s
2. Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah (QA)/Timo Gottschalk (D) Volkswagen Race 1h 57m 59s
3. Stéphane Peterhansel (F)/Jean-Paul Cottret (F) BMW X3 CC 1h 58m 31s
4. Giniel de Villiers (ZA)/Dirk von Zitzewitz (D) Volkswagen Race 1h 59m 26s
5. Mark Miller (USA)/Ralph Pitchford (ZA) Volkswagen Race Touareg 1h 59m 52s
6. Orlando Terranova (RA)/Filipe Palmeiro (P) BMW X3 CC 2h 01m 13s
7. Guerlain Chicherit (F)/Michel Périn (F) Mini All4 Racing 2h 01m 47s
8. Kryzsztof Holowczyc (PL)/Jean-Marc Fortin (B) BMW X3 CC 2h 03m 05s
9. Leonid Novitskiy (RUS)/Andreas Schulz (D) BMW X3 CC 2h 07m 44s
10. Guilherme Spinelli (BR)/Youssef Haddad (BR) Mitsubishi Lancer 2h 08m 32s
11. Ricardo Leal Dos Santos (P)/Paulo Fiùza (P) BMW X3 CC 2h 08m 44s
Other X-raid team
20. Stephan Schott (D)/Holm Schmidt (D) BMW X3 CC 2h 22m 01s
Positions after stage 4 (unofficial @16.45hrs):
1. Carlos Sainz (E)/Lucas Cruz Senra (E) Volkswagen Race Touareg 11h 09m 14s
2. Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah (QA)/Timo Gottschalk (D) Volkswagen 11h 13m 38s
3. Stéphane Peterhansel (F)/Jean-Paul Cottret (F) BMW X3 CC 11h 14m 55s
4. Giniel de Villiers (ZA)/Dirk von Zitzewitz (D) Volkswagen Race 11h 28m 28s
5. Kryzsztof Holowczyc (PL)/Jean-Marc Fortin (B) BMW X3 CC 11h 36m 59s
6. Orlando Terranova (RA)/Filipe Palmeiro (P) BMW X3 CC 11h 42m 25s
7. Leonid Novitskiy (RUS)/Andreas Schulz (D) BMW X3 CC 11h 58m 54s
8. Guilherme Spinelli (BR)/Youssef Haddad (BR) Mitsubishi Lancer 12h 08m 59s
9. Joan Roma (E)/Gilles Picard (F) Nissan Overdrive 12h 17m 46s
10. Mark Miller (USA)/Ralph Pitchford (ZA) Volkswagen Race Touareg 12h 17m 50s
10. Christian Laveille (F)/Jean-Michel Polato (F) Nissan Dessoude 12h 22m 41s
Other X-raid teams
12. Ricardo Leal Dos Santos (P)/Paulo Fiùza (P) BMW X3 CC 12h 27m 18s
14. Guerlain Chicherit (F)/Michel Périn (F) Mini All4 Racing 12h 36m 27s
27. Stephan Schott (D)/Holm Schmidt (D) BMW X3 CC 13h 52m 48s
1. Marc Coma (SPA), KTM
2. Cyril Despres (FRA), KTM, 0:16 min behind
3. Francisco Lopez Contardo (CHI), Aprilia, 2:05 4. Olivier Pain (FRA), Yamaha, 6:20 5. Helder Rodrigues (POR), Yamaha, 6:55 6. Juan Pedrero Garcia (SPA), KTM, 7:15 7. Jordi Viladoms (SPA), Yamaha, 8:22 8. Frans Verhoeven (NEL), BMW Motorrad by speedbrain, 9:43 10. Pal-Anders Ullevalseter (NOR), KTM, 10:26
14. Ze Helio (BRA), BMW Motorrad by speedbrain, 11:23
19. Paulo Goncalves (POR), BMW Motorrad by speedbrain, 15:11
65. Pedro Bianchi Prata (POR), BMW Motorrad by speedbrain, 40:49
1. Coma, Spain, KTM 11:43:12
2. Despres 0:02 min behind
3. Lopez Contardo 20:12
4. Goncalves 25:40
8. Ze Helio 27:16
16. Verhoeven 51:34
37. Bianchi Prata 1:55:54
For more information on the 2011 Dakar Rally link to: www.dakar.com