- Nasser Al-Attiyah and co-driver Matthieu Baumel (in the Toyota Gazoo Racing Hilux) won stage 4 of Dakar 2022 today.
- Loeb (in the BRX Prodrive Hunter) and Sainz (in the Audi RS Q e-tron) finish in second and third place for the stage, respectively.
- Toyota Gazoo Racing Baltics team flip their car in the desert under challenging racing conditions.
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Earlier today, Yazeed Al-Rajhi and his co-driver Michael Orr in the Overdrive Toyota were whacked with a two-minute penalty for speeding during Stage 4 of the Dakar between Al Qaisumah and Riyadh. The penalty was enough to deny them of the stage win and a podium finish.
Victory went to Nasser Al-Attiyah and Matthieu Baumel in the Toyota Gazoo Racing Hilux. Al-Attiyah celebrates his 44th career stage win. South African Giniel de Villiers was the best-finishing South African, crossing the finish line in sixth place, 3min55sec behind the stage winners.
Sebastien Loeb and Fabian Lurquin in the Bahrain Raid Xtreme Prodrive Hunter vehicle finished the stage in second place, only 25 seconds behind the stage winners. Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz took third place in the Team Audi Sport all-electric RS Q e-tron.
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A challenging stage for everyone
Stage 4 proved gruelling for all participants, according to reports via Twitter. However, it has to be said that Benediktas Vanagas and Filipe Palmeiro from the Toyota Gazoo Racing Baltics team had one of the worst outings this Dakar. In this video below, you can see the pair's Toyota bakkie take flight and flip head over heels before coming to rest in the Saudi Arabian desert.
Century Racing's Christiaan Visser and his co-driver Rodney Burke managed to bring South Africa home in 14th place on this stage behind de Villiers and company, who placed sixth.
Brian Baragwanath and co-driver Leonard Cremer from Century Racing finished the stage in 18th place.
Toyota Gazoo Racing's Henk Lategan and Brett Cummings were leading the race at 238km-mark by 2m30secs over Al-Attiyah in second place, but the South African pair screeched to a halt at kilometre 310 due to a challenge with his rear right wheel. At the time of writing, Lategan and Cummings did not register a finish time for the stage, putting them on the back foot after coming home second in stage 3 yesterday.
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