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WhatDakar Day 4 ive
WhereSan Juan de Marcona, Peru
WhenTuesday 9 January
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DAKAR 2018 STAGE 3 LIVE - Tuesday 9 January: San Juan de Marcona
Bikes start 14h30 SA time; cars 16h05
Today's stage: 444km, Special: 330km. Altitude 0-2100m ASL
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21h40 - cars: Giniel de Villiers arrives at the finish of the stage - he lost one hour 13 minutes today. We understand that the three lost most of their time due to punctures and getting stuck in the dunes today.

21h15 - Day's Wrap:

DAKAR’S TUESDAY TRAUMA
Another Peugeot 1-2-3 as rivals falter

Tuesday’s fourth day of Dakar 2018 proved a dramatic one with key competitors running into trouble on several fronts. The stage that started with a spectacular beach getaway in waves of 15 bikes and four cars starting side by side and blasting up the long sandy strand before veering into the foothills of the Andes around Peruvian port San Juan de Marcona, has fundamentally changed the face of the race.

Peugeot trio, WRC champions stage winner Frenchman Sebastien Loeb and Spaniard Carlos Sainz, and another French driver, Mr. Dakar, Stephane Peterhansel may well have written another dominant 1-2-3 into the record books, but teammate Cyril Despres was stuck in the desert with his Peugeot’s rear suspension disgorged and waiting for service. And no sooner had Despres stopped when Toyota duo Nasser Al Attiyah and SA star Giniel de Villiers ran into trouble with both Hiluxes stopped on the route with Attiyah losing 54 minutes and Giniel .

That left the way open for Italian Eugenio Amos to take fourth overall in his 2WD buggy ahead of Sheik Al Qassimi’s privateer Peugeot, Lucio Alvares and SA navigator Rob Howie’s Hilux and the leading Gazoo Toyota Hilux of Dutch driver Bernhard ten Brinke. 

Peterhansel now leads Loeb and Sainz overall, so Mini’s attack obliterated and the Sharp end of the Toyota effort now hobbled, it seems the Peugeots now just need to keep on trucking as they are to post what would be an historic hat trick. But this is the Dakar, there are ten days left to race and anything can happen…

Away from the madness up front, South African privateers Hennie de Klerk and Gerhard Schutte were still keeping to their promise of delivering a consistent Dakar drive today, keeping the TreasuryOne Amarok around 39th position all day so far - come back later to find out where they ended up…

It was no easier on two whees either, as Frenchman Adrien van Beveren took motorcycle honours by over five minutes over Yamaha teammate and compatriot Xavier de Soultrait, with KTM’s Matthias Walkner third, while Argentinian Pablo Quintanila moved his Husqvarna up to fourth on the day from KTM men, Slovak rider Stefan Svitko and Spaniard Daniel Oliveiras Carreras. 

It was a tough day for Honda’s Joan Barreda who lost ten minutes in the final sector to tumble down to ninth on the day, while defending champion Toby Price fell to 14th and his KTM teammate and yesterday’s winner Sam Sunderland was in trouble in a stage where navigation proved the name of the game with wild fluctuations in positions through the bike field checkpoint to checkpoint .

The commotion was good to the SA riders though - David Thomas bounced up to 39th from 53rd, while Donovan van de Langeberg moved up to 50th and Sonovan van de Langeberg and Wilem du Toit were still racing in 60th and 66th positions as we wrote…

Tuesday’s result also completely reshuffled the overall positions among the bikes, with stage winner van Beveren bouncing up from seventh to take the overall lead from Quintanilla, Honda’s Kevin Benavides, Walkner, Soultrait and Price.

There was also a shake-up in Tuesday’s quad results, where Russia’s Sergey Karyakin finally overcame his Argentine nemesis and overall  leader Ignacio Casale to take his first Dakar stage of 2018 win by 43 seconds over Casale.

Wednesday’s split stage from San Juan de Marcona to Arequipa sees the bikes and quads taking a separate 508km route with a 266km special stage to the cars and trucks, which take on a longer 666km day, starting first thing in the morning with 268km of racing over the mountainous sands of Tanaka. Catch the action as it happens on TreasuryOne’s live blog at www.motorsportmedia.co.za.



21:10 - cars: Italian Eugenio Amos is provisionaly fourth overall in his 2WD buggy ahead of Sheik Al Qassimi’s privateer Peugeot, Lucio Alvares and SA navigator Rob Howie’s Hilux and the leading Gazoo Toyota Hilux of Dutch driver Bernhard ten Brinke. 

20h44 - quads: There was also a shake-up in Tuesday’s quad results, where Russia’s Sergey Karyakin finally overcame his Argentine nemesis and overall  leader Ignacio Casale to take his first Dakar stage of 2018 win by 43 seconds over Casale.

20h15 - bikes: SA rider David Thomas brings his Husqvarna home a fine 39th...

20h10 - cars: It seems as if it's another Peugeot 1-2-3 today as Sebastien Loeb emerges as the provisional car day winner over Carlos Sainz and Stefan Peterhansel...

20h00 - cars: Toyota drivers Nasser Al-Attiyah and Giniel de Villiers are both reported to have stopped after 226 kilometres 

19h55 - bikes: Today's result has completely reshuffled the overall positions among the bikes - with Sunderland still in the stage, today''s winner Adrien van Beveren has bounced up from seventh to take the overall lead from Pablo Quintanilla, Benavides, Walkner, Soutrait and Price.

19h50 - cars: The treasuryOne Amarok continues to deliver a steady run in 37th after sector 5 - Hennie and Gerhard coud well climb into the overall top 30 tonight if they can get through where some others struggled today...

