The Atacama Rally is drawing to a close with some thrilling and picturesque stages that have required a high degree of riding dexterity. Team HRC’s Paulo Gonçalves opened the way for most of the fourth stage, coming home in the leading group.
Not for the first time, the camanchaca – the thick morning mist that dominates the desert region of Atacama – led to a delayed start. Riders got away an hour later than the scheduled start-time for safety reasons, for the second day running. The penultimate stage proved to be a demanding affair that included a thirty kilometre area of dunes and some fast track.
Yesterday’s troublesome stage saw some penalizations dished out once rider’s GPSs had been checked by race officials after the race. The leading riders in the special received a twenty minute sanction for missing one of the waypoints which meant that Paulo Gonçalves was reclassified up into third place. Today, the Portuguese rider had a tough time trying to whittle down the gap with race leaders due to the sheer amount of sand in the stage.
It was no pleasure cruise for Jeremias Israel either. The Chilean never really felt right throughout the race and prefered to take it steadily and focus on improving his navigation skills.
Tomorrow will see the final stage of the Atacama Rally with a final special stage of a little over 100 kilometres that comes to a close in La Serena.
Results Stage 4
|1||Walkner Matthias||AUT||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||3:02'20|
|2||Quintanilla Pablo||CHI||KTM Warsaw Rally Team||KTM||+ 3'12|
|3||Sunderland Sam||3||GBR||KTM Factory Racing Team||KTM||+ 4'30|
|4||Goncalves Paulo||POR||Team HRC||Honda||+ 7'31|
|5||Price Toby||1||AUS||KTM Factory Racing Team||KTM||+ 9'53|
|6||Viladoms Jordi||11||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+ 16'35|
|7||Israel Jeremias||CHI||Team HRC||Honda||+ 17'05|
|8||Prohens Felipe||CHI||Team Hermanos Prohens||KTM||+ 24'00|
|9||Meo Antoine||FRA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+ 27'58|
|10||Al Balooshi Mohammed||UAE||Balooshi Racing KTM UAE||KTM||+ 39'10|
Provisional Standings after Stage 4
|1||Walkner Matthias||AUT||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||9:16'15|
|2||Quintanilla Pablo||CHI||KTM Warsaw Rally Team||KTM||+ 2'27|
|3||Sunderland Sam||3||GBR||KTM Factory Racing Team||KTM||+ 6'14|
|4||Viladoms Jordi||11||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+ 21'37|
|5||Gouet Daniel||CHI||KTM||KTM||+ 33'08|
|6||Israel Jeremias||CHI||Team HRC||Honda||+ 45'33|
|7||Prohens Felipe||CHI||Team Hermanos Prohens||KTM||+ 55'22|
|8||Goncalves Paulo||POR||Team HRC||Honda||+ 58'24|
|9||Al Balooshi Mohammed||UAE||Balooshi Racing KTM UAE||KTM||+ 1:23'49|
|10||Cornejo José Ignacio 'Nacho'||CHI||XRaids||Suzuki||+ 1:26'06|
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