19h45 - cars: Stephane Peterhansel has emerged from the end of the sixth sector with a small 48 second lead over Sebastian Loeb, with Carlos Sainz completing a Peugeot 1-2-3 albeit 5 minutes further back. Toyota's Bernhard ten Brinke is now the best of the rest, 11 minutes off the lead, while Giniel de Villiers lost 25 minutes stopped and Nasser al Attiyah over 30, while Cyril Despres is sitting in the desert waiting for service. What else has this troublesome day have in store...

19h30 - bikes: The top three in the bikes remain unchanged with Adrien van Beveren taking the day from de Soultrait and Wakner, but Pablo Quintanila has moved up to fourth on the day from  Stefan Svitko and Oliveiras Carreras. It was a tough day for Joan Barreda in the end, osing ten minutes in the final sector to tumbled down to ninth on the day, while defending winner Toby Price fell to 14th and his KTM teammate and yesterday's winner Sam Sunderland has not yet reached the finish ...

19h15 - cars - Al-Attiyah is up and going again albeit at reduced speed, while teammate Giniel De Villiers has also spent some time at a standstill.

19h10 - bikes: Frenchman Adrien van Beveren is the provisional motorcycle winner today, by over five minutes over teammate and compatriot Xavier de Soultrait and KTM's Mattias Wakner, but there may sti be much change in the order considering the level of position changes through the day... . 

18h55 - cars: Now Nasser Al Attiyah's Toyota has come to a hat in the stage...

18h45 - cars: South African privateers Hennie de Klerk and Gerhard Schutte are keeping to their promise of delivering a consistent Dakar drive today, keeping the TreasuryOne Amarok in 39th position all day so far...

18h40 - cars: Reports from the field suggest Cyril Despres'  third placed Peugeot has lost a wheel and broken its suspension and it appears that the Frenchman will not be able to repair it on his own as he waits for service, dealing a blow to his chances of overall victory this year

18h10 - cars: Loeb maintains the lead over Peterhansel and Despres after sector 6, with  Al Attiyah the best of the Toyotas. Ten Brinke was next up from de Villiers who lost 5 minutes sector 4 ...

18h00 - bikes: CP6 - Now today's bridesmaid van Beveren leads from Barreda, Barragan, Metge, Soultrait and Walkner as the bikes continue to chop and change positions throughout the field every checkpoint. 

17h30 - cars: At CP3 Loeb maintains the lead over Peterhansel, Despres, Ten Brinke, de Villiers, Al Attiyah, Sainz, who lost 7 minutes in that sector and Prokop...

17h10 - bikes: Seems navigation is the name of the game today with wild fluctuations in positions through the bike field checkpoint to checkpoint with Soultrait bouncing from fifth to first, Price bouncing from 13th to fourth, Bort dropping first to fourth and van Beveren staying second - and that's just the top four. The comotion has been good to the SA drivers though - David Thomas bounced up to 40th from 53rn and Donovan van de Langeberg 50th...

17h00 - bikes: Four front-running bikers - Sunderland, Quintanilia, Meo and Metge all lost 10 minutes in the last segment - were they lost together...?

16h50 - cars: All change as the second quartet clear CP1 - now Loeb leads Peterhansel, Ten Brinke, Al Attiyah, Prokop, de Villiers, Despres and Sainz. 

16h40 - cars: The first four cars are through CP1 with Peterhansel leading A Attiyah by a minute, Despres and Sainz. 

16h30 - bikes: with the exception of de Soultrait, who lost 8 minutes en route, there was little change at CP5 as Barreda continued to lead van Beveren and Navado, with Metge and Walkner next up. South Africans David Thomas was meanwhile 53rd, Donavan van den Langeberg 64th and Willem du Toit 73rd at CP3

16h10 - bikes: Joan Barreda is out to make up for getting lost yesterday and leads the way at CP3 today - the Spaniard and his Honda sit 30 seconds clear of Adrien van Beveren's Yamaha and a surprise in the form of Baragan Navado on a Race Replica 450, Xavier Coultrait was fourth. KTM trio Sunderland, Price and Walkner seem to be biding their time in 9th, 11th and 12th albeit within striking distance of Barreda. 

10h30 - recap: Until the action starts later today, feel free to catch up on all Monday's Day 4 Dakar action here and find the archive of each day's live action and summaries here

10h20 - trucks: Argentine Federico Villagra took his first stage win on the Dakar in fine style when the behemoths finished late last night - the Iveco driver came from behind to beat Eduard Nikolaev by just 35 seconds overall the last few kilometres. Nicolaev still leads the overall truck standings.

10h10 - all: Today starts with a spectacular beach getaway with waves of 15 bikes and four cars starting side by side and blasting up the long sany strand before veering into the foothills of the Andes for the first taste of altitude peaking just above 2000m - or about the same elevation as the highest point in SA! There's a trick to get there though - among the longest-ever sandy sections the Dakar has ever seen - 100km dunes of all sizes before crews will blast through a tricky to find canyon to the finish. Follow the action as it develops right here on TreasuryOne's Daily Live Dakar Blog from around 14h00 SA time this afternoon

10h00 - all: Tuesday’s fourth Dakar stage will sees crews tackling a 444km loop around San Juan de Marcona starting with a 114km liaison section down to a beachside start before a 330km blast into and around the foothills of the Andes, peaking at 2km above sea level with a little less sand and a little more gravel and stone driving. Follow it all here via TreasuryOne’s Live Blog this afternoon and evening

